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Robeco Sustainable Global Stars Equities Fund

Index: MSCI World Index (Net Return, EUR)
ISIN: NL0000289783
  • Concentrated portfolio
  • Focuses on companies with a high return on invested capital and strong free cash flow
  • Applies a disciplined approach to valuating companies, sustainability is an integral part of the valuation
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About this fund

Robeco Sustainable Global Stars Equities Fund is an actively managed fund that invests in stocks in developed countries across the world. 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 has a concentrated portfolio of stocks with the highest potential value growth. Stocks are selected on the basis of high free cash flow, an attractive return on invested capital and a constructive sustainability profile. The Fund aims at selecting stocks with relatively low environmental footprints compared to stocks with high environmental footprints.

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -0.14%. Our strategy had a negative performance relative to the benchmark in November. Strong stock selection in technology, materials and industrials contributed most to performance, while we suffered in healthcare and consumer discretionary. The main positive contributor to performance was Micron Technology, which saw a strong rebound on the back of improving demand trends for memory chips. Sony Group also had strong performance in November, posting strong results driven by its Music business while the Gaming segment is bottoming out as well. A third positive contributor was Fortescue Metals, which benefited from a slightly more optimistic tone of the Chinese government regarding its ailing property sector. We saw weakness in AstraZeneca, driven by disappointing results in the near term, but they are actually no cause of concern to us over the mid/long-term. Other detractors from performance were Neste Oyj, which feels the pinch from potential Covid-related lockdowns, while our holding in Bank of America saw some profit taking too as investors have been flocking into the growth camp of the market.

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Market development

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Global equity markets experienced a volatile November month, yet were only slightly down on a sequential basis. A promising start to the month, mainly driven by the strong performance of large cap growth stocks, was given up in the following weeks on the back of fast rising Covid-19 infection rates in Europe in combination with concerns around the so-called Omicron variant. The latter triggered an immediate ‘search and sell’ for all negatively geared Covid portions of the market, including energy and other value segments. Even though we see the first signs of global supply chains not getting incrementally worse, the inflationary ripple effects will likely last well into 2022. As a consequence, central banks will likely become more hawkish sooner rather than later in raising interest rates, as signaled by the US Federal Reserve.

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Currency policy

The fund is allowed to pursue an active currency policy to generate extra returns and can engage in currency hedging transactions.

Dividend policy

In principle the fund distributes dividend on an annual basis. The fund's policy aims at realizing as the maximum possible capital growth within the pre-set risk limits. A high dividend return is therefore not a separate objective.

ESG Integration policy

The fund incorporates sustainability in the investment process via exclusions, ESG integration, ESG and environmental footprint targets, 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 fundamental investment analysis to assess existing and potential ESG risks and opportunities. In the stock selection the fund limits exposure to elevated sustainability risks. The fund also targets a better ESG score and at least 20% lower carbon, water and waste footprints compared to the reference index. In addition, where a stock issuer is flagged for breaching international standards in the ongoing monitoring, the issuer will become subject to exclusion. Lastly, the fund makes use of shareholder rights and applies proxy voting in accordance with Robeco's proxy voting policy.

Investment policy

Robeco Sustainable Global Stars Equities Fund is an actively managed fund that invests in stocks in developed countries across the world. 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 aims for a better sustainability profile compared to the Benchmark by promoting certain ESG (i.e. Environmental, Social and corporate Governance) characteristics within the meaning of Article 8 of the European Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation and integrating 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, while avoiding investment in thermal coal, weapons, military contracting and companies that severely violate labor conditions, next to proxy voting and engagement. The fund also aims for an improved environmental footprint compared to the Benchmark. The fund has a concentrated portfolio of stocks with the highest potential value growth. Stocks are selected on the basis of high free cash flow, an attractive return on invested capital and a constructive sustainability profile. The Fund aims at selecting stocks with relatively low environmental footprints compared to stocks with high environmental footprints. The Fund is not constrained by a Benchmark but the Fund may use a benchmark for comparison purposes. The Benchmark is used as a reference for comparison of the performance. The majority of stocks selected will be components of the Benchmark, but stocks outside the BEnchmark may be selected too. The Fund can deviate substantially from the weightings of the Benchmark. The Fund can deviate substantially from the issuer, country and sector weightings of the Benchmark. There are no restrictions on the deviation from 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 integrated in the investment process to ensure that positions always meet predefined guidelines.

Sustainability profile

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The portfolio ESG score (and E,S and G score) is calculated by multiplying the RobecoSAM Smart ESG Score of each holding by its respective portfolio or index weight. The same methodology is applied in calculating the key ESG Criterion scores. The scores of the portfolio are provided alongside the scores of the index, highlighting the portfolio’s relative sustainability. The colors indicate the score of the portfolio, whilst the shading shows the index.

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Environmental Footprint

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The footprint ownership of the portfolio expresses the total resource consumption the portfolio finances. Each company's footprint is calculated by normalizing resources consumed by the company's enterprise value. Multiplying these values by the dollar amount invested in each company yields the aggregate footprint ownership figures. The selected index's footprint (for an equivalent $ amount invested in corporates) is provided alongside. The portfolios score is shown in blue and the index in grey.

