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Robeco Emerging Stars Equities DL EUR

Index: MSCI Emerging Markets Index (Net Return, EUR)
ISIN: LU0334642401
  • Invests flexibly and dynamically
  • Focuses on the most attractive emerging countries
  • Concentrated portfolio of about 35 to 50 stocks
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About this fund

Robeco Emerging Stars Equities is an actively managed fund that invests in emerging countries equities all over world. The selection of these shares is based on a fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to achieve a better return than the index. The fund selects investments based on a combination of top-down country analysis and bottom-up stock selection. We focus on companies that have both a healthy and solid business model growth prospects as a reasonable valuation. The fund has a focused, concentrated portfolio with a small number of larger bets.

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Robeco Emerging Stars Equities DL EUR

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -3.96%. In March, the fund underperformed the MSCI Emerging Markets Index. Both country allocation and stock selection contributed negatively to overall performance. Given the inability to trade in Russian securities, the fund marked down its Russian exposure to effectively zero in March. Negative country allocation was further driven by India and Saudi Arabia (both underweight). Positive country allocation came from South Korea (overweight) and China (underweight). The Brazil-based Cosan (fuel & gas) and CPFL (renewable energy) outperformed in March. Within financials, Bank Rakyat (Indonesia), Banorte (Mexico) and CTBC (Taiwan) also outperformed. In the Middle East, Emaar Properties did well, as the prospects for the property sector improved further. Stocks that detracted from stock selection were to be found in China, where Lufax (fintech), Haier Smart Home (appliances), Kunlun Energy (gas distributor) and Guangzhou Automobile lagged. Also, Naspers (internet holding company) from South Africa and Microstar (gaming laptops) underperformed in March.

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Market development

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In March, emerging markets equities declined 1.3% (EUR), thereby underperforming developed markets, which were up 3.7% (EUR). The humanitarian crisis worsened in Ukraine, with Russia showing no signs to end the war it started. The key event in March was the decision by MSCI to remove Russia from its indices (9 March) at a price that is effectively zero. With Russia being a major producer and exporter, commodity prices surged and further fueled inflation expectations. Commodity heavy markets in Latin America and the Middle East therefore performed strongly in March. The Chinese market performed poorly, as the growth outlook is under pressure, with local lockdowns remaining in place due to the country's 'zero-Covid' policy. Despite recession risks increasing, the Fed remained committed to tightening, and hiked interest rates. In March, thirteen central banks across emerging markets hiked interest rates as well in order to combat inflationary pressures. Election news came from South Korea, where a power change was established as Yoon Suk-yeol from the conservative People's Power Party (PPP) was elected as president. In India, the ruling BJP party won an important state election.

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Currency policy

The fund is allowed to pursue an active currency policy to generate extra returns and can engage in currency hedging transactions.

Dividend policy

In principle, the fund does not intend to distribute dividend and so both the income earned by the fund and its overall performance are reflected in its share price.

ESG Integration policy

The fund incorporates sustainability in the investment process through exclusions, ESG integration, engagement and voting. The fund does not invest in issuers that are in breach of international norms or where activities have been deemed detrimental to society following Robeco's exclusion policy. Financially material ESG factors are integrated in the bottom-up investment analysis to assess existing and potential ESG risks and opportunities. In the stock selection the fund limits exposure to elevated sustainability risks. In addition, where a stock issuer is flagged for breaching international standards in the ongoing monitoring, the issuer will become subject to engagement. Lastly, the fund makes use of shareholder rights and applies proxy voting in accordance with Robeco's proxy voting policy.

