Metropolis Capital Limited is a UK based Investment Management firm, specialising in unconstrained, high conviction, global equity investment. It has a single investment strategy with current assets under management of $2.5bn.
The portfolio managers are entrepreneurs, Simon Denison-Smith and Jonathan Mills, who met in 1990 whilst working as strategy consultants with Bain & Company. After Bain, they separately went on to launch a software and a media business respectively.
The investment methodology of the firm draws extensively from their combined 40 years of experience building and running successful businesses, in particular the careful and successful allocation of investor capital into over 30 private company buy-outs.
INVESTMENT STYLE: FOCUSED VALUE INVESTMENT
The portfolio managers’ approach is that of “investors” not “speculators”. They seek a return from long-term appreciation of value and the flow of dividends from a concentrated portfolio of 15-25 stocks. For each investment decision, they apply a disciplined and rigorous methodology.
- Value based: Invest in businesses with a protective ‘moat’, trading at a price typically at least 30% below the portfolio managers’ view of the company’s intrinsic value
- High quality management: Emphasis on management who are good allocators of capital. “Owner occupied” (founder-led) businesses are particularly favoured by the portfolio managers
- A private equity approach to public markets: Consider each investment as if the fund is buying the whole business which involves deep due diligence on business and management quality
- Long-term: Focused on absolute returns over 5+ years, regard short-term price volatility as an opportunity
- Aligned with investors: Both portfolio managers have 100% of their financial investments in the fund
- A background of real business experience: The portfolio managers are able to use their experience of building, running, buying and selling real businesses to give them a deeper understanding of the companies they analyse