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Robeco Euro Credit Bonds FH EUR

ISIN: LU0971564843
  • Diversified credits exposure with full discretion approach
  • Disciplined and repeatable investment process
  • Experienced team management
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About this fund

Robeco Euro Credit Bonds is an actively managed fund and provides a diversified exposure to the Euro investment grade credit market. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis. The fund is actively managed and implement beta policy, sector rotation, off- benchmark positioning in emerging market, covered bonds or limitedly high yield.

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -0.05%. The portfolio posted a positive return last month, which was better than that of the index. The average credit spread of the index tightened 2 basis points to 92 basis points at the end of the month. The excess return of the European corporate bond market was 0.25%. The performance contribution of our top-down positioning was negligible, as the beta positioning was very close to neutral. Issuer selection contributed positively to performance. Companies that are exposed to Covid-19 performed well, as positive vaccine news drove spreads tighter. Names that benefited from a Brexit deal performed well too. Individual names that contributed most to performance were DP World, ZF Friedrichshafen, Heineken, EDF and Allied Irish Bank.

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Market development

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The final month of the year was a fairly boring one: spreads were basically stable in December. After a very volatile year, the year ended at more or less the same spread level as we saw at the start of the year. As expected, the ECB announced a further expansion of its bond buying program, both in terms of the amount that can be invested and in the duration of the program. The Fed was fairly dovish in its December meeting too, signaling that it will take years before interest rates are raised again. While the picture for monetary support remained rosy, the short-term outlook for economies actually deteriorated, as more and more countries are applying strict lockdowns again. Investors are not too concerned, as vaccination programs have started. This means that the economic outlook for the second part of the year looks better now. This was also visible in a continued rise in oil prices; in this case, it was helpful that the OPEC alliance still seems to be determined to restrain production growth. The tail risk of a hard Brexit has been removed now that Europe and the UK have finally come to an agreement on trade relations.

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Currency policy

All currency risks are hedged.

Derivative policy

Robeco Euro Credit Bonds make use of derivatives for hedging purposes as well as for investment purposes. These derivatives are very liquid.

Dividend policy

The fund does not distribute a dividend. The income earned by the fund is reflected in its share price. This means that the fund's total performance is reflected in its share price performance.

ESG Integration policy

Our analysis of issuers goes beyond the traditional financial factors and includes the issuers’ performance on ESG factors. We deem it essential for a well-informed investment decision to take into account those ESG factors that have the potential to materially impact the financial performance of the issuer. This perfectly matches the basic need to avoid the losers in credit management, as many credit events in the past can be attributed to issues such as poorly designed governance frameworks, environmental issues, or weak health & safety standards. The aim of ESG integration is to improve the risk/return profile of the investments and does not have an impact goal. ESG analysis is fully integrated in the bottom-up security analysis. We have defined key ESG factors per industry, and for every company we analyze how the firm is positioned versus these key ESG factors, and how this impacts the fundamental credit quality.

Investment policy

Robeco Euro Credit Bonds provides diversified exposure across circa 80 corporate issuers to the Euro investment grade credit market (industrial and financial companies). The fund is a pure play credit with full discretion to actively implement beta policy, sector rotation, off- benchmark positioning in emerging market, covered bonds or limitedly high yield (overall non-IG exposure limited to 20%). The fund aims to outperform its index Barclays Euro-Aggregate: Corporates. The investment philosophy is based on managing a solid diversified 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 analyst research reports are being discussed in approx. 500 credit committees per year.The portfolio managers are responsible for the portfolio construction. A proprietary developed risk management approach avoids high risk concentration in the portfolio. As the investment process is well-structured and proven over time, it contributes to repeatable performance delivery. The Investment Grade Corporate Bonds fund is managed by our credit team which consists of seven portfolio managers and twelve credit analysts. Within the team, Victor Verberk, Peter Kwaak and Jan Willem de Moor are responsible for investment grade, and work together for 6 years at Robeco. The portfolio managers are responsible for the construction and management of the credit portfolios, whereas the analysts cover the team's fundamental research.

Risk policy

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

Expectation of fund manager

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Last year was a year of many opportunities. There was a beta opportunity in March, a cyclical recovery opportunity in June and, later in the year, a Covid-19 sector theme opportunity. During this time, we did rigorous research in order to keep our portfolio free from the effects of defaults and accidents. We once again succeeded, with much lower defaults in high yield than the index, and not a single one in investment grade.It will be more difficult from here onwards. The possible variation in economic and technical outcomes is large. The year will be either boring or bearish. There is hardly any room for aggressive tightening by central banks. At best, we will see some carry, roll down and certain sectors recovering from Covid-19. While there is something left on the table, it is not much. We cannot afford to have policy errors, rising yields or inflation, nor any oil price, political or geopolitical shock. There is just not enough cushion left. We faced the same asymmetry this time last year. So, it will either be a boring year, with a small excess return, or a bearish one, should one of these events occur.

Victor Verberk, Jan Willem de Moor, Peter Kwaak
Victor Verberk, Jan Willem de Moor, Peter Kwaak

Victor Verberk, Jan Willem de Moor, Peter Kwaak

Mr. Verberk is Head and Portfolio Manager Investment Grade Credits since January 2008. Prior to joining Robeco in 2008, Mr. Verberk was CIO with Holland Capital Management. Before that he was employed by Mn Services as Head of Fixed Income and he worked for AXA Investment Managers as Portfolio Manager Credits. Victor Verberk started his career in the investment industry in 1997. Mr. Verberk holds a Master's degree in Business Economics from Erasmus University, Rotterdam and has been a CEFA holder since 1999. Mr. de Moor is a Senior Portfolio Manager and a member of the Credit team. Prior to joining Robeco in 2005, Mr. de Moor was employed by SBA Artsenpensioenfondsen as Senior Portfolio Manager Equities for six years. Before that, he worked at SNS Asset Management holding positions of Portfolio Manager Equities (three years) and Research Analyst (two years). Jan Willem de Moor started his career in the Investment Industry in 1994. He holds a Master's degree in Economics from Tilburg University. 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 Euro Credit Bonds fundis managed within Robeco’s credit team, which consists of nine portfolio managers and twenty-three credit analysts (of which four financials 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 dedicated quantitative researchers and 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 0.05% 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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