Investment objective & policy

Investment objective and return objectives

The investment objective of the Company is to provide Shareholders with Capital growth and income over the long term, through investments in listed or quoted global healthcare companies. The Company’s specific return objectives are:

  • To beat the total return of the MSCI World Healthcare Index (in sterling) on a rolling 3 year period (the index total return including dividends reinvested on a net basis); and
  • To seek to generate a double-digit total shareholder return per annum over a rolling 3 year period.

Investment policy

The Company invests in a concentrated portfolio of listed or quoted equities in the global healthcare industry. The Company may also invest in ADRs, or convertible instruments issued by such companies and may invest in, or underwrite, future equity issues by such companies. The Company may utilise contracts for differences for investment purposes in certain jurisdictions where taxation or other issues in those jurisdictions may render direct investment in listed or quoted equities less effective. Any use of derivatives for investment purposes is made on the basis of the same principles of risk spreading and diversification that apply to the Company’s direct investments, as described below, and such use is not expected in the normal course to form a material part of Gross Assets.

The investable universe for the Company is the global healthcare industry including companies within industries such as pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices and equipment, healthcare insurers and facility operators, information technology (where the product or service supports, supplies or services the delivery of healthcare), drug retail, consumer healthcare and distribution.

No single holding will represent more than 10 per cent. of Gross Assets at the time of investment and, when fully invested, the portfolio will have no more than 35 holdings. The Company typically seeks to maintain a high degree of liquidity in its portfolio holdings (such that 90 per cent. of the portfolio may be liquidated in a reasonable number of trading days) and as a consequence of the concentrated approach, it is unlikely that a position will be taken in a company unless a minimum holding of 1.0 per cent. of Gross Assets at the time of investment can be achieved within an acceptable level of liquidity.

There are no restrictions on the constituents of the Company’s portfolio by index benchmark, geography, market capitalisation or healthcare industry sub-sector. Whilst the MSCI World Healthcare Index (in sterling) is used to measure the performance of the Company, the Company does not seek to replicate the index in constructing its portfolio. The portfolio may, therefore, diverge substantially from the constituents of this index (and, indeed, it is expected to do so). However, the portfolio is expected to be well diversified in terms of industry sub-sector exposures. Given the nature of the wider healthcare industry and the geographic location of the investable universe, it is expected that the portfolio will have a majority of its exposure to stocks with their primary listing in the United States and with a significant exposure to the US dollar in terms of their revenues and profits. Although the base currency of the Company is sterling which creates a potential currency exposure, this will not be hedged using any sort of foreign currency transactions, forward transactions or derivative instruments.

The Company will not invest in any companies which are, at the time of investment, unquoted or untraded companies and has no intention of investing in other investment funds.

Borrowing policy

The Company may deploy borrowing to enhance long-term capital growth. Gearing is deployed flexibly up to 20 per cent. of Net Asset Value, at the time of borrowing although the Portfolio Manager expects that gearing will, over the longer term, average between 5 and 10 per cent. of Net Asset Value. In the event that the 20 per cent. limit is breached as a result of market movements, and the Board considers that borrowing should be reduced, the Portfolio Manager shall be permitted to realise investments in an orderly manner so as not to prejudice Shareholders.

No material change will be made to the investment policy without the approval of Shareholders by ordinary resolution.