Fact sheet: BlackRock GF SmallCap

Fund information
Fund name
BlackRock GF Global SmallCap A2 USD
Fund manager company
BlackRock (Luxembourg) S.A.
Fund type
Offshore Fund
Fund managers
  • John Coylesince 04/03/2005
  • Murali Balaramansince 04/03/2005
Fund objective
BlackRock Global SmallCap Fund seeks to maximise total return. The Fund invests globally at least 70% of its total assets in the equity securities of smaller capitalisation companies. Smaller capitalisation companies are considered companies which, at the time of purchase, form the bottom 20% by market capitalisation of global stock markets. Although it is likely that most of the Fund’s investments will be in companies located in developed markets globally, the Fund may also invest in the emerging markets of the world. Currency exposure is flexibly managed.
Benchmark
  • MSCI AC World Small Cap
Investment style
None
Investment method
Shares
Quick stats
1 Year return
13.8%
1 Year rank in sector
245/481
Sector
FO Equity - International
Yield
-
Ongoing charge (OCF)
?A fund’s ongoing charges figure (OCF) is similar to the old-style total expense ratio. It reflects the annual charge to investors in the fund, in percentage terms, but does not include extra performance-related fees (where these are levied) or the fund’s trading expenses on its underlying investments.
1.83%
Fund size
£364m (£341m last year)
FE Risk score
?FE Risk Scores measure the riskiness of instruments relative to the FTSE 100 index of shares. Weekly volatility is measured over three years with recent behaviour counting more heavily than earlier behaviour. Cash-type investments will have scores close to zero. Funds will tend to have scores in the 0-150 range. The FTSE 100 is always scored at 100. There is no upper limit.
113
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Performance snapshot

Holdings snapshot

  • USA47%
    UK7.9%
    Japan6.2%
    Canada5.3%
    India4%
  • Industrials18.4%
    Information Technology14.9%
    Consumer Discretionary14.8%
    Financials10.7%
    Real Estate10.6%
  • US Equities47%
    UK Equities7.9%
    Japanese Equities6.2%
    Canadian Equities5.3%
    Indian Equities4%

