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About this fund

Robeco High Yield Bonds is an actively managed fund that invests in high yield corporate bonds. The selection of these bonds is mainly based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to provide long-term capital growth. The fund invests in corporate bonds with a sub-investment grade rating, issued primarily by issuers from developed markets (Europe/US). The portfolio is broadly diversified, with a structural bias towards the higher rated part in high yield. 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 -0.73%. The high yield bond index delivered a total return of -0.93% in March, which is the third consecutive month of negative returns. Excess returns were 1.38%, where underlying sovereign rates widened, detracting over 200 bps from total returns. The fund outperformed its benchmark by 25 bps. Our underweight beta contribution was negative by 16 bps, as spreads tightened for the month. Issuer selection was positive and added 41 bps. Our quality bias did not contribute positively, as higher rating categories underperformed slightly on a risk-adjusted basis. Our regional allocation, being overweight European versus underweight US high yield, was the big driver of the outperformance. Spreads in the EUR market rebounded after big losses last month. Energy was best-performing sector, as oil prices kept rising. On an issuer level, we benefited from not owning Ford, adding 2 bps. We lost some relative performance with our overweight in Can-pack (-3 bps). The company has some exposure to Russia and Ukraine, and that caused bonds to drop a few points due to the uncertainty. Pulte Group was also a detractor (-3 bps), with the US homebuilding sector underperforming as mortgage rates rose viciously in a short period of time.

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Market development

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High yield bond spreads reversed direction and gained back some of the widening they had seen last month. A hawkish Fed narrative and a developing conflict in Ukraine produced sharply higher rates in March, a spike in commodity prices and volatility in high yield bond prices. March produced the second most significant spread tightening of the last 15 months. On the other hand, underlying 2-year and 10-year Treasury yields rose 90 bps and 52 bps respectively, and the curve inverted for the first time since 2019. The intensifying conflict between Russia and Ukraine led to a global rise in oil prices – with Brent oil touching as high as USD 133. This increases inflationary pressure globally and as a result caused the Fed to have an even more hawkish tone during its last meeting. Markets are now anticipating 50-bps hikes in the upcoming months. Media and energy were the best-performing sectors, whereas automotive and transportation were the laggers. High yield primary markets were soft for a second consecutive month amid heightened secondary price volatility. The total amount issued reached USD 9.9 bln. Global high yield spreads tightened 37 bps and are now at 342 bps. Yields rose 28 bps and are now 5.66%.

Fund allocation

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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

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 High Yield Bonds is an actively managed fund that invests in high yield corporate bonds. The selection of these bonds is mainly 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. The fund invests in corporate bonds with a sub-investment grade rating, issued primarily by issuers from developed markets (Europe/US). The portfolio is broadly diversified, with a structural bias towards the higher rated part in high yield. 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 index 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.

Sustainability profile

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Sustainability

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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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With the conflict in Ukraine, higher oil prices and even more supply chain disruptions, it is clear that an even wider set of possibilities has to be assessed for fundamentals. If anything, downside risks to the economy have risen materially and recession risk is now debated openly. Although a recession might be still one or two years away, markets might anticipate it within the next 12 months. The European economy will be hit hard by this crisis. The main worry we have is that developed market central banks are behind the curve. We think the Fed made a clear policy mistake by starting this tightening cycle too late. The main risks here are higher-than-anticipated hikes in the next months, and inflation that not only lasts longer but peaks out at higher levels. The conclusion for valuations is that spreads are just below median levels again, which is wider than at any time in the past seven quarters. That said, the range of tail risk events is broad enough that it is not wise to take a long beta position over the medium term. This means that we like to stick to our underweight beta positioning overall, despite the fact that European HY credit spreads have cheapened up over the past months.

Sander Bus, Roeland Moraal
Sander Bus, Roeland Moraal

Sander Bus, Roeland Moraal

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. 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 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.

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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