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Robeco High Yield Bonds is an actively managed fund that invests in corporate bonds with a sub-investment grade rating, issued primarily by issuers from developed markets (Europe/US). The selection of these bonds is mainly based on fundamental analysis. The portfolio is broadly diversified, with a structural bias to the higher rated part in high yield. Performance drivers are the top-down beta positioning as well as bottom-up issuer selection. This share class hedges the duration (interest-rate sensitivity) of the portfolio to nearly zero.

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was 0.32%. In the end, January was a flat month when looking at total returns. After a strong start of the month credit spreads widened around 50 bps. In relative terms, the fund outperformed by a few basis points versus the benchmark (gross of fees), due to a beta of around 0.9. Our up-in-quality positioning did not add value this month, as CCCs outperformed on a risk-adjusted basis. On an issuer level we lost some performance with our overweight in gas exposed issuers like Antero Resources and EQT (-2 bps). Gas prices in the US have been under substantial pressure for some time now as take-away capacity is limited. On a positive note, we benefited from our overweight in Tereos (+6 bps). The French sugar producer showed good results as the sugar price moved up, which is one of the main credit drivers. Underweights in Sprint and Intelsat also contributed positively (9 bps in total). The probability of a merger with T-mobile is declining which led to a drop in bond prices. Intelsat bonds widened on headlines suggesting they will only receive a USD 1 billion compensation from the regulator (FCC) for their spectrum assets, where originally USD 20 billion was taken into account by the company.

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Market development

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High yield bonds extended the December rally into the first two weeks of January. The strong technical support which has fueled the market suddenly stopped when investors started to react to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Equity volatility picked up, credit spreads widened and the safe heaven government bond yields tightened pretty ferociously. 10-year US Treasury yields came down to 1.51% from 1.92% at year-end. Within the US high yield market, the sectors which underperformed most were independent E&P (-3.5%) and oil field services (-1.8%) as crude oil prices fell to the lowest level in over a year. In Europe, we witnessed weakness in lodging (-1.1%) and chemicals (-1%). New issue supply surged, primary market activity totaled USD 38.5 billion in the US, one of the busiest months on record. The same elevated activity was visible in Europe, where EUR 13.2 billion of supply hit the market. Companies try to take advantage of the still favorable financing conditions, as new-issuance coupons in Europe came down to 2.20%, compared to 3.67% in 2019. The global high yield index spread widened as much as 53 bps for the month to a level of 389 bps, with an average yield of 5.09%.

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Currency policy

All currency risks are hedged.

Derivative policy

Robeco 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

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 High Yield Bonds invests in corporate bonds with a sub-investment grade rating, issued primarily by US and European issuers. The portfolio is broadly diversified across circa 250 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. The fund aims to outperform its index Barclays US Corporate High Yield & 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 analysts research reports are being discussed in approx. 500 credit committees per year. In addition, a proprietary quant issuer selection model is used as an independent performance driver. The portfolio managers are responsible for the portfolio construction. A proprietary developed risk management approach avoids high risk concentration in the portfolio. Holdings in equities can only appear in the portfolio as a result of corporate actions and/or debt restructuring. It is not the intention of the portfolio manager to use options or swaptions. As the investment process is well-structured and proven over time, it contributes to repeatable performance delivery. The Robeco High Yield fund is managed by our credit team which consists of eight portfolio managers and thirteen 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. This share class protects investors against interest rate movements. The fund management implements this strategy by adding an overlay of highly liquid instruments to the existing base portfolio.

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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We are still convinced that we are approaching the end of the credit cycle. The US economy has become more vulnerable, with corporate earnings under pressure and a weakening industrial environment. The consumer is holding up well, supported by a strong labor market. But there are early signs of softening in these labor data. In Europe, the picture is similar. Going forward, a lot will depend on global trade disputes. A swift resolution of the US-China trade dispute would be very positive, but we think this is unlikely. On the other hand, an additional dispute between Europe and the US would be very negative for global trade, corporate earnings and investor sentiment. A bright spot are central banks, which continue to be very accommodative. In high yield, BB bonds have been driven to expensive levels, while CCCs are relatively cheap: a bifurcated universe in which buying the average spread is not an option. The choice is between safe but expensive BBs or trading down in quality to pick up yield, with a real risk of write-downs if the cycle turns. We stay up in quality and focus with bottom-up research on finding mispriced opportunities, of which there are currently only few.

Sander Bus, Roeland Moraal
Sander Bus, Roeland Moraal

Sander Bus, Roeland Moraal

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. 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.

Team

The Robeco 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 0.01% 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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