Performance vs Sector

Cumulative performance
 1 mth3 mth6 mth1 yr3 yr5 yr
Fund4.2%2.5%11.2%13.8%4.5%47.2%
Sector2%4.5%9.6%14.7%22.6%54.6%
Rank within sector42 / 512405 / 508194 / 502245 / 481356 / 391201 / 293
Quartile1st4th2nd3rd4th3rd
Calendar performance
 YTD - 20172016201520142013
Fund5.8%7.1%-6.7%0.7%36.1%
Sector6.9%7.9%0.7%6%21.3%
Rank within sector318 / 508220 / 470390 / 419301 / 37514 / 329
Quartile3rd2nd4th4th1st
Risk statistics
Alpha
?Alpha is a measure of a fund's over- or under-performance by comparison to its benchmark. If the Alpha is 5, the fund has outperformed its benchmark by 5%; so the greater the Alpha, the greater the outperformance.
-7
Beta
?Beta estimates a fund's volatility by comparison to that of its benchmark. A fund with a beta close to 1 means that the fund will move generally in line with the benchmark. Higher than 1 and the fund is more volatile than the benchmark and vice versa.
1.29
Sharpe
?This commonly-used measure calculates the level of return over and above the return of a notional risk-free investment, such as cash. The difference in returns is then divided by the fund's volatility. The resulting ratio is an indication of the amount of excess return generated per unit of risk.
-0
Volatility
?Volatility (or standard deviation), when applied to an investment fund, expresses its risk. It shows how widely a range of returns varied from the fund's average return over a particular period. For example, if a fund had an average return of 5%, and its volatility was 15, this would mean that the range of its returns over the period had swung between +20% and -10%.
13.56
Tracking error
?This measures the standard deviation of a fund's excess returns over the returns of an index or benchmark portfolio. As such, it can be an indication of 'riskiness' in the manager's investment style. A Tracking Error below 2 suggests a passive approach. At 3 and above the the manager will be deploying a more active investment style.
7.13
Information ratio
?This is a useful risk-adjusted measure of actively managed fund performance. It is calculated by deducting the returns of the fund's benchmark from the fund's overall returns, then dividing the result by its tracking error. The higher the Information Ratio the better. It is generally considered that a figure of 0.5 reflects a good performance, 0.75 very good, and 1.00 outstanding.
-0.78
R-Squared
?An indication of how closely correlated a fund is to an index or a benchmark. Values for R-Squared range between 0 and 1, with 0 indicating no correlation at all and 1 showing a perfect match. Values upwards of 0.7 suggest that the fund's behaviour is increasingly linked to its benchmark.
0.77
Price movement
52 week high93.64
52 week low77.7
Current bid price-
Current offer price-
Current mid price93.65
Region
1USA47%
2UK7.93%
3Japan6.22%
4Canada5.29%
5India3.98%
6France3.38%
7Germany2.44%
8Australia2.08%
9Brazil1.99%
Industry sector
1Industrials18.4%
2Information Technology14.86%
3Consumer Discretionary14.75%
4Financials10.72%
5Real Estate10.63%
6Health Care10.2%
7Materials6.76%
8Consumer Staples5.6%
9Energy4.28%
Asset type
1US Equities47%
2UK Equities7.93%
3Japanese Equities6.22%
4Canadian Equities5.29%
5Indian Equities3.98%
6French Equities3.38%
7German Equities2.44%
8American Emerging Equities2.33%
9Australian Equities2.08%
Individual holdings
1CABLE ONE INC1.45%
2BOB EVANS FARMS INC1.42%
3INSULET CORP1.21%
4MERIT MEDICAL SYSTEMS INC1.16%
5HALYARD HEALTH INC1.08%
6NATIONAL INSTRUMENTS CORP1.02%
7ELIS1.01%
8OUTFRONT MEDIA INC0.98%
9AFRICA OIL CORP0.97%
Management
Fund manager group
BlackRock
Fund manager company
BlackRock (Luxembourg) S.A.
Fund type
Offshore Fund
Fund objective
BlackRock Global SmallCap Fund seeks to maximise total return. The Fund invests globally at least 70% of its total assets in the equity securities of smaller capitalisation companies. Smaller capitalisation companies are considered companies which, at the time of purchase, form the bottom 20% by market capitalisation of global stock markets. Although it is likely that most of the Fund’s investments will be in companies located in developed markets globally, the Fund may also invest in the emerging markets of the world. Currency exposure is flexibly managed.
Benchmark
  • MSCI AC World Small Cap
Investment style
None
Investment method
Shares
Fund managers
NameSinceBiography
John Coyle04/03/2005John Coyle is co-head and portfolio manager for BlackRock's Global Small Cap, Mid Cap Value and Small Cap Value opportunities teams. Mr. Coyle's service with the firm dates back to 1998, including his years with Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, which merged with BlackRock in 2006. At MLIM, Mr. Coyle served as a portfolio manager for the Merrill Lynch Global SmallCap Fund. From 2001 to 2004, he was Managing Director and portfolio manager at Bear Stearns Asset Management where he oversaw the Bear Stearns S&P Stars Opportunities Fund. Previously, Mr. Coyle was a senior equity analyst for Bankers Trust Corporation from 1997 to 1998 and spent 10 years at Standard & Poor's , including Senior Investment Officer from 1994 to 1997. Mr. Coyle earned a BA degree in economics in 1984 from LaSalle College, and an MBA degree in finance from Pace University in 1989.
Murali Balaraman04/03/2005Murali Balaraman, CFA, Managing Director, is a member of the Fundamental Equity division of BlackRock's Alpha Strategies Group. He is co-head and portfolio manager, is a member of BlackRock's Global Small Cap team. Mr. Balaraman's service with the firm dates back to 1994, including his years with Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (MLIM), which merged with BlackRock in 2006. At MLIM, he was a portfolio manager for the Global Small Cap Fund. Mr. Balaraman originally joined MLIM in 1994 and left in 1997. He rejoined MLIM in 1998 after serving as portfolio manager for Atlas Capital Management and Director of Investments at Samuel Asset Management. From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Balaraman was a research associate for the Merrill Lynch Developing Capital Markets Fund, Inc. Prior to joining MLIM in 1994, he was assistant vice president for DSP Financial Consultants and an investment editor for Business Standard in Delhi, India. Mr. Balaraman earned a BComm degree from Delhi University in 1986 and an MBA degree from the Indian Institute of Management in 1988.
Compliance
Transparent for Austrian Tax, Transparent for Swiss Tax, UCITS IV Compliant
Domicile
No data available.
Fund for sale in
Austria, Belgium, Bahrain, Brunei Darussalam, Switzerland, Chile, China, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, United Kingdom, Gulf Cooperation Council, Gibraltar, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Jersey, Republic Of Korea, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Mauritius, Netherlands, Norway, Offshore, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan - Province Of China
BlackRock GF Global SmallCap A2 EUR
Initial charge5%
Annual charge1.5%
Min single investment£5,000
Min regular saving£0
Available in ISANo
Ongoing charge (OCF)1.83%
Total expense ratio (TER)1.81%
Bid price-
Offer price-
Mid price86.22
CurrencyEUR
Price updated27/04/2017
TypeAccumulation
Institutional or retail classRetail
Domicile-
Citi codeM685
BlackRock GF Global SmallCap A2 Hedged AUD
Initial charge5%
Annual charge1.5%
Min single investment£5,000
Min regular saving£0
Available in ISANo
Ongoing charge (OCF)1.84%
Total expense ratio (TER)-
Bid price-
Offer price-
Mid price10.78
CurrencyAUD
Price updated27/04/2017
TypeAccumulation
Institutional or retail classRetail
Domicile-
Citi codeFHMJ
BlackRock GF Global SmallCap A2 USD
Initial charge5%
Annual charge1.5%
Min single investment£5,000
Min regular saving£1,000
Available in ISANo
Ongoing charge (OCF)1.83%
Total expense ratio (TER)1.81%
Bid price-
Offer price-
Mid price93.65
CurrencyUSD
Price updated27/04/2017
TypeAccumulation
Institutional or retail classRetail
Domicile-
Citi codeMO63
BlackRock GF Global SmallCap C2 EUR
Initial charge-
Annual charge2.75%
Min single investment£5,000
Min regular saving£0
Available in ISANo
Ongoing charge (OCF)3.07%
Total expense ratio (TER)-
Bid price-
Offer price-
Mid price69.28
CurrencyEUR
Price updated27/04/2017
TypeAccumulation
Institutional or retail classRetail
Domicile-
Citi codeM683
BlackRock GF Global SmallCap C2 USD
Initial charge-
Annual charge2.75%
Min single investment£5,000
Min regular saving£0
Available in ISANo
Ongoing charge (OCF)3.07%
Total expense ratio (TER)3.07%
Bid price-
Offer price-
Mid price75.25
CurrencyUSD
Price updated27/04/2017
TypeAccumulation
Institutional or retail classRetail
Domicile-
Citi codeMX94
BlackRock GF Global SmallCap D2 EUR
Initial charge5%
Annual charge0.75%
Min single investment£100,000
Min regular saving£1,000
Available in ISANo
Ongoing charge (OCF)1.08%
Total expense ratio (TER)1.07%
Bid price-
Offer price-
Mid price92.07
CurrencyEUR
Price updated27/04/2017
TypeAccumulation
Institutional or retail classInstitutional
Domicile-
Citi codeEGH4
BlackRock GF Global SmallCap E2 EUR
Initial charge3%
Annual charge2%
Min single investment£5,000
Min regular saving£0
Available in ISANo
Ongoing charge (OCF)2.33%
Total expense ratio (TER)-
Bid price-
Offer price-
Mid price80.18
CurrencyEUR
Price updated27/04/2017
TypeAccumulation
Institutional or retail classRetail
Domicile-
Citi codeM684
BlackRock GF Global SmallCap E2 USD
Initial charge3%
Annual charge2%
Min single investment£5,000
Min regular saving£0
Available in ISANo
Ongoing charge (OCF)2.33%
Total expense ratio (TER)2.31%
Bid price-
Offer price-
Mid price87.09
CurrencyUSD
Price updated27/04/2017
TypeAccumulation
Institutional or retail classRetail
Domicile-
Citi codeYG35
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