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Robeco Sustainable Asian Stars Equities S USD

Index: MSCI AC Asia ex Japan Index (Net Return, USD)
ISIN: LU2133221411
  • Concentrated portfolio
  • Targets the most attractive Asian markets
  • Improved environmental footprint, generates a positive ESG impact.
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About this fund

Robeco Sustainable Asian Stars Equities is an actively managed fund that invests in stocks of the most attractive companies in Asia. The selection of these stocks is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's focus is on the high-growth developing countries in the region. The fund selects investments based on a combination of top-down country analysis and bottom-up stock ideas. The focus is on companies with a sound business model, solid growth prospects and reasonable valuation. The fund has a concentrated portfolio. Voting, Engagement, ESG Integration and Robeco's exclusion policy are part of the investment policy.

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Market development

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Asian markets rallied 3.4% in January, continuing the outperformance over the global index by 3.9% into 2021. The new year started with a risk-on mode and enthusiasm around global reflation. The additional fiscal stimulus package proposed by the new US administration and the positive progress of mass vaccination across countries were reasons to be optimistic on global growth. Fund flows have been strong (GEM: USD 13 bln; AxJ funds: USD 10.8 bln). The outgoing Trump administration banned US persons from investing in certain Chinese stocks related to the military. Southbound investors (mainland funds investing in Hong Kong) quickly picked up the bargains and have become a powerful force in offshore Chinese stocks. ASEAN countries underperformed the regional index last month, as Covid cases increased and most ASEAN countries only expect to receive a limited number of vaccines in the near term. The thematic appeal of renewable energy played a big part in the market in January, with electric vehicles, hydrogen, wind and solar companies in high demand. China said it installed 120 gigawatts of wind and solar power in 2020, more than double the capacity of the year before and nearly four times the UK's installed capacity.

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The fund is allowed to pursue an active currency policy to generate extra returns.

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The fund does not distribute dividends

ESG Integration policy

Robeco Sustainable Asian Stars Equities integrates ESG at every stage of the investment process. We use sustainability performance rankings as a first indication of a company’s sustainability profile. In addition we use it to exclude the worst 20% scoring stocks from the investable universe. We then analyze the impact of financially material ESG factors to a company’s competitive position and value drivers. We believe that this enhances our ability to understand existing and potential risks and opportunities of a company. If ESG risks and opportunities are significant, the ESG analysis may impact a stock’s fair value and the portfolio allocation decision. Throughout the investment process, we strive for a low environmental impact, as measured by GHG emissions, water use and waste generation, with the aim of realizing at least 20% better levels than the index. In addition to ESG integration, Robeco’s dedicated active ownership team conducts proxy voting and engagement activities focused on specific themes, such as climate change, aiming to improve a company’s sustainability profile. Furthermore, the fund will not invest in companies exposed to the following controversial sectors or business practices: military contracting, controversial weapons, fire arms, UN Global Compact breaches, tobacco, palm oil, nuclear power, thermal coal, arctic drilling and oil sands, according to strict revenue thresholds.

Investment policy

Robeco Sustainable Asian Stars: Invest in Asia's best. The focus is on the most attractive investments in an exciting growth region. The fund leverages on Robeco's local resources in China and India. The fund will have a high-conviction, high-alpha portfolio with around 30-60 stocks. The fund aims for a significantly better ESG score than the index and reduced footprints for water use, greenhouse gas emissions, waste and energy. This Sub-fund may invest in China A-shares via the QFII and/or a Stock Connect Programme which may entail additional clearing and settlement, regulatory, operational and counterparty risks.

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

Expectation of fund manager

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We are bullish on Asian markets, expecting a recovery in earnings in 2021. After a bad year in 2020, for obvious reasons, next year looks a lot better. Following negative fund flows in the first three quarters of 2020, we have recently begun to see positive flows. The tech-heavy and Covid-light markets China, South Korea and Taiwan are most popular. We expect more positive flows to support the markets. Low valuations and structural growth are good reasons to move money to Asia. We need confirmation that earnings have been cut sufficiently. In December and January we saw small cuts to 2021 earnings. We believe lower rates and increased fiscal spending will support regional economies. Valuations remain low in Asia and are 20% cheaper than global markets. We focus on bottom-up stock picking and on companies that have a good sustainability profile, solid cash flow generation, trade at good prices and have a positive momentum.

Vicki Chi, Arnout van Rijn
Vicki Chi, Arnout van Rijn

Vicki Chi, Arnout van Rijn

Vicki Chi is Portfolio Manager in the Asia Pacific team with a focus on Taiwan and China. Prior to joining this team in 2014, she was an Analyst in the Robeco Emerging Markets team where she covered Chinese stocks in the telecom and banking sector. Vicki started her career in 2006 at Robeco. She is a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese and holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Erasmus University Rotterdam. She also is a CFA® charterholder. Mr. van Rijn is CIO Asia-Pacific, Co-Head of the Asia-Pacific team and Lead Portfolio Manager of Robeco Asia-Pacific Equities. From 2003 to 2007 he was the Lead Portfolio Manager of Rolinco, one of Robeco's flagship equity products. Before that Arnout held several positions within the Robeco Equity department covering European, Asian and American markets. From its inception in 1994 until 2000, he was Portfolio Manager of Robeco's Emerging Markets Equities fund. From 2000 to 2002, Arnout worked in Hong Kong as head of the Fund Desk at Rabo Investment Management. He started his career in the investment industry in 1990. Arnout van Rijn holds a Master's degree in Business Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam.

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ISINLU2133221411
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Valoren53611556
WKNA2P63M
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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 0.05% 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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