Global Small Companies Fund

The Pengana Global Small Companies Fund provides exposure to a diversified portfolio of predominantly listed global small and mid-cap companies.

Investment strategy

The Pengana Global Small Companies Fund is an actively managed portfolio of global small and mid-cap stocks.

The Fund’s investments are managed by specialist US-based manager Lizard Investors LLC, who create and actively manage portfolios not typically owned by large institutions.

The investment manager uses a value-oriented approach to identify and invest in quality businesses that  create significant value but are mispriced, overlooked, or out of favour.

The investment manager conducts independent analysis to generate their own investment ideas. Investment opportunities must meet the following five criteria to be considered for inclusion in the portfolio.

  • A durable competitive advantage;
  • Management alignment with minority stakeholders;
  • Sound corporate governance;
  • Strong balance sheets; and
  • Compelling valuations.

The portfolio is well diversified across different geographies and industries.

Benefits of investing

Access to a vast investment universe. With over 50,000 listed global small to mid-cap companies on world stock markets, there are many opportunities for investment managers that can generate their own ideas and conduct independent research.

Specialist skills. The senior members of the Lizard investment team have over 50 years of combined investment experience in small cap investing.

A truly active fund. The Fund is completely benchmark unaware and selects companies purely on their investment merits not on their weighting in the index. The portfolio is typically concentrated with 30-50 stocks.

Quality businesses at compelling valuations. The Fund focuses on identifying companies with sustainable business models, strong balance sheets, disciplined management and strong governance at compelling valuations.

Potential for higher returns. Global small and mid-cap stocks have the potential to deliver higher returns (alpha) due to the underlying growth potential of the companies.

  • Performance History
    Fund performance for Global Small Companies Fund

    Rotate for best view of chart

    Investment Period to
    Please select a minimum 60 day date range.
    • Diversify for a smoother ride

    Performance at January 2019
    1 MTH 1 YEAR 3 YEARS 5 YEARS Since Inception
    Global Small Companies Fund 2.60% -7.64% 9.98% - 6.45%
    MSCI All Country World Index SMID Cap unhedged in Australian dollars 5.68% 0.32% 10.27% - 6.38%
    Outperformance vs. MSCI -3.09% -7.97% -0.29% - 0.08%

    Net performance figures are shown after all fees and expenses, and assume reinvestment of distributions. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance, the value of investments can go up and down.

    *Total return performance figures are derived from Managers’ records and are shown after all fees and expenses, and assume reinvestment of distributions. Investments can go up and down. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. Inception date: 1 April 2015

    The equally weighted portfolio is calculated by compounding the equally weighted monthly returns of the Pengana funds that were open during each month.  The calculation includes the following funds: Pengana Emerging Companies Fund, Pengana Australian Equities Fund, Pengana Absolute Return Asia Pacific Fund, Pengana Global Small Companies Fund, Pengana International Equities Fund, Pengana International Equities Managed Risk Fund, Pengana PanAgora Absolute Return Global Equities Fund.  Net performance figures are shown after all fees and expenses, and assume reinvestment of distributions. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance, the value of investments can go up and down.

  • Fund Facts
    Minimum investment:


    Recommended timeframe:

    Three or more years

    Inception date:

    31 March 2015


    MSCI All Country World Index SMID Cap (unhedged in Australian dollars)

    Management fee (incl GST):

    1.3340% p.a. of the Class' net asset value

    Performance fee:

    20.5% (including GST net of RITC) of any return of the Class greater than the return of the benchmark Index.

    Buy/sell spread:

    0.30% on both applications and redemptions

    Entry/ exit fees:


    Fund pricing:


    Distribution frequency:

    Twice yearly (June and December)

    Typical number of stocks:


    APIR code:


