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Robeco Next Digital Billion I USD

Index: MSCI Emerging Markets Index
ISIN: LU2368226218
  • This new strategy is a combination of our Emerging Markets and our Trends Investing capabilities and it is the world’s first Emerging Market Technology trend fund that focuses on a new generation of internet users
  • Identifies companies that have the potential to be long-term winners in trends like payments, ecommerce, software solutions, fintech, etc
  • Evident focus on information technology and consumer discretionary
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About this fund

Robeco Next Digital Billion is an actively managed fund that invests in companies in emerging markets. The selection of these stocks is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to achieve a better return than that of the index.The fund selects companies with high growth potential that aim to cater to the previous and next billion internet users. Many of the targeted emerging countries now have a critical mass in internet penetration and coupled with the absence of traditional economic infrastructure, this can lead to the emergence of the next wave of technology companies and value creation.

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Market development

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December was a weak month for high-growth companies within emerging markets. Trepidation seemed to spread as quickly as the new Covid variant that the world is fighting. Investors apprehensive to 'call the bottom' continued to either take profit on what gains remained from the first half of 2021 in high-growth stocks, sell and wait until a clearer global macro picture materializes, or move into traditional defensive sectors. Some companies we track have now lost over 80% of their market capitalization, down from all-time-high levels reached in the first half of 2021, prior to our fund launch. Many companies in our area of focus are trading at valuation levels well below those of pre-pandemic times, while underlying fundamentals are still robust. The world is still in a pandemic, forcing people and businesses to operate purely online. Internet and online penetration in emerging markets is skyrocketing. Multiple portfolio positions continue to grow financial and operating metrics at record rates, are gaining share in their industries and are proving themselves as long-term structural winners.

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The fund can engage in currency hedging transactions. Typically currency hedging is not applied.

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The fund does not distribute dividend. The fund retains any income that is earned and so its entire performance is reflected in its share price.

ESG Integration policy

The fund incorporates sustainability in the investment process through exclusions, ESG integration, engagement and voting. The fund does not invest in 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 investment analysis to assess existing and potential ESG risks and opportunities. In the stock selection the fund limits exposure to elevated sustainability risks. In addition, where a stock issuer is flagged for breaching international standards in the ongoing monitoring, the issuer will become subject to engagement. Lastly, the fund makes use of shareholder rights and applies proxy voting in accordance with Robeco's proxy voting policy.

Investment policy

Robeco Next Digital Billion is an actively managed fund that invests in companies in emerging markets. The selection of these stocks is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to achieve a better return than the index. The fund promotes ESG (i.e. 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 on the basis of controversial behavior, products (including controversial weapons, tobacco, palm oil and fossil fuel) and countries, next to proxy voting and engagement. The fund selects companies with high growth potential that aim to cater to the previous and next billion internet users by improving access to technology and innovating with digital solutions in local communities.

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

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The fund incorporates sustainability in the investment process through exclusions, ESG integration, engagement and voting. The fund does not invest in 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 investment analysis to assess existing and potential ESG risks and opportunities. In the stock selection the fund limits exposure to elevated sustainability risks. In addition, where a stock issuer is flagged for breaching international standards in the ongoing monitoring, the issuer will become subject to engagement. Lastly, the fund makes use of shareholder rights and applies proxy voting in accordance with Robeco's proxy voting policy.

Expectation of fund manager

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We expect the turbulent market environment to continue in the coming months. We eagerly await the earnings reporting season, and are looking for growth of our holdings to continue their strong trajectory. Earnings and 2022 guidance from companies in our area of focus will hopefully be positive catalysts to investors and prove that the underlying fundamentals driving structural winners in the technology sector remain unchanged. We continue to invest with a multi-year view and look for new opportunities that have been discounted by the broader market.

Michiel van Voorst, CFA, Bryan Satterly
Michiel van Voorst, CFA, Bryan Satterly

Michiel van Voorst, CFA, Bryan Satterly

Michiel van Voorst is Co-Portfolio Manager Robeco New World Financials and member of the Trends Equities team. He is also Portfolio Manager Robeco FinTech and Robeco Next Digital Billion. In 2019, Michiel rejoined Robeco from Union Bancaire Privée in Hong Kong where he was CIO Asian Equities. Besides this role, Michiel is a Board member of a Hong Kong based Fintech startup offering regulated software services (SaaS) for Independent financial advisors globally. Prior to that, Michiel spent 12 years at Robeco in several senior positions including senior portfolio manager Rolinco Global Growth fund and Robeco Asian Stars. Prior to joining Robeco in 2005, Michiel was Portfolio Manager US Equity at PGGM and Economist with Rabobank Netherlands. Michiel started his career in the investment industry in 1996. Michiel van Voorst holds a Master’s in Economics from University of Utrecht and is a CFA® charterholder. Bryan Satterly is Portfolio Manager and a member of the Robeco Trends Equities team. Prior to this role, Bryan was an investment manager for Robeco’s Private Equity group where he was responsible for group exposures in emerging markets, venture capital and co-investments. He joined Robeco in 2018. Before that he was an investment analyst in Washington D.C. for the Venture Capital Group at IFC, the World Bank Group’s private sector investment arm, investing into technology companies across emerging markets. He started his career in 2013 as an investment banking analyst at BMO Capital Markets in New York, working on a variety of equity, debt and M&A transactions in the Healthcare and Real Estate sectors. Bryan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in Washington D.C.

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ISINLU2368226218
BloombergRONDBIU LX
Valoren113770607
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1st quotation date1631577600000
Close financial year31-12
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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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