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The European Smaller Companies Trust plc (ESCT) ORD GBP0.015625

Sell:152.00p Buy:152.50p 0 Change: 1.50p (1.00%)
FTSE 250:0.45%
Market closed Prices as at close on 8 December 2023 Prices delayed by at least 15 minutes | Switch to live prices |
Change: 1.50p (1.00%)
Market closed Prices as at close on 8 December 2023 Prices delayed by at least 15 minutes | Switch to live prices |
Change: 1.50p (1.00%)
Market closed Prices as at close on 8 December 2023 Prices delayed by at least 15 minutes | Switch to live prices |
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2.50p (1.63%)
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EUROPEAN SMALL. performance chart


EUROPEAN SMALL. performance chart
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1 week 1W 0.66% 1 year 1Y 0.98%
1 month 1M 6.29% 2 years 2Y 14.67%
3 months 3M 0.65% 3 years 3Y 0.29%
6 months 6M 1.94% 5 years 5Y 47.93%

Performance figures are based on the previous close price. Past performance is not an indication of future performance.

Trust Basics

Benchmark: MSCI Europe Ex UK Small Cap GR USD
Annual management charge: n/a
Performance fee: Yes
Ongoing charge: 0.80%
Dividend yield: 3.09%
Dividend frequency: Semi-Annually
Total assets: £810m
Gross gearing: 14%
Market capitalisation:Market cap.: £603m
Shares in issue: 400.32 million
Legal structure Closed Ended Investment Company
Domicile: United Kingdom

Recent dividends paid or declared by The European Smaller Companies Trust plc:

Type Ex-div date Payment date Amount
Final 02/11/2023 01/12/2023 3.25p
Interim 30/03/2023 28/04/2023 1.45p
Final 20/10/2022 02/12/2022 3.10p
Interim 31/03/2022 29/04/2022 1.25p
Final 21/10/2021 03/12/2021 16.80p

This data is provided by Digital Look. HL accepts no responsibility for its accuracy and you should independently check data before making any investment decision.

Full dividend history

Five years' total annual The European Smaller Companies Trust plc dividends:

year end
Total dividend
30/06/2023 3.10% 1.11 n/a
30/06/2022 3.10% 1.19 n/a
30/06/2021 13.50% 0.83 n/a
30/06/2020 2.60% 0.63 n/a
30/06/2019 2.50% 1.09 n/a

All dividend data is calculated excluding any special dividends. Historical dividends may be adjusted to reflect any subsequent rights issues and corporate actions.

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Important Documents


The Company seeks capital growth by investing in smaller and medium sized companies which are quoted, domiciled, listed or have operations in Europe (ex UK).


Estimated NAV: 176.74
Latest actual NAV: 176.70
Latest actual NAV date: 7 December 2023
Premium/Discount: -14.85%
12m average Premium/Discount: -14.69%
NAV frequency: Daily

Recent trade data is unavailable. We will be replacing it, however in the meantime the information is available on the London Stock Exchange website.

Security Weight
TKH Group NV CVA EUR0.25 3.69%
Van Lanschot NV EUR1 3.58%
Mytilineos SA 2.61%
DFDS Shipping & Ports Danish 2.22%
KSB SE & Co KGaA Non-Voting Preferred 2.09%
BFF Banking Group NPV 2.00%
U-Blox Holding AG CHF11.50 1.99%
SAES Getters SPA Az.di Risp. non conv. 1.94%
Mersen SA 1.89%
Criteo SA ADR 1.68%
Sector Weight
Industrials 35.56%
Technology 18.45%
Consumer Cyclical 17.44%
Financial Services 14.68%
Basic Materials 6.07%
Communication Services 5.56%
Energy 4.06%
Healthcare 3.80%
Real Estate 2.71%
Consumer Defensive 1.52%
Country Weight
Germany 17.17%
France 16.03%
Netherlands 12.54%
Sweden 11.30%
Italy 10.26%
Switzerland 9.09%
Spain 6.73%
Belgium 4.97%
Greece 3.91%
Finland 2.99%

Key Dates

Launch date: 6 September 1990
Financial year end: June
Next AGM: November 2024
Data policy - All information should be used for indicative purposes only. You should independently check data before making any investment decision. HL cannot guarantee that the data is accurate or complete, and accepts no responsibility for how it may be used. Prices provided by NBTrader. Charts provided by Factset. Dividend data provided by Digital Look. Recent trade data provided by MoneyAM. Trust basics, holding data, key dates, objective and NAV provided by Morningstar.

The London Stock Exchange does not disclose whether a trade is a buy or a sell so this data is estimated based on the trade price received and the LSE-quoted mid-price at the point the trade is placed. It should only be considered an indication and not a recommendation.

Trades priced above the mid-price at the time the trade is placed are labelled as a buy; those priced below the mid-price are sells; and those priced close to the mid-price or declared late are labelled 'N/A'.