Risk Considerations

  • Investment involves risk. Past performance is not a guide to future performance. It is possible to lose the principal capital of your investment.
  • The Fund invests primarily in Asia ex Japan countries and markets. Investment in such emerging markets may involve increased risks such as liquidity risks, currency risks/control, political and economic uncertainties, legal and taxation risks, settlement risks, custody risk and the likelihood of a high degree of volatility.
  • The Fund may also invest in frontier countries and markets which may involve additional risks and risks similar to investments in emerging countries and markets but to a greater extent.
  • The Fund invests primarily in equity securities, which may result in increased volatility.
  • The Fund may invest in smaller companies, which are likely to carry higher risks than larger companies.
  • The Fund may invest in financial derivative instruments (“FDIs”). Risk associated with FDIs include counterparty/credit risk, liquidity risk, valuation risk, volatility risk and over-the-counter transaction risk. Exposure to FDIs may lead to a high risk of significant loss by the Fund.
  • The Fund may use hedging techniques to attempt to offset certain market risks but there is no guarantee that hedging techniques will fully and effectively achieve their desired result.
  • Pandemics and other public health emergencies can result in market volatility and disruption.
  • Investors should not invest in the Fund solely based on the information in this website. Please read the Hong Kong Offering Document carefully for further details including risk factors before investing.
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Asia Small Companies Fund

  • Seeks alpha in innovative, capital efficient entrepreneurial companies in Asia ex Japan
  • Focus on firms that have a strong competitive advantage through pricing power, distribution capability, and/or differentiated technologies and services
  • Bias toward businesses that cater to rising domestic consumer demand


Inception Date


YTD Return (USD)

(as of 02/10/2023)



(as of 02/10/2023)


1 Day NAV Change

(as of 02/10/2023)


Seeks to achieve long term capital appreciation.


The Fund seeks to achieve its investment objective by investing, directly or indirectly, at least 65% of its total net assets, in equities of small companies located in the Asia ex Japan Region, and may invest in other permitted assets on worldwide. The Fund defines Small Companies as companies with market capitalization no higher than the greater of US $5 billion or the market capitalization of the largest company included in the Fund's primary benchmark, the MSCI All Country Asia ex Japan Small Cap Index.

Fund Facts
Inception Date 30/04/2013
Fund Assets $191.69 million (31/08/2023)
Base Currency USD
ISIN: LU0871674296 (USD) LU0871674379 (GBP)
Benchmark MSCI All Country Asia ex Japan Small Cap Index
Geographic Focus Asia Ex Japan: Consists of all countries and markets in Asia, excluding Japan but including all developed, emerging and frontier countries and markets in Asia
Fees & Expenses
Management Fee 1.00%
Total Expense Ratio As of 31/03/2022 1.15% ( USD ) 1.15% ( GBP )


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As of 31/08/2023
Average Annual Total Returns
Name 1MO 3MO YTD 1YR 3YR 5YR 10YR Since Inception Inception Date
Asia Small Companies Fund (USD)
-4.80% 5.31% 8.77% 8.29% 12.32% 11.40% 9.26% 7.84% 30/04/2013
MSCI All Country Asia ex Japan Small Cap Index (USD)
-1.14% 9.02% 14.63% 10.82% 9.58% 5.94% 5.68% 4.53%
Asia Small Companies Fund (GBP)
-3.43% 2.67% 3.22% -0.73% 14.20% 11.93% n.a. 11.34% 30/04/2014
MSCI All Country Asia ex Japan Small Cap Index (GBP)
0.38% 6.63% 8.82% 1.76% 11.61% 6.48% n.a. 8.08%
As of 30/06/2023
Average Annual Total Returns
Name 1MO 3MO YTD 1YR 3YR 5YR 10YR Since Inception Inception Date
Asia Small Companies Fund (USD)
3.28% 1.57% 6.68% 7.54% 14.22% 9.93% 8.37% 7.77% 30/04/2013
MSCI All Country Asia ex Japan Small Cap Index (USD)
3.79% 4.27% 9.14% 9.83% 12.76% 4.80% 5.00% 4.10%
Asia Small Companies Fund (GBP)
0.94% -0.63% 1.48% 3.00% 13.08% 10.79% n.a. 11.36% 30/04/2014
MSCI All Country Asia ex Japan Small Cap Index (GBP)
1.18% 1.41% 3.26% 4.92% 11.70% 5.60% n.a. 7.62%
For the years ended December 31st
Name 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Asia Small Companies Fund (USD)
-14.49% 22.19% 46.12% 17.53% -14.53% 30.80% -1.09% -11.08% 11.14% n.a.
MSCI All Country Asia ex Japan Small Cap Index (USD)
-19.93% 21.23% 26.60% 7.58% -18.63% 33.84% -2.05% -3.28% 2.56% n.a.
Asia Small Companies Fund (GBP)
-4.17% 23.80% 41.22% 14.03% -9.84% 19.38% 18.87% -6.49% n.a. n.a.
MSCI All Country Asia ex Japan Small Cap Index (GBP)
-9.84% 22.35% 22.69% 3.43% -13.57% 22.25% 16.83% 2.32% n.a. n.a.

Source: Brown Brothers Harriman (Luxembourg) S.C.A.

The investment policy of the Fund was changed on 15 December 2021. The performance prior to this date was achieved under circumstances that no longer apply.

Unusually high returns may not be sustainable. Due to current market volatility associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, funds may experience significant negative short-term performance.