Investment policy

Robeco Emerging Stars Equities is an actively managed fund that invests in emerging countries equities all over world. The selection of these shares is based on a fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to achieve a better return than the index. The fund promotes ESG (i.e. Environmental, Social and corporate Governance) characteristics within the meaning of Article 8 of the European Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation and integrates ESG and sustainability risks in the investment process. In addition, the fund applies an exclusion list on the basis of controversial behavior, products (including controversial weapons, tobacco, palm oil and fossil fuel) and countries, next to proxy voting and engagement. The fund selects investments based on a combination of top-down country analysis and bottom-up stock selection. We focus on companies that have both a healthy and solid business model growth prospects as a reasonable valuation. The fund has a focused, concentrated portfolio with a small number of larger bets. The majority of stocks selected will be components of the Benchmark, but stocks outside the Benchmark may be selected too. The fund can deviate substantially from the weightings of the Benchmark. The fund aims to outperform the Benchmark over the long run, whilst still controlling relative risk through the applications of limits (on VaR Ratio) to the extent of deviation from the Benchmark. This will consequently limit the deviation of the performance relative to the Benchmark. The Benchmark is a broad market weighted index that is not consistent with the ESG characteristics promoted by the fund.

Risk policy

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

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Sustainability

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The fund incorporates sustainability in the investment process through exclusions, ESG integration, engagement and voting. The fund does not invest in issuers that are in breach of international norms or where activities have been deemed detrimental to society following Robeco's exclusion policy. Financially material ESG factors are integrated in the bottom-up investment analysis to assess existing and potential ESG risks and opportunities. In the stock selection the fund limits exposure to elevated sustainability risks. In addition, where a stock issuer is flagged for breaching international standards in the ongoing monitoring, the issuer will become subject to engagement. Lastly, the fund makes use of shareholder rights and applies proxy voting in accordance with Robeco's proxy voting policy.

Expectation of fund manager

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The ongoing war in Ukraine is having a global impact. The Russian equity market has become un-investable, and prices of energy and several other commodities have risen sharply, adding to already high inflation. This will also affect emerging markets. However, the good news is that many countries have already moved pre-emptively with significant interest rate hikes. The other key development is the further opening up of the world economy, as the coronavirus is becoming less of an issue in most countries. The big exception is China, where the combination of the more contagious Omicron variant and a zero-Covid policy is leading to severe lockdowns, including in Shanghai. Although some government stimulus is expected, economic growth is still likely to slow down significantly as the impact of the lockdown will prevail for now. After the equity rebound in 2020 and 2021, global equity market valuations are not particularly cheap. However, we do think that emerging markets are attractively valued relative to developed markets, with the discount for emerging markets being more than 35% based on earnings multiples.

Jaap van der Hart, Karnail Sangha
Jaap van der Hart, Karnail Sangha

Jaap van der Hart, Karnail Sangha

Jaap van der Hart is the Lead Portfolio Manager of Robeco’s high conviction emerging markets strategy since its inception in November 2006. He has been with Robeco since 1994, starting at the Quantitative Research department and moving to the Emerging Markets Equities team in 2000. Over time, he has been responsible for the investments in South America, Eastern Europe, South Africa, Mexico, China and Taiwan. He coordinates the country allocation process and he has been the Emerging Stars fund manager since its launch in 2006. Since 2015, he is also the fund manager of the Emerging Opportunities fund. Jaap holds a Master's degree in Econometrics from Erasmus University Rotterdam. He has published several academic articles on stock selection in emerging markets.Karnail Sangha is Fund Manager of Robeco’s Emerging Smaller Companies Fund and is responsible for the team’s investments in India and Pakistan. Prior to joining Robeco in 2000, Mr. Sangha was Risk Manager/Controller at AEGON Asset Management. Karnail holds a Master's degree in Economics from Erasmus University, Rotterdam. He became a CFA charter holder in 2003.

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ISINLU0334642401
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Valoren3250269
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1st quotation date1197504000000
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 0.05% 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

The fiscal consequences of investing in this fund depend on the investor's personal situation. For private investors in the Netherlands real interest and dividend income or capital gains received on their investments are not relevant for tax purposes. Each year investors pay income tax on the value of their net assets as at 1 January if and inasmuch as such net assets exceed the investor’s tax-free allowance. Any amount invested in the fund forms part of the investor's net assets. Private investors who are resident outside the Netherlands will not be taxed in the Netherlands on their investments in the fund. However, such investors may be taxed in their country of residence on any income from an investment in this fund based on the applicable national fiscal laws. Other fiscal rules apply to legal entities or professional investors. We advise 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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