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Robeco Corporate Hybrid bonds IH EUR

Index: Bloomberg Barclays Global Corporate Hybrids 3% Issuer Cap (hedged into EUR)
ISIN: LU1700711663
  • Investing in subordinated bonds with a high yield, issued by non-financial companies with an investment grade rating.
  • Corporate hybrids offer attractive valuations within fixed income.
  • Corporate hybrids have developed into a mature, standardized and diversified asset class.
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About this fund

Robeco Corporate Hybrid Bonds invests in global corporate hybrids bonds issued by non-financials. The selection of these stocks is based on fundamental analysis. Corporate hybrids are deeply subordinated bonds with equity-like features. The bonds are mainly issued by investment grade issuers. The fund selects the best in class hybrids bonds, with the best risk-return characteristics.

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -0.74%. The total return of the fund was -0.12% this month, versus -0.10% for the index. The beta of the fund was just above one this month. The beta position made a neutral contribution to the fund’s return. Issuer selection overall made a neutral contribution to performance. Positioning in Volkswagen and Telefónica made positive contributions. The overweights in TransCanada and Enbridge were a drag on performance, partly offset by positive contributions from European energy names (Total and Repsol).

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Market development

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The Global Corporate Hybrids Index delivered a total return of -0.10% this month. The average spread on the index widened 11 basis points to 305 bps at the end of the month. As a result, the global corporate hybrid market underperformed treasuries with an excess return of -0.55%. December was a weak month for global credit markets. Compared to US High Yield (liquid bonds down 4%) and the S&P 500 (down more than 250 points) the performance of corporate hybrids was actually quite strong.Fund flows remained negative, while liquidity and risk appetite traditionally decline anyway towards year-end. Brexit and global trade tensions continued to weigh on sentiment. Progress was made in the discussions between Italy and Europe. Rome and Brussels agreed on a 2% budget deficit for 2019.As expected, the European Central Bank confirmed the end of its asset purchase programs. At the same time, growth forecasts for the Eurozone were slightly lowered. The US Federal Reserve delivered another rate hike as expected. US economic activity seems to be slowing down, especially the manufacturing sector reported weak numbers in December.

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Currency policy

All currency risks are hedged.

Derivative policy

Robeco Corporate Hybrid bonds make use of derivatives for hedging purposes as well as for investment purposes. These derivatives are very liquid.

Dividend policy

This share class of the fund will not distribute a dividend.

ESG Integration policy

The prime goal of integrating ESG factors in our analysis is to strengthen our ability to assess the downside risk of our credit investments. Our analysts include RobecoSAM sustainability data and use external sources to make an ESG assessment as a part of the fundamental analysis.

Investment policy

Robeco Corporate Hybrid Bonds invests in corporate hybrid bonds issued by non-financials. Corporate hybrids are subordinated bonds, which rank between debt and equity in a company’s capital structure. The fund selects the best in class hybrids bonds, with the best risk-return characteristics. Corporate hybrids are mainly issued by investment grade issuers. The aim of the fund is to provide long term capital growth by investments in corporate hybrids bonds. The fund aims to outperform its benchmark: Bloomberg Barclays Global Corporate Hybrids 3% Issuer Cap. The investment philosophy is based on managing a solid portfolio with a long term view. Top-down beta positioning is based on the outcome of our credit quarterly outlook meeting, in which the team is discussing the fundamental market outlook, valuation of bond markets and market technicals. Bottom-up issuer research is executed by our credit analysts, who execute the fundamental analysis. The portfolio managers are responsible for the portfolio construction. A proprietary developed risk management approach avoids high risk concentration in the portfolio. Duration of the portfolio is managed in line with the index and currency exposure is hedged.

Risk policy

Risk management is fully embedded in the investment process so as to ensure that the fund's positions remain within set limits at all times.

Expectation of fund manager

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Given the attractive spreads on investment grade hybrids, we continue to like the asset class. We aim for a portfolio beta above one. The average spread on the global index was 305 bps at the end of December, which is above average on a historical basis. We prefer bonds with a relatively low spread-duration, mainly short call dates with high coupons and high reset spreads to reduce the risk that bonds may not be called. More often we are willing to go out on the maturity curve as we are comfortable with the issuer credit profiles, with bonds now trading 400 to 500 bps over treasuries on a yield-to-call basis.

Peter Kwaak
Peter Kwaak

Peter Kwaak

Peter Kwaak is a Senior Portfolio Manager and a member of the Credit team. Prior to joining Robeco in 2005, Mr. Kwaak was employed by Aegon Asset Management for three years as Credits and High Yield Portfolio Manager and at NIB Capital for two years as Portfolio Manager. Peter Kwaak started his career in the Investment Industry in 1998. Mr. Kwaak is a CFA Charterholder and holds a Master's degree in economics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Mr. Kwaak is registered with the Dutch Securities Institute.

Team

The Robeco Corporate Hybrid Bonds fund is managed within Robeco’s credit team, which consists of nine portfolio managers and twenty-three credit analysts. The portfolio managers are responsible for the construction and management of the credit portfolios, whereas the analysts cover the team’s fundamental research. Our analysts have long term experience in their respective sectors which they cover globally. Each analyst covers both investment grade and high yield, providing them an information advantage and benefiting from inefficiencies that traditionally exist between the two segmented markets. Furthermore, the credit team is supported by three dedicated quantitative researchers and four fixed income traders. On average, the members of the credit team have an experience in the asset management industry of seventeen years, of which eight years with Robeco.

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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.

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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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