1. Overview

    Aims to be a core investment for private investors seeking income. Its objective is to grow the dividend at a faster rate than inflation by increasing capital and growing income. The focus of the portfolio is on global equities but investments are also made in bonds, property and other asset types.

    Baillie Gifford's culture of sharing information and encouraging debate is central to the SAINTS' investment process.

    Performance & Portfolio

    Periodic Performance

    The value of your investment may go down as well as up, and you may not get back the amount you invested.
    NAV is calculated with borrowings deducted at fair value for 1, 3 and 5 years and book value for 10 years.
    *FTSE All World Index (GBP) TR. 
    Performance source: Morningstar and relevant underlying index provider, total return.
    Past performance is not a guide to future performance.


    Discrete Performance

    Performance - 31/10/2020
    The value of your investment may go down as well as up, and you may not get back the amount you invested.
    Benchmark data is limited to a 5 year period from the current date.
    Benchmark - changed from 50% FTSE All-Share / 50% FTSE All World ex UK to FTSE All World Index on 01/01/2014. In the above graph the indices have been chain-linked to form a single benchmark.
    The graph has been rebased to 100.
    Please bear in mind that past performance is not a guide to future performance.
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    Discount/Premium History at Fair - 31/10/2020
    The value of your investment may go down as well as up, and you may not get back the amount you invested.
    If the graph shows negative figures this means that the share price is lower than the NAV at fair – this is known as trading at a Discount.
    If the graph shows positive figures this means that the share price is higher than the NAV at fair - this is known as trading at a Premium.
    Please bear in mind that past performance is not a guide to future performance.
    Dividend Growth vs Inflation - 31/12/2017
    The graph demonstrates how the SAINTS dividend compares with inflation rates. Figures rebased to 100 at 31 December 2007. Hovering over the line shows the actual SAINTS dividend total dividend per ordinary share (net) – pence per share, the retail price index (rebased to 100 at January 1987) and the consumer price index (rebased to 100 at January 2005) for the date highlighted.
    Sources: Thomson Reuters Datastream and Baillie Gifford & Co.
    Please remember that changing stock market conditions and currency exchange rates will affect the value of your investment in the fund and any income from it. The level of income is not guaranteed and you may not get back the amount invested.
    Past performance is not a guide to future returns.
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    Long-term Dividend Record

    No dividend reductions in the past eighty years.

     

    SAINTS Annual Dividend Chart

    Past performance is not a guide to future performance. We have chosen to use a logarithmic scale for the dividend price to more clearly display the consistent level of dividend increase over the years.

    The investment trusts managed by Baillie Gifford & Co Limited are listed UK companies and are not authorised or regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. The value of their shares, and any income from them, can fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the amount invested. 

    Source: Scottish American Investment Trust Annual Reports, Baillie Gifford. Dividends are shown net of withholding taxes since 1973, when Advanced Corporation Tax was first introduced in the UK. Dividends from 1965-1973 are shown net of the 45% Corporation Tax introduced in the Finance Act of 1965. Dividends prior to 1965 are shown as if the Corporation Tax had existed before 1965, on a comparable basis.

