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Robeco Asia-Pacific Equities Z EUR

ISIN: LU0834378712
  • Focused investing in Asia-Pacific equities
  • Concentrated portfolio driven by bottom-up selection targeting approximately 90 positions
  • Risk allocation over performance drivers
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About this fund

Robeco Asia-Pacific Equities is an actively managed fund that invests in stocks in developed and emerging Asian-Pacific countries. The selection of these stocks is based on fundamental analysis. The fund focuses on stock selection. Country allocation is a less important performance driver, implemented via country and currency overlays. Voting, Engagement, ESG Integration and Robeco's exclusion policy are part of the investment policy.

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Robeco Asia-Pacific Equities Z EUR

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Market development

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The Asia Pacific index fell 1.2% in September, handsomely beating the MSCI World Index (-3.6%). YTD the World Index is driven by US strength (+6%), while Asia is driven by China’s strength (+13%). Their performance is now in line (+2%). The unprecedented divergence of sector performance continued in September. Even in the face of a correction of US technology high flyers, one-way traffic persisted in Asia. Growth and thematic stocks clearly trumped value. Technology and e-commerce stocks rallied higher while the rest of the market experienced a correction. The new economy is the only game in town and with every wave of new cases, normalization of economies is being postponed. Xi's government announced a target for China to become carbon neutral by 2060, which will need its incumbent energy companies to play a role in those investments. The question is: will the investments be of the social service kind or justifiable on economic grounds? In Japan, Suga was elected as the new Prime Minister. His favorite hobby is to bring down telecom tariffs and this quickly pushed incumbent telecom operator NTT to buy all shares of its mobile subsidiary NTT DOCOMO for an eye-popping USD 40 bln.

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Currency policy

The fund is allowed to pursue an active currency policy to generate extra returns.

Dividend policy

The fund does not distribute dividend. The fund retains any income that is earned and so its entire performance is reflected in its share price.

ESG Integration policy

Robeco Asia-Pacific Equities integrates ESG factors into its investment process by analyzing the impact of financially material ESG factors to a company’s competitive position and value drivers. We believe that this enhances our ability to understand existing and potential (long-term) risks and opportunities of a company. The impact of material ESG factors can be positive or negative, reflecting risks or opportunities, that ensue from a company’s ESG analysis. If ESG risks and opportunities are significant, the ESG analysis could impact a stock’s fair value and the portfolio allocation decision. In addition to ESG integration, Robeco also has an exclusion policy and conducts proxy voting and engagement activities focused on specific themes, such as climate change, aiming to improve a company’s sustainability profile.

Investment policy

Robeco Asia-Pacific Equities provides a balance between diversified exposure and a more concentrated portfolio to offer exposure to some of the world's fastest-growing economies. The portfolio managers make use of both bottom-up and top-down analysis. Bottom-up stock analysis is a primary driver for stock selection. Top-down opportunities and country selection are based on five-factor country analysis, i.e. using macroeconomics, earnings, technical analysis, valuation and sentiment. The fund makes use of an active currency overlay driven by quantitative models and technical analysis. The fund makes use of risk budgeting to allocate risk against the different performance drivers. Risk is allocated between stock selection, country allocation and currency bets. This Sub-fund may invest in China A-shares via the QFII and/or a Stock Connect Programme which may entail additional clearing and settlement, regulatory, operational and counterparty risks.

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Risk management is fully integrated into the investment process to ensure that positions always meet predefined guidelines.

Expectation of fund manager

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We are bullish on Asian markets but realize it is a tug of war between abundant liquidity and weak earnings. North Asia has started to see a recovery of activity and optimism, but preliminary in South Asia. Travel restrictions will remain and borders will unlikely be reopened quickly, which is a headwind to tourism-driven countries. With the strong price recovery, stocks are preferred investment vehicles. While bond yields are <1.5% for Asia Pacific, our dividend yield of 3.0% looks appealing. A bottom in inflation, a steepening of the yield curve and increased fiscal spending should bring a bottom in value. Earnings estimates have been cut aggressively and may have bottomed. Consensus expects earnings to fall by 3% in Asia Pacific in 2020, to then bounce back by 12% in 2021. We are overweight in Japan, where value remains abundant. We like South Korea for valuations and better payouts on the horizon. Australia has been overweight as it deserves a CG-premium. We are underweight in Hong Kong and China, where the gap between growth and value is extreme. The fund (76 stocks) is excellent value at 12x forward earnings, 1.0x book, 5.4% free cash flow yield and a 3.1% dividend yield.

Arnout van Rijn
Arnout van Rijn

Arnout van Rijn

Mr. van Rijn is CIO Asia-Pacific, Co-Head of the Asia-Pacific team and Lead Portfolio Manager of Robeco Asia-Pacific Equities. From 2003 to 2007 he was the Lead Portfolio Manager of Rolinco, one of Robeco's flagship equity products. Before that Arnout held several positions within the Robeco Equity department covering European, Asian and American markets. From its inception in 1994 until 2000, he was Portfolio Manager of Robeco's Emerging Markets Equities fund. From 2000 to 2002, Arnout worked in Hong Kong as head of the Fund Desk at Rabo Investment Management. He started his career in the investment industry in 1990. Arnout van Rijn holds a Master's degree in Business Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam.

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Close financial year31-12
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The fund is established in Luxembourg and is subject to the Luxembourg tax laws and regulations. The fund is not liable to pay any corporation, income, dividend or capital gains tax in Luxembourg. The fund is subject to an annual subscription tax ('tax d'abonnement') in Luxembourg, which amounts to 0.01% of the net asset value of the fund. This tax is included in the net asset value of the fund. The fund can in principle use the Luxembourg treaty network to partially recover any withholding tax on its income.

Fiscal treatment of investor

Investors who are not subject to (exempt from) Dutch corporate-income tax (e.g. pension funds) are not taxed on the achieved result. Investors who are subject to Dutch corporate-income tax can be taxed for the result achieved on their investment in the fund. Dutch bodies that are subject to corporate-income tax are obligated to declare interest and dividend income, as well as capital gains in their tax return. Investors residing outside the Netherlands are subject to their respective national tax regime applying to foreign investment funds. We advise individual investors to consult their financial or tax adviser about the tax consequences of an investment in this fund in their specific circumstances before deciding to invest in the fund.

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