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Robeco European High Yield Bonds EH EUR

Index: Bloomberg Barclays Pan-Eur. HY Corp. ex Fin. 2.5% Issuer Cap (hedged into EUR)
ISIN: LU1143725106
  • 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 invests in bonds with a sub-investment grade rating, issued primarily by European and US issuers denominated in Euro. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis. The portfolio is broadly diversified, with a structural bias to 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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Robeco European High Yield Bonds EH EUR

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -1.03%. The European high yield index had a very weak month. The fund outperformed its index by a few basis points on a gross performance basis. Financials outperformed corporates, which drove this month’s relative outperformance to some extent. Our quality bias contributed positively, as BBs outperformed the lower-rating classes on a risk adjusted basis. All sectors were in negative territory with consumer cyclicals and metals & mining posting the most negative returns. This month's biggest detractor was Telecom Italia. Our underweight in this credit contributed negatively as the underlying sovereign risk reprised – a relief on the Italian budget deficit discussions caused these bonds to move up a few points. We benefited from our underweight in Thomas Cook that got downgraded by Moody’s during the month. Three profit warnings in 4 months’ time and deteriorating confidence in management were the drivers behind this downgrade.

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Market development

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European High Yield Bond spreads had a soft month in December. Total returns were negative as excess returns took a small beating, and underlying Bund yields contributed flat in this risk-off market. Many of the issues impacting the market over the previous months persisted in December. Growth indicators slowing down, sharp equity and oil price declines and continued large outflows in high yield and leveraged loans, all weighed on sentiment. December’s Fed meeting was considered a disappointment as it lacked any policy guidance. The OPEC production cuts failed to stem the slide that started in October. Oil prices are now USD 30 a barrel lower from the peak. Political uncertainty remains the biggest driver of sentiment in Europe, while economic data suggests growth is slowing down. The Brexit deal remains uncertain, as May’s next move is still uncertain. All sectors printed in negative territory for the month, with metals & mining as the largest underperformer for the month. European high yield bond spreads and yields both widened 35 bps and are now at 515 bps with an average yield of 5.17%.

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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 distributes a dividend on an annual basis.

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 European High Yield Bonds invests in bonds with a sub-investment grade rating, issued by European issuers. The portfolio is broadly diversified across approx. 80 issuers, with a structural bias to the higher rated part in high yield (BB/B). Performance drivers are the top-down beta positioning as well as bottom-up issuer selection. Duration of the portfolio is managed in line with the index and currency exposure is hedged. The fund aims to outperform its index Barclays Pan European High Yield ex Financials 2.5% Issuer Cap. The index excludes high yield financials based on relatively high systematic risk, and applies an issuer cap to avoid concentration risk. 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 portfolio managers are responsible for the portfolio construction. A proprietary developed risk management approach avoids high risk concentration in the portfolio. The Robeco European High Yield fund is managed by our credit team which consists of seven portfolio managers and twelve credit analysts. Within the team, Sander Bus and Roeland Moraal are responsible for high yield. Sander has been involved in the fund since inception in 1998, Roeland joined in 2003. 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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The strength of the US high yield market has surprised us this year. Despite our repeated concerns about corporate leverage and too much risk appetite, it is only now that we are seeing markets beginning to react as they have clearly done in December. The emperor is naked now, people realize it and a recession is being discussed. We expect fundamentals to become more important than technicals in 2019. On a more positive note, credit has been in a bear market now for already 9 months. Typically, it should last another 6 months or so, not more. We are patient in this rolling bear market and expect to see better investment opportunities in 2019. Valuations in some parts of the market have adjusted already and are entering attractive levels. Market technicals are still weak. The reduction of treasuries on the Federal Reserve balance sheet is weighing on USD liquidity. Combined with the end of QE in Europe and wider credit spreads, monetary conditions are now becoming significantly tighter. In this respect, we expect 2019 to be a turning point too. Central banks will have to change their course in 2019 to a more neutral stance. We keep our beta close to one.

Roeland Moraal, Sander Bus
Roeland Moraal, Sander Bus

Roeland Moraal, Sander Bus

Mr. Roeland Moraal, Vice President, CEFA, Portfolio Manager. Roeland is a Senior Portfolio Manager High Yield within Robeco's Credit team since January 2004. Before assuming this role, he was portfolio manager in our Rates team for two years and worked as an analyst with the Institute for Research and Investment Services for three years. Roeland started his career in the investment industry in 1997 at Robeco. He holds a Master's degree in applied mathematics from the University of Twente and a Master's degree in Law from Erasmus University, Rotterdam. Roeland became a CEFA charter holder in 2000 and he is registered with the Dutch Securities Institute. Mr. Bus is Head of the Credit team and manages our high yield portfolios. Prior to joining Robeco in 1998, Mr. Bus worked for Rabobank as a fixed income analyst for two years. Mr. Bus holds a Master's degree in Financial Economics from Erasmus University, Rotterdam. He became a CFA charter holder in 2003 and is registered with the Dutch Securities Institute. Mr. Bus has been active in the industry since 1996.

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.

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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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