    Platform availability
    • Asgard
    • BT Panorama
    • BT Wrap
    • FirstWrap
    • HUB24
    • IOOF Pursuit Select
    • MLC Navigator
    • MLC Wrap
    • Macquarie Wrap
    • Netwealth
    • North & MyNorth
    • Powerwrap
    • uXchange
  • Unit Prices
    Unit Prices History Table
    Date Application Redemption Distributions
    21 Feb 2019 1.3047 1.2969 -
    20 Feb 2019 1.2966 1.2888 -
    19 Feb 2019 1.2902 1.2825 -
    18 Feb 2019 1.2933 1.2855 -
    15 Feb 2019 1.2889 1.2812 -
    14 Feb 2019 1.2851 1.2774 -
    13 Feb 2019 1.2868 1.2791 -
    12 Feb 2019 1.2835 1.2758 -
    11 Feb 2019 1.2769 1.2693 -
    08 Feb 2019 1.2733 1.2657 -
    07 Feb 2019 1.2783 1.2706 -
    06 Feb 2019 1.2932 1.2855 -
    05 Feb 2019 1.2790 1.2713 -
    04 Feb 2019 1.2781 1.2705 -

    Download Unit Prices

    Need help choosing a fund?

    Contact Us
  • Investment Team
    Leah Zell Website
    Leah Zell, PhD, CFA

    Chief Executive Officer and Founder

    Read full profile

    Jon Moog
    Jonathan Moog, CFA, MBA

    Chief Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager

    Read full profile

    David Li
    David Li

    Head of Research and Portfolio Manager

    Read full profile

    Kevin McQuarrie170
    Keith McQuarrie

    Senior Analyst

    Read full profile

    Mickey Ryan
    Michael Ryan

    Research Analyst

    Read full profile

    Tam Phan
    Tam Phan

    Research Analyst

    Read full profile

  • Investor Notifications
    Complaints resolution process for retail clients who invest through Platforms Download
    Attribution Managed Investment Trust regime changes - 4 December 2017 Download
  • Reports and Resources

    Global Small Companies Fund


  • Ratings and Awards
    Lonsec Highly Recommended* Click to View
    SQM Superior*** Click to View
    Zenith Recommended** Click to View

    This report may only be accessed by holders of Australian Financial Services Licences and their authorised representatives.

    *The Lonsec rating (assigned February 2018) presented in this document is published by Lonsec Research Pty Ltd ABN 11 151 658 561 AFSL 421 445. The Rating is limited to "General Advice" (as defined in the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)) and based solely on consideration of the investment merits of the financial product(s). Past performance information is for illustrative purposes only and is not indicative of future performance. It is not a recommendation to purchase, sell or hold Pengana Capital product(s), and you should seek independent financial advice before investing in this product(s). The Rating is subject to change without notice and Lonsec assumes no obligation to update the relevant document(s) following publication. Lonsec receives a fee from the Fund Manager for researching the product(s) using comprehensive and objective criteria.

    **The Zenith Investment Partners ("Zenith") Australian Financial Services License No. 226872 rating (assigned November 2018) referred to in this document is limited to "General Advice" (as defined by the Corporations Act 2001) for Wholesale clients only. This advice has been prepared without taking into account the objectives, financial situation or needs of any individual. It is not a specific recommendation to purchase, sell or hold the relevant product(s). Investors should seek independent financial advice before making an investment decision and should consider the appropriateness of this advice in light of their own objectives, financial situation and needs. Investors should obtain a copy of, and consider the PDS or offer document before making any decision and refer to the full Zenith Product Assessment available on the Zenith website. Zenith usually charges the product issuer, fund manager or a related party to conduct Product Assessments. Full details regarding Zenith’s methodology, ratings definitions and regulatory compliance are available on our Product Assessment’s and at

    ***SQM Research is an investment research firm that undertakes research on investment products exclusively for its wholesale clients, utilising a proprietary review and star rating system. Information contained in this document attributable to SQM Research must not be used to make an investment decision. The SQM Research rating is valid at the time the report was issued (January 2018), however it may change at any time. While the information contained in the rating is believed to be reliable, its completeness and accuracy is not guaranteed. The SQM Research star rating system is of a general nature and does not take into account the particular circumstances or needs of any specific person. Only licensed financial advisers may use the SQM Research star rating system in determining whether an investment is appropriate to a person’s particular circumstances or needs. You should read the product disclosure statement and consult a licensed financial adviser before making an investment decision in relation to this investment product. SQM Research receives a fee from the Fund Manager for the research and rating of the managed investment scheme.