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RobecoSAM Emerging SDG Credits Z USD

Index: JPM CEMBI Broad Diversified
ISIN: LU1071420613
  • Structured and disciplined investment process using a proprietary SDG framework for selecting issuers
  • Active & diversified strategy that targets emerging market opportunities
  • Experienced & stable credit team
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About this fund

RobecoSAM Emerging SDG Credits is an actively managed fund that invests in corporate bonds in Emerging Markets. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to provide long term capital growth. The portfolio is built on the basis of the eligible investment universe and an internally developed UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework for mapping and measuring SDG contributions, about which more information can be obtained via the website www.robeco.com/si. The investment universe of the fund comprises both Local currency as well as Hard currency debt.

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RobecoSAM Emerging SDG Credits Z USD

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was 0.67%. The fund has positions in all major regions and economies. The fund performance was close to the index performance. The fund beta slightly below 1 contributed negatively and issuer selection made a neutral contribution. The lower duration position versus the index contributed negatively.

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Market development

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In August, credit markets continued to be volatile. The CEMBI Index returned +0.71% (hedged in USD) last month, with spreads on the index dropping 15 basis points to 2.53%. The 10-year US Treasury yield moved from 1.22% to 1.31%. The summer months are generally very slow, as issuance slows down or, such as this year, is almost absent. Weakness in the Chinese property market continued, with Evergrande moving towards a bankruptcy. On the other hand, the Chinese government ultimately did support asset management company Huarong by injecting new capital via state-owned financial institutions. The action resulted in a recovery in Asian credit markets, with the exception of property. This led to a tightening of the overall benchmark spread. Other parts of emerging markets, such as Latin America, followed the US market and as a result were slightly weaker. The US markets had a weak month due to concerns about the recovery, with the Delta variant spreading across the United States. Although most of the volatility took place in US Treasuries.

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Currency policy

Derivatives can be used for various reasons; for example, to hedge single positions, for arbitrage, and for leverage to gain extra exposure to the credit market.

Dividend policy

The fund does not distribute a dividend. The income earned by the fund is reflected in its share price. This means that the fund's total performance is reflected in its share price performance.

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

RobecoSAM Emerging SDG Credits is an actively managed fund that invests in corporate bonds in Emerging Markets. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to provide long term capital growth. The fund has sustainable investment as its objective, within the meaning of Article 9 of the Regulation (EU) 2019/2088 of 27 November 2019 on Sustainability-related disclosures in the financial sector. The fund advances the UN Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) by investing in companies whose business models and operational practices are aligned with targets defined by the 17 UN SDGs. The fund integrates ESG (Environmental, Social and corporate Governance) in the investment process, applies an exclusion list basis controversial behavior, products (including controversial weapons, tobacco, palm oil and fossil fuel, alcohol, gambling, adult entertainment, cannibis) while avoiding investment in thermal coal, weapons, military contracting and companies that severely violate labor conditions, next to engagement. The portfolio is built on the basis of the eligible investment universe and an internally developed UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework for mapping and measuring SDG contributions, about which more information can be obtained via the website www.robeco.com/si. The investment universe of the fund comprises both Local currency as well as Hard currency debt.The majority of bonds selected will be components of the Benchmark, but bonds outside the Benchmark 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, whilst still controlling relative risk through the applications of limits (on currencies and issuers) to the extent of 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.

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The SDG score shows to what extent the portfolio and the benchmark contribute to the 17 UN Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs). Scores are assigned to each underlying company using the Robeco SDG Framework, which utilizes a three-step approach to calculate a company’s contribution to the relevant SDGs. The starting point is an assessment of the products offered by a company, followed by the way in which these products are produced, and finally whether the company is exposed to any controversies. The outcome is expressed in a final score which shows the extent to which a company impacts the SDGs on a scale from highly negative (dark red) to highly positive (dark blue). The bar shows the aggregate percentage exposure of the portfolio and the benchmark (shaded) to the different SDG scores. This is then also split out per SDG. As a company can have an impact on several SDGs (or none), the values shown in the report do not sum to 100%. More information on Robeco’s SDG Framework can be found at: https://www.robeco.com/docm/docu-robeco-explanation-sdg-framework.pdf

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ESG integration policy

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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.

Expectation of fund manager

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Most likely, the credit market will at best deliver a coupon excess return. A boring year, in other words. We think it is better to be positioned on the cautious side. ‘All signs on green’ has become the widely shared view for credit. This is a market that no longer compensates for tail risks and which is vulnerable to negative surprises. Confirmation biases rule. The credit impulse is set to roll over in Europe, the US and China. So, the net combined fiscal and private credit impulse will become negative soon. Towards 2022, this might start to have a dampening impact on growth rates. At times like these, it is best to be humble about the unknowns and to just accept that, every now and then, it is difficult to see the forest for the trees. We are not running huge underweight betas, though; our positioning is just below one. Given the very low dispersion in markets, it no longer pays to reach out for the riskier names. Nevertheless, we still find opportunities in banks, Covid recovery trades and some idiosyncratic cases. At the margin, we like emerging market credit more than other credit subsectors. Our positioning is consistent across all credit categories.

Reinout Schapers, Christiaan Lever
Reinout Schapers, Christiaan Lever

Reinout Schapers, Christiaan Lever

Mr. Schapers is Portfolio Manager Emerging Market Credits in the Credit team. Prior to joining Robeco in 2011, Reinout worked at Aegon Asset Management for 5 years where he was a senior portfolio manager high yield credits and was Head of High Yield Europe since 2008. Before that, he worked at Rabo Securities as an M&A associate and at Credit Suisse First Boston as a corporate finance analyst. He holds an Engineering degree in Architecture from the Delft University of Technology. He has been active in the industry since 2003. Christiaan Lever is Portfolio Manager High Yield in the Credit team. Before assuming this role in 2016, he was Financial Risk Manager at Robeco, focusing on market risk, counterparty risk and liquidity risk within fixed Income markets. Christiaan has been active in the industry since 2010. He holds a Master's in Quantitative Finance and in Econometrics from Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Team

The RobecoSAM Emerging SDG Credits fund is managed within Robeco's credit team, which consists of eight portfolio managers and twelve credit analysts (of which four cover the financial sector). 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 sixteen 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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