    Holdings - 31/10/2020

    Fund %
    1 TSMC 3.2%
    2 United Parcel Service 3.0%
    3 Procter & Gamble 2.8%
    4 Sonic Healthcare 2.6%
    5 Roche 2.6%
    6 Fastenal 2.5%
    7 Microsoft 2.4%
    8 Nestlé 2.4%
    9 Coca Cola 2.3%
    10 Admiral Group 2.2%
    Total 26.1%
    All holdings of 0.7% and above
    Fund %
    1 TSMC 3.2%
    2 United Parcel Service 3.0%
    3 Procter & Gamble 2.8%
    4 Sonic Healthcare 2.6%
    5 Roche 2.6%
    6 Fastenal 2.5%
    7 Microsoft 2.4%
    8 Nestlé 2.4%
    9 Coca Cola 2.3%
    10 Admiral Group 2.2%
    11 Deutsche Boerse 2.2%
    12 PepsiCo 2.1%
    13 CH Robinson 1.9%
    14 Anta Sports Products 1.9%
    15 Edenred 1.9%
    16 Partners 1.8%
    17 B3 1.7%
    18 Apple 1.7%
    19 Watsco 1.7%
    20 Man Wah 1.7%
    21 Schneider Electric SA 1.6%
    22 Atlas Copco 1.6%
    23 Novo Nordisk 1.5%
    24 Analog Devices 1.5%
    25 McDonald's 1.5%
    26 Wolters Kluwer 1.4%
    27 Experian 1.4%
    28 Carsales.com 1.4%
    29 Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing 1.3%
    30 Kering 1.2%
    31 GlaxoSmithKline 1.2%
    32 National Instruments 1.1%
    33 Greencoat UK Wind 1.1%
    34 Albemarle 1.1%
    35 Kuehne & Nagel 1.0%
    36 Hargreaves Lansdown 1.0%
    37 Rio Tinto 1.0%
    38 T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. 0.9%
    39 AVI 0.9%
    40 United Overseas Bank 0.9%
    41 Kimberly-Clark De Mexico 0.9%
    42 British American Tobacco 0.9%
    43 USS 0.9%
    44 Cisco Systems 0.8%
    45 AJ Gallagher 0.8%
    46 Dolby Laboratories 0.8%
    47 Medtronic 0.8%
    48 Silicon Motion 0.8%
    49 Sumitomo Mitsui Trust 0.8%
    50 Sandvik 0.8%
    51 Pernod Ricard 0.8%
    52 Hiscox 0.8%
    53 China Mobile 0.7%
    Total 79.7%
    Asset allocation of total assets - 31/10/2020
    As the Fund invests in overseas securities, changes in the rates of exchange may also cause the value of your investment (and any income it may pay) to go down or up.
    The information contained on this page is intended as a guide only and should not be relied upon when making investment decisions. All holdings information is unaudited. Source Baillie Gifford & Co.
    Please note that totals may not add due to rounding.
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    Active Share - 30/11/2020
    Relative to FTSE All-World Index. Source: Baillie Gifford & Co, FTSE.
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    Meet the Managers

    James Dow

    James was appointed Co-Head of the Global Income Growth Team and Co-Manager of The Scottish American Investment Company PLC (SAINTS) in 2017. He joined Baillie Gifford in 2004 on the Graduate Scheme and became an Investment Manager in our US Equities Team. Previously, James spent three years working at The Scotsman newspaper, where he was the Economics Editor. He is a CFA Charterholder, graduated MA (Hons) in Economics-Philosophy from the University of St Andrews in 2000 and MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics in 2001.

    Toby Ross

    Toby joined Baillie Gifford in 2006 and is Co-Head of the Global Income Growth Team and Joint Manager of The Scottish American Investment Company PLC (SAINTS). He has also been a member of the International Alpha Portfolio Construction Group since 2018. Since joining Baillie Gifford, Toby has also spent time as an Investment Analyst in the UK Equity Team and as a Global Sector Specialist. He graduated MA in English Literature from the University of Cambridge in 2006 and is a CFA Charterholder.

    How to Invest

    You can invest in our funds via a number of fund platforms and supermarkets, please see the links opposite. Information on the range of funds available through platforms can be found in our Platform Matrix

    Further information on our funds can be found in the relevant Key Investor Information and Prospectus Documents, which are available in English and will be sent to you free of charge on request.

    Baillie Gifford does not sponsor, maintain or have any control over the content of any other websites. Therefore, we are not responsible for the adequacy or accuracy of any of the information you may view, nor do we undertake to ensure successful transmission to any linked website.

    How to Invest

    Getting Financial Advice

    At Baillie Gifford we don’t provide financial advice, but we do try our best to provide you with all the information we think you might need to make investment decisions. Of course, we realise there are occasions when you may want the advice of an expert.

