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Robeco European High Yield Bonds DH CHF

Index: Bloomberg Pan-European HY Corporate ex Financials 2.5% Issuer Constraint index
ISIN: LU1408526603
  • Managed with a conservative approach
  • Disciplined and repeatable investment process
  • Experienced team management
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About this fund

Robeco European High Yield Bonds is an actively managed fund that invests in bonds with a sub-investment grade rating, issued primarily by European and US issuers. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to provide long-term capital growth. The portfolio is broadly diversified, with a structural bias towards the higher rated part in high yield (BB/B). Performance drivers are the top-down beta positioning as well as bottom-up issuer selection.

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was 0.63%. The fund underperformed its benchmark by 10 bps in December, bringing the full-year relative performance to -0.36%, gross of fees. Both the YTD and the December underperformance are fully explained by the quality bias and conservative positioning with a beta below one. In a year where spreads ultimately tightened over 40 bps (from 355 to 311), this position detracted close to 50 bps. The quality bias as such, overweighting BBs at the expense of B and CCC, did not contribute positively either: investors reaching for yield helped lower credit quality outperform. Also, the fear of rising rates led to a market preference for lower ratings, as BBs are more rate-sensitive. Issuer selection contributed positively over 2021 though. We gained on being underweight in the communications sector, mainly by avoiding underperformers Telecom Italia and SoftBank. Holding on to restructuring story Selecta (coffee vending machines) was the right choice (+6 bps), and being very long Netflix was another positive contributor.

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Market development

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Risk assets experienced a typical year-end rally, with both equities and high yield fully retracing the weakness of November. The driver was the market perception that Omicron will be less severe than initially feared. The European high yield market posted an impressive credit excess return of 1.4%. Spreads moved from the peak to the lower end of the 2021 range of 275-350 bps and ended the year at 300 bps. Meanwhile, Treasury rates were on the rise again in both Europe and the US, dampening total returns in high yield. Inflation continues to be a top-of-mind concern for investors. The hawkish Fed pivot, whereby up to three rate hikes in 2022 are being signaled, led Treasury yields to rise to 2021 peak levels, especially on the front end. Similarly in Europe the ECB announced the end of one of its QE programs, but it still needs to wind down its regular program before thinking about rate hikes. Over the full year, European HY posted a total return of around 3.5%, the sum of a 3.5% running yield at the start of the year and positive excess return from tighter spreads, counterbalanced by a negative return contribution from rising underlying government bond yields.

Fund allocation

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Currency policy

All currency risks are hedged.

Derivative policy

Robeco European High Yield 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 dividend. The income earned by the fund is reflected in its share price. The fund's entire result is thus reflected in its share price development.

ESG Integration policy

The fund incorporates sustainability in the investment process via exclusions, ESG integration and engagement. The fund does not invest in credit 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 security analysis to assess the impact on the issuer's fundamental credit quality. In the credit selection the fund limits exposure to issuers with an elevated sustainability risk profile. Lastly, where issuers are flagged for breaching international standards in the ongoing monitoring, the issuer will become subject to engagement.

Investment policy

Robeco European High Yield Bonds is an actively managed fund that invests in bonds with a sub-investment grade rating, issued primarily by European and US issuers. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to provide long-term capital growth. The fund promotes certain ESG (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 based on controversial behavior, products (including controversial weapons, tobacco, palm oil and fossil fuel) and countries, alongside engagement. The portfolio is broadly diversified, with a structural bias towards the higher rated part in high yield (BB/B). Performance drivers are the top-down beta positioning as well as bottom-up issuer selection. The majority of bonds selected will be components of the benchmark, but bonds 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, while still controlling relative risk through the application of limits (on currencies and issuers) to the extent of the 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 embedded in the investment process to ensure that positions always meet predefined guidelines.

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The fund incorporates sustainability in the investment process via exclusions, ESG integration and engagement. The fund does not invest in credit 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 security analysis to assess the impact on the issuer's fundamental credit quality. In the credit selection the fund limits exposure to issuers with an elevated sustainability risk profile. Lastly, where issuers are flagged for breaching international standards in the ongoing monitoring, the issuer will become subject to engagement.

Expectation of fund manager

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In Europe and the US, fundamentals will probably be fine. Most likely is that we get a further medium-term economic recovery. But we expect that fundamentals will not be the driver for spreads. Markets have become addicted to cures by central banks and governments in the form of easy money, for each disruption. This has created bubbles – think of Chinese real estate, or US meme stocks. Meanwhile, inflationary pressures are all over the place, and the debate is on whether that really is only transitory. If and when central banks start tapering, it is hard to tell what this will do to the technical picture. Meanwhile, valuations are still expensive in our view, at 0.8x the long-term average. This is too little compensation given all the tail risks that could play out – central banks getting behind the curve if rising inflation turns out to be sticky, spillover from the real estate crisis in China, geopolitical risks at Europe's eastern borders, new Covid strains, to name a few. With spreads near all-time tights, a cautious positioning makes sense to us: up in quality, with a beta below 1.

Roeland Moraal, Sander Bus
Roeland Moraal, Sander Bus

Roeland Moraal, Sander Bus

Roeland Moraal is Lead Portfolio Manager European High Yield in the Credit team. Before assuming this role, he was Portfolio Manager in the Robeco Duration team and worked as an Analyst with the Institute for Research and Investment Services. Roeland started his career in the industry in 1997. He holds a Master's in Applied Mathematics from the University of Twente and a Master’s in Law from Erasmus University Rotterdam. Sander Bus is Co-Head of the Credit team and Lead Portfolio Manager Global High Yield Bonds. He has been dedicated to High Yield at Robeco since 1998. Previously, Sander worked for two years as a Fixed Income Analyst at Rabobank where he started his career in the industry in 1996. He holds a Master's in Financial Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam and is a CFA® charterholder.

Team

The Robeco European High Yield 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 0.05% 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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