Press release 12 October, 2021

R&M’s European equity fund reaches £100m as it passes first anniversary

The fund, which celebrated its anniversary at the end of September, has surpassed £100m AUM.

Written by

River and Mercantile (“R&M”) today announced that its ES River and Mercantile European Fund (the “Fund”), which has just celebrated its first anniversary, has surpassed £100m AUM.

Since its inception on 30 September 2021, the Fund has returned 32% versus the MSCI Europe (ex UK) IMI return of 22%*. The Fund has also recently been added to Square Mile’s Academy of Funds with a Positive Prospect rating.

James Sym, the Fund’s Portfolio Manager, said:

“In what has been a challenging year across economies and markets, I am thrilled the Fund has demonstrated a strong start. Given the significant investment opportunity today in the ongoing European recovery we believe we are also well positioned for further growth.

“Investors are overwhelmingly exposed to the same investment risks, whether it’s a return of inflation and higher rates or a reversal of fortune for well-loved growth stocks. Inflation historically hurts those who underestimate it. Today it is once again rearing its head. We have built a portfolio to protect against this.

“Pragmatism is the watchword, and here the Fund’s business-cycle framework stands us in good stead.”

Simon Smith, Head of Wholesale at River and Mercantile, added:

“We are proud to have grown the Fund to over £100m and to have received our first rating. Although this represents a key milestone in the Fund’s growth, we believe that the best opportunities within European equities are still to come, especially at the value end of the market, where James and the team are perfectly positioned.

Amaya Assan, Head of Fund Origination at Square Mile Investment Consulting and Research, commented:

“We are pleased to include the ES River and Mercantile European fund into our Academy of Funds. We believe the Fund offers investors an attractive and differentiated strategy from many of its peers, with the manager combining a business cycle approach with bottom-up stock analysis and a willingness to take a different view from the consensus.”


* Source: FE fundinfo Analytics, MSCI. Performance of the Founder (F) (Acc) share class to 30 September 2021, net of 0.30% AMC. Benchmark is the MSCI Europe (ex UK) Investable Market Index Net Total Return. Please note that the F share class for the ES River and Mercantile European Fund is now soft closed. The B share class, net of 0.75% AMC, is available for investment.

 **Assets under management represents amounts on which management fees and performance fees are charged across all asset classes managed by the Group. In relation to Derivatives, AUM represents the aggregate billing notional of the derivative contracts on which management fees are charged. Figure to 30 June 2021.

ES River and Mercantile European Fund

Taking a pragmatic and contrarian investment approach to select attractive companies which offer value, and which are also contributing positively to society.

Aerial view of highway bridge over Danube River, Bavaria, Germany

About James Sym

James Sym, who has over 14 years of investment experience, joined River and Mercantile in June 2020 and is a member of its PVT equity team with responsibility for the European franchise. The Fund is designed to benefit from a forthcoming recovery in the European business cycle and has an unconstrained, pragmatic approach, combining six key tenets to invest in companies with attractive and differentiated characteristics.

About the ES R&M European Fund

The Fund is contrarian, pragmatic and designed to benefit from a forthcoming recovery in the European business cycle.

The portfolio offers compelling exposure to some of the most interesting investment themes in the stock market, such as decarbonisation and the post-Covid recovery which can be accessed through well run, attractive franchises.

And by placing ESG factors at the core of the approach, R&M ensures that investors can be proud of the companies they are investing in, as well as gaining sustainable, long-term returns.

About River and Mercantile Group        

River and Mercantile Group PLC specialises in investment solutions and asset management and is listed on the London Stock Exchange. The group serves a range of institutional investors and investment intermediaries with tailored solutions and investment strategies, covering equities and alternative investments. Formed in 2014 through the merger of P-Solve and River and Mercantile Asset Management, the group’s AUM is over £48 billion** with offices in the UK, Australia, and the US.

Contact us

For more information speak to one of our communications team members


Latest perspectives

Why UK Smaller Companies in 3 charts

Why UK Smaller Companies in ...

Article 1 February, 2023

Whilst you need to go back to 1989 for a worse period of small cap…

3 min read

PVT Equities: A review of 2022 and a look ahead

PVT Equities: A review of ...

Video 13 December, 2022

R&M's Head of Equities, James Sym, looks back over the year as 2023 approaches.

Learn more

Why investors shouldn’t ignore Europe

Why investors shouldn’t ignore Europe

Video 5 December, 2022

James Sym, Manager of the ES R&M European Fund, discusses the fund's performance, lessons learned…

Learn more

Cleansing capitalism’s karma (video)

Cleansing capitalism’s karma (video)

Video 24 November, 2022

William Lough and Laura Corbetta talk through the hypothesis, research methods and conclusions behind our…

Learn more

Sign up to our newsletters

Stay ahead of the curve by receiving our newsletter containing current industry developments and insights.