Since inception performance for share classes with less than one year of history represents actual performance, not annualised. In addition, for share classes less than a year old, Year to Date Return is calculated since inception.

Performance details provided are based on a NAV-to-NAV basis with any dividends reinvested, and are net of management fees and other expenses. These figures show by how much the share class(es) increased or decreased in value during the period or calendar year being shown, where applicable. Performance data has been calculated in the respective currencies stated above, including ongoing charges and excluding subscription fee and redemption fee you might have to pay.

All performance quoted represents past performance and is not indicative of future performance. Investors may not get back the full amount invested. Investors investing in funds denominated in non-local currency should be aware of the risk of currency exchange fluctuations that may cause a loss of principal.

Where no past performance is shown there was insufficient data available in that year to provide performance.

Additional performance, attribution, liquidity, value at risk (VaR), security classification and holdings information is available on request for certain time periods.

Portfolio Characteristics

(as of 31/08/2023)
Fund Benchmark
Number of Positions 66 1,651
Weighted Average Market Cap $4.2 billion $2.5 billion
Active Share 97.8 n.a.
P/E using FY1 estimates 16.6x 14.6x
P/E using FY2 estimates 13.5x 12.3x
Price/Cash Flow 11.6 7.4
Price/Book 2.4 1.5
Return On Equity 10.5 12.5
EPS Growth (3 Yr) 26.7% 22.3%

Sources: Factset Research Systems, Inc.

Risk Metrics (3 Yr Return)

(as of 31/08/2023)
Upside Capture
Downside Capture
Sharpe Ratio
Information Ratio
Tracking Error

Fund Risk Metrics are reflective of Class I USD ACC shares.

Sources: Zephyr StyleADVISOR

Top 10 Holdings

(as of 31/08/2023)
Name Sector Country % Net Assets
Shriram Finance, Ltd. Financials India 6.7
Bandhan Bank, Ltd. Financials India 6.5
Legend Biotech Corp. Health Care China/Hong Kong 5.1
Full Truck Alliance Co., Ltd. Industrials China/Hong Kong 4.0
Hugel, Inc. Health Care South Korea 3.5
Finolex Cables, Ltd. Industrials India 2.5
Phoenix Mills, Ltd. Real Estate India 2.5
Airtac International Group Industrials China/Hong Kong 2.5
Elite Material Co., Ltd. Information Technology Taiwan 2.2
Zhihu, Inc. Communication Services China/Hong Kong 2.1
TOTAL 37.6

Top 10 holdings may combine more than one security from the same issuer and related depositary receipts.
Source: Brown Brothers Harriman (Luxembourg) S.C.A

Portfolio Breakdown (%)

(as of 31/08/2023)
  • Sector Allocation
  • Country Allocation
  • Market Cap Exposure
Sector Fund Benchmark Difference
Industrials 26.0 16.2 9.8
Information Technology 20.1 20.4 -0.3
Financials 14.9 9.5 5.4
Health Care 14.0 9.0 5.0
Consumer Discretionary 12.5 10.7 1.8
Real Estate 5.2 7.5 -2.3
Consumer Staples 2.3 4.7 -2.4
Communication Services 2.1 4.5 -2.4
Materials 0.0 13.7 -13.7
Utilities 0.0 2.3 -2.3
Energy 0.0 1.5 -1.5
Cash and Other Assets, Less Liabilities 2.8 0.0 2.8

Sector data based on MSCI’s revised Global Industry Classification Standards. For more details, visit

Country Fund Benchmark Difference
China/Hong Kong 34.4 13.5 20.9
India 29.0 29.8 -0.8
Taiwan 13.5 23.9 -10.4
South Korea 8.1 17.7 -9.6
Philippines 4.1 1.0 3.1
Vietnam 3.5 0.0 3.5
Indonesia 2.3 2.5 -0.2
Thailand 1.6 3.9 -2.3
Bangladesh 0.5 0.0 0.5
United States 0.3 0.0 0.3
Singapore 0.0 4.9 -4.9
Malaysia 0.0 2.9 -2.9
Cash and Other Assets, Less Liabilities 2.8 0.0 2.8

Not all countries are included in the benchmark index(es).

Equity market cap of issuer Fund Benchmark Difference
Mega Cap (over $25B) 0.0 1.9 -1.9
Large Cap ($10B-$25B) 6.8 0.0 6.8
Mid Cap ($3B-$10B) 43.8 19.6 24.2
Small Cap (under $3B) 46.6 78.4 -31.8
Cash and Other Assets, Less Liabilities 2.8 0.0 2.8

The Portfolio’s market cap exposure breakdown presented is used for comparison purposes and the definition of the capitalization breakdown is from MSCI.

The Fund defines Small Companies as companies with market capitalization no higher than the greater of US$5 billion or the market capitalization of the largest company included in the Fund's primary benchmark, the MSCI All Country Asia ex Japan Small Cap Index.

Source: FactSet Research Systems unless otherwise noted.
Percentage values in data are rounded to the nearest tenth of one percent, so the values may not sum to 100% due to rounding. Percentage values may be derived from different data sources and may not be consistent with other Fund literature.


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Portfolio Managers*

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Vivek Tanneeru

Lead Manager

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Jeremy Sutch, CFA


*No Hong Kong based Co-Manager for the Matthews Asia Funds will exercise investment discretion for or on behalf of the Fund in Hong Kong.

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