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HSL The Henderson Smaller Companies Investment Trust plc

The Company seeks capital growth through medium and small UK companies.


Share price
As of 19/02/2024

Estimated NAV
As of 19/02/2024

Discount / Premium
As of 19/02/2024

As of 19/02/2024



The Company aims to maximise shareholders’ total returns (capital and income) by investing in smaller companies that are quoted in the United Kingdom.

The value of an investment and the income from it can fall as well as rise as a result of market and currency fluctuations and you may not get back the amount originally invested. Potential investors must read the latest annual report and where relevant, the key information document before investing. This website is for promotional purposes and does not qualify as an investment recommendation.


  • Looks for quality growth companies but will only invest at a reasonable price
  • Outperformed the Numis Smaller Companies Index in all but four years since Neil’s appointment in 2002.
  • Disciplined management team that abides by a strict checklist to increase the likelihood of good performance
Past performance does not predict future returns. 

Georgeson Tracing Programme

Henderson Smaller Companies Investment Trust has engaged Georgeson to carry out a tracing and engagement programme that will help find and reunite shareholders in the Company with their unclaimed assets.


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Source: Morningstar. Ratings updated quarterly.


Neil Hermon

Portfolio Manager

Industry since 1989. Joined Firm in 2002.

Indriatti van Hien, ACA, CFA

Portfolio Manager

Industry since 2007. Joined Firm in 2011.


Marketing Communication. Past performance does not predict future returns. The value of an investment and the income from it may go down as well as up and you may lose the amount originally invested. Potential investors must read the latest annual report and where relevant, the key information document before investing.
Discrete Performance (%)
As of 31/12/2023
Net Asset Value Price
Quarter End
As of 31/12/2023
2022/2023 2021/2022 2020/2021 2019/2020 2018/2019
Net Asset Value 3.31 -31.71 25.76 3.31 35.74
Price 1.67 -30.10 19.08 -0.63 46.31
Cumulative Performance (%)
As of 31/01/2024
NAV (Net) Price (Net)
As of 31/01/2024 1MO 3MO YTD 1YR 3YR 5YR 10YR
NAV (Net) -0.13 20.71 -0.13 -3.94 -11.35 16.08 78.74
Price (Net) -4.85 20.96 -4.85 -6.06 -16.14 9.91 82.39
Ex Dividend Date Pay Date Amount div p/ps
08-Feb-24 05-Mar-24 7.50
24-Aug-23 09-Oct-23 19.00
09-Feb-23 06-Mar-23 7.00
25-Aug-22 10-Oct-22 17.00
10-Feb-22 07-Mar-22 7.00
26-Aug-21 11-Oct-21 16.75
11-Feb-21 09-Mar-21 7.00
27-Aug-20 12-Oct-20 16.50
13-Feb-20 09-Mar-20 7.00
08-Aug-19 08-Oct-19 16.50
14-Feb-19 08-Mar-19 6.50
30-Aug-18 28-Sep-18 15.00


Top Holdings (As of 31/01/2024)
% of Fund
Bellway 3.44
Paragon Banking Group 3.26
Mitchells & Butlers 2.81
Oxford Instruments 2.71
Vesuvius 2.60
OSB Group 2.56
Ascential 2.55
Balfour Beatty 2.52
Impax Asset Management Group 2.29
Computacenter 1.99
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Sector Allocation % OF FUND % OF FUND (As of 31/01/2024)


  • ​The value of the Funds and the income from them is not guaranteed and may fall as well as rise. You may get back less than you originally invested.
  • ​Past performance does not predict future returns
  • Third party data is believed to be reliable, but its completeness and accuracy is not guaranteed.
  • If a Company's portfolio is concentrated towards a particular country or geographical region, the investment carries greater risk than a portfolio that is diversified across more countries.
  • Most of the investments in this portfolio are in smaller companies shares. They may be more difficult to buy and sell, and their share prices may fluctuate more than those of larger companies.
  • This Company is suitable to be used as one component of several within a diversified investment portfolio. Investors should consider carefully the proportion of their portfolio invested in this Company.
  • Active management techniques that have worked well in normal market conditions could prove ineffective or negative for performance at other times.
  • The Company could lose money if a counterparty with which it trades becomes unwilling or unable to meet its obligations to the Company.
  • Shares can lose value rapidly, and typically involve higher risks than bonds or money market instruments. The value of your investment may fall as a result.
  • The return on your investment is directly related to the prevailing market price of the Company's shares, which will trade at a varying discount (or premium) relative to the value of the underlying assets of the Company. As a result, losses (or gains) may be higher or lower than those of the Company's assets.
  • The Company may use gearing (borrowing to invest) as part of its investment strategy. If the Company utilises its ability to gear, the profits and losses incurred by the Company can be greater than those of a Company that does not use gearing.
  • Using derivatives exposes the Company to risks different from - and potentially greater than - the risks associated with investing directly in securities. It may therefore result in additional loss, which could be significantly greater than the cost of the derivative.
  • The Company confirms that it currently conducts its affairs so that its ordinary shares of 25p each can be recommended by IFAs to ordinary retail investors in accordance with the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) rules in relation to non-mainstream investment products and intends to continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
  • The shares are excluded from the FCA’s restrictions which apply to non-mainstream investment products because they are shares in an investment trust.
  • For detailed product information including the risks associated with investing please read the relevant Prospectus or Annual Report. Please refer to the AIFMD Disclosure document and Annual Report of the AIF before making any final investment decisions.
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