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Leader in active quantitative equities across Australian equities, global equities, emerging markets and global small companies.

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Long short

The long and the short of it

What if positive absolute returns could be made from the falling share prices of small companies?

  • The well-established First Sentier Investors Australian Small and Mid Caps team has extended its small companies long short strategy to retail investors for the first time

  • The strategy aims to make positive absolute returns from rising as well as falling share prices with the introduction short selling

  • Short selling involves borrowing shares and selling them, with the intention of buying them later at a lower price and returning them to the lender

  • Proceeds from selling the borrowed shares are used to reinvest in the team’s most favoured existing long positions as well as select micro caps with the potential for strong growth

  • The team’s preference is for resilient and highly cash generative companies with strong management teams who have a focus on long term value creation remains consistent

Revenue and earnings growth are typically expanding at their fastest point in the company’s formative lifecycle, which more mature companies can find difficult to replicate from a higher base.

On the flip side, there are also many poor-quality listed small companies that will fall victim to unfavourable market conditions or poor management decisions.

Breaking the shackles of the long only constraint means our experienced team can generate returns in stocks that may be over-valued and expected to underperform, at a time when market conditions are variable and unpredictable.

Investors should be aware that the use of short selling creates additional risk compared to a long only strategy.

Curious to learn more about opportunities in Small and Mid Caps?

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This material has been prepared and issued by First Sentier Investors (Australia) IM Ltd (ABN 89 114 194 311, AFSL 289017) (FSI AIM), which forms part of First Sentier Investors, a global asset management business. First Sentier Investors is ultimately owned by Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc (MUFG), a global financial group. A copy of the Financial Services Guide for FSI AIM is available from First Sentier Investors on its website.

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