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Robeco data based on Trucost data. *
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Source: Data based on RobecoSAM impact data.
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Source: Data based on RobecoSAM impact data.
*Source: S&P Trucost Limited © Trucost 2021. All rights in the Trucost data and reports vest in Trucost and/or its licensors. Neither Trucost, not its affliates, nor its licensors accept any liability for any errors, omissions, or interruptions in the Trucost data and/or reports. No further distribution of the Data and/or Reports is permitted without Trucost's express written consent.

Sustainability

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The fund incorporates sustainability in the investment process via exclusions, ESG integration, ESG and environmental footprint targets, 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 fundamental investment analysis to assess existing and potential ESG risks and opportunities. In the stock selection the fund limits exposure to elevated sustainability risks. The fund also targets a better ESG score and at least 20% lower carbon, water and waste footprints compared to the reference index. In addition, where a stock issuer is flagged for breaching international standards in the ongoing monitoring, the issuer will become subject to exclusion. 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 maintain a long-term positive outlook for developed market equities. Nevertheless, we have lowered our macro factor from positive to neutral. We think that macro risks are increasing, as the US Federal Reserve has indicated it wants to start tapering, i.e. reduce the pace of its balance sheet expansion, in November. The first rate hikes have been signaled for the second half of 2022 or the first half of 2023. Meanwhile, global earnings revisions are likely peaking out, after a very strong post-pandemic rebound. In our view, the risk of a near-term correction has risen due to ongoing inflation concerns, China's unprecedented regulatory crackdown, the tapering announcement, and 'tax and spend' prospects in the US. However, valuations now strike us as more reasonable. Technical analysis is still supportive and market sentiment is not excessively bullish.

Michiel Plakman, CFA, Chris Berkouwer
Michiel Plakman, CFA, Chris Berkouwer

Michiel Plakman, CFA, Chris Berkouwer

Michiel Plakman is Lead Portfolio Manager and member of the Global Equity team. He is responsible for fundamental global equities with a focus on Information Technology, Real Estate and portfolio construction. He has been in this role since 2009. Previously, he was responsible for managing the Robeco IT Equities fund within the TMT team. Prior to joining Robeco in 1999, he worked as a Portfolio Manager Japan at Achmea Global Investors (PVF Pensioenen). From 1995 to 1996 he was Portfolio Manager European Equities at KPN Pension Fund. He holds a Master's in Econometrics from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and he is a CFA® charterholder. Chris Berkouwer is a Portfolio Manager for Robeco’s Sustainable Global Stars Equities strategy. His focus is on companies in the sectors industrials, energy & materials. He joined Robeco in 2010. Prior to that, he worked as an analyst for the The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies. At Robeco he conducted country, industry and company studies for various equity teams. He a holds Master's in Business Administration and International Public Management from the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

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ISINNL0000289783
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Valoren1237582
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Close financial year31-12
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Fiscal product treatment

The fund is established in the Netherlands. The fund is managed as a 'naamloze vennootschap' (public limited company). The fund has the status of 'fiscal investment institution' in the sense of article 28 of the Dutch Corporate-Income Tax Act 1969, and, as such, is taxed at a corporate-income tax rate of 0%.The fund is obliged to pay out the realized current income in the form of dividend within 8 months after the end of the financial year. From 1 January 2007 the fund withholds Dutch dividend tax at a rate of 15% from these dividend payments. The fund can in principle use the Dutch treaty network to partially recover any withholding tax on its income.

Fiscal treatment of investor

For private investors residing in the Netherlands real interest and dividend income or capital gains received on their investments are not relevant for tax purposes. Participating units held by private investors who are taxpayers in the Netherlands belong in Box 3. If and insofar as an investor's net assets exceed the net wealth exemption limit, said investor is liable from 1 January to pay 1.2% annually on the balance of his or her net assets. Investors residing in the Netherlands may offset the Dutch dividend tax withheld (15% as at 1 January 2007) against their income-tax payment. Investors who are not subject to (exempt from) Dutch corporate-income tax (e.g. pension funds) are not taxed on the achieved result. Dutch tax-exempt bodies may seek a full refund on the 15% dividend tax withheld on dividends (25% prior to 1 January 2007). Interest income is exempt from tax withheld at source. 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 in their tax return. In principle, Dutch bodies that are subject to corporate-income tax may offset the 15% dividend tax withheld on dividends (25% prior to 1 January 2007) against the corporate-income tax and seek a refund of the excess amount. Investors residing outside the Netherlands are subject to their respective national tax regime applying to foreign investment funds. Shareholders who do not pay tax in the Netherlands and who are resident in countries that have a tax treaty with the Netherlands to prevent double taxation, may seek a refund for part of the Dutch dividend tax from the Dutch tax authorities, depending on the treaty. As of 1 January 2007, a pension fund having its registered office in another EU member state is also entitled to a dividend-tax refund in the Netherlands. The above is based on the current fiscal legislation and regulation.

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