    Using professional financial advice

    An authorised intermediary can give you advice and help on how best to manage your financial affairs based on your circumstances and investment aspirations. They can also help keep track of all your different investment interests, saving you a lot of time and bookkeeping.

    Finding a financial adviser near you

    If you want to use an authorised intermediary, MyLocalAdviser is a website that allows you to search for authorised intermediaries in your area. You can visit their site on www.mylocaladviser.co.uk

    Documents

    You can access any literature about the Fund here, either by downloading or requesting a copy by post (where available). To download any document you will need Adobe Reader.  Please note that we can now provide you with Braille and audio transcriptions of our literature on request. It may take up to 10 days for the transcription to be completed dependent on the size of the document.

    Risks

    Any investment in an investment trust involves risk. You should be aware of the following risks when considering investing.


    Past performance

    Past performance is not a guide to future performance.

    The value of your investment

    The investment trusts managed by Baillie Gifford & Co Limited are listed UK companies and are not authorised or regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. The value of their shares, and any income from them, can fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the amount invested.

    Overseas investment

    The Trust invests in overseas securities. Changes in the rates of exchange may also cause the value of your investment (and any income it may pay) to go down or up.

    Emerging Markets

    The Trust invests in emerging markets where difficulties in dealing, settlement and custody could arise, resulting in a negative impact on the value of your investment.

    Gearing

    The Trust can borrow money to make further investments (sometimes known as “gearing” or “leverage”). The risk is that when this money is repaid by the Trust, the value of the investments may not be enough to cover the borrowing and interest costs, and the Trust will make a loss. If the Trust's investments fall in value, any invested borrowings will increase the amount of this loss.

    Share buy-backs

    The Trust can buy back its own shares. The risks from borrowing, referred to above, are increased when a trust buys back its own shares.

    Liquidity

    Market values for securities which have become difficult to trade may not be readily available and there can be no assurance that any value assigned to such securities will accurately reflect the price the Trust might receive upon their sale.

    Derivatives

    The Trust can make use of derivatives to obtain, increase or reduce exposure to assets and may result in the Trust being leveraged. Derivatives are most often used to compensate for possible unfavourable currency and market movements. This may result in greater movements (down or up) in the net asset value of the Trust. It is not our intention that the use of derivatives will significantly alter the overall risk profile of the Trust. A further risk exists in respect of the counterparty with whom the derivative transaction is made. Due care and diligence is exercised in the selection of counterparties, however, the possibility of the counterparty failing to pay sums due to the Trust still remains.

    Property investment

    The Trust has some direct property investments, which may be difficult to sell. Valuations of property are only estimates based on the valuer's opinion. These estimates may not be achieved when the property is sold.

    Corporate Bonds

    Corporate bonds are generally perceived to carry a greater possibility of capital loss than investment in, for example, higher rated UK government bonds. Bonds issued by companies and governments may be adversely affected by changes in interest rates and expectations of inflation.

    Charges to capital

    The Trust charges 65% of its investment management fee, borrowing costs and property management fee to capital, which reduces the capital value. Also, where income is low, the remaining expenses may be greater than the total income received, meaning the Trust may not pay a dividend and the capital value would be further reduced.

    Tax Rates

    You should note that tax rates and reliefs may change at any time and their value depends on your circumstances.

    Regulation

    The Trust is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is not authorised or regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

    Information subject to change

    The information and opinions expressed within this website are subject to change without notice.

    Not Investment Advice

    This information has been issued and approved by Baillie Gifford & Co Limited and does not in any way constitute investment advice.

    Suitability for retail distribution

    Please note that the Company currently conducts its affairs, and intends to continue to conduct its affairs, so that the Company’s ordinary shares can be recommended by Independent Financial Advisers to ordinary retail investors in accordance with the FCA’s rules in relation to non-mainstream pooled investment products (NMPI). The Company’s ordinary shares are excluded from the FCA’s restrictions which apply to non-mainstream pooled investment products because they are shares in an investment trust.

    Disclaimers

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