Our general definition of small and medium sized companies is those companies which fall outside the top 50 listed companies, by market capitalisation, on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX).
There are many small and medium size companies listed on the ASX and we seek to invest in those companies which we believe offer investors attractive value. Of particular interest are companies with relatively low price earnings ratios and high dividend yields. Often these companies have strong growth prospects and specialise in a range of attractive product, market and industry sectors. Benefits may also arise from takeover and/or merger activity.
The Company has been operating since April 1999 and was listed on the ASX on 28 June 2001.
The investment philosophy is built on taking a medium to longer term view of value which means the Company tends to buy and hold individual stocks for the long term based on a selection criteria which, in summary, comprises a focus on:
Investing in this sector can be subject to greater volatility compared with investing in larger capitalised companies because of the reliance these smaller companies have on single markets, products and/or key individuals. From time to time, shares in these smaller companies may also be subject to lower than normal liquidity. Consequently, this section of the market requires a significant amount of research and subsequent close monitoring of the portfolio.
In this context, Mirrabooka is willing to move quickly to realise investments when we form a view for risk management purposes that an investment is well overvalued or there has been a material adverse change in a company’s circumstances or prospects. As such, we believe it is important to be nimble and responsive to material changes affecting these investments.