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RobecoSAM Euro SDG Credits IH GBP

Index: Bloomberg Barclays Euro-Aggregate: Corporates (hedged into GBP)
ISIN: LU1807417479
  • Invests in companies that contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • Provides a diversified exposure to the Euro investment grade credit market
  • Disciplined and repeatable investment process and experienced team management
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About this fund

RobecoSAM Euro SDG Credits is an actively managed fund and provides a diversified exposure to the Euro investment grade credit market. 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 the relevant SDGs using an internally developed framework about which more information can be obtained via the website www.robeco.com/si. The fund can take some off-benchmark positioning in emerging markets, covered bonds and a limited exposure to high yield bonds.

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RobecoSAM Euro SDG Credits IH GBP

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was 0.23%. The portfolio posted a positive return last month, which was similar to that of the index. The average credit spread of the index was unchanged for the month at 89 basis points. The excess return of the European corporate bond market was 0.09%. The yield of the underlying 10-year German treasury bonds moved tighter by 3 basis points to -0.29%. The performance contribution of our top-down positioning was negligible. Issuer selection contributed neutral to performance. Investors are pricing in times of economic prosperity after Covid-19, so companies that are exposed to leisure and other Covid-19-impacted sectors performed well, which drove spreads tighter. Individual names that contributed most to performance were ZF Friedrichshafen, Cellnex, Allied Irish Bank, Allianz and CNP Assurances. The fund scores highly on the following Sustainable Development Goals: Decent work and Economic growth (SDG 8) and Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (SDG 9). Names we favor that contribute positively to these SDGs are Cellnex, Intel and T-Mobile. Going forward, we keep our beta below one, as we have a more cautious view of credit markets.

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Market development

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The spread performance in the corporate bond markets was close to zero in March, while sentiment in the equity markets remained positive. At the same time, we see more and more late-cyclical idiosyncratic events happening. The latest development was the unwind of Archegos, a large hedge fund disguised as a family office. This unwind caused large price declines for several popular growth stocks and some significant losses for individual banks that provided the leverage. The largest victim was Credit Suisse, a bank that had already been hurt by the fall of Greensill Capital. Spreads for Credit Suisse bonds widened, but the overall credit market remained largely unscathed, with credit spreads flat for the month. Government bond yields continued to rise in the US, while European yields were fairly stable. An amount of EUR 67 billion was issued in new bonds in the euro investment grade market. Almost half of this supply was in the 10Y+ bucket, so issuers are rushing to the market to lock in low yields. The duration extension of the index was higher than usual last month. Still, duration in the European corporate bond market has only increased marginally over the past years.

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Currency policy

All currency risks are hedged.

Derivative policy

RobecoSAM Euro SDG Credits 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 fund retains any income that is earned and so its entire performance is reflected in its share price.

ESG Integration policy

In the RobecoSAM Euro SDG Credits strategy we look for investments with a positive societal impact, whilst generating healthy financial returns. We define impact as an alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We identify and evaluate the impact that specific credits have on the SDGs, and score all the issuers under coverage of the analyst team. These scores categorize credits as having either a Positive, Neutral, or Negative impact on the SDGs. The scores are then used in a screening process, to define the investable universe that exclude credits with a Negative impact on the SDGs. In addition to the universe screening, our credit analysts integrate ESG factors in their analysis of the companies fundamental credit quality.

Investment policy

RobecoSAM Euro SDG Credits is an actively managed fund and provides a diversified exposure to the Euro investment grade credit market. 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 European Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation. 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) 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 the relevant SDGs using an internally developed framework about which more information can be obtained via the website www.robeco.com/si. The fund can take some off-benchmark positioning in emerging markets, covered bonds and a limited exposure to high yield bonds. 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 sustainable objective of the fund.

Risk policy

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

Expectation of fund manager

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It seems obvious that the global economy will in 2021 experience the strongest growth in decades. Ultra-loose monetary policy, aggressive fiscal stimulus and the unleashing of pent-up demand as the economy eventually reopens fully, are expected to pave the way for high single-digit economic growth. The Fed and the ECB have made it very clear that they will keep rates low for a long time. The Fed has signaled that it will deliberately be behind the curve, and that it will accept higher bond yields as long as these are driven by higher inflation expectations. Credit markets traditionally perform well in the first year after a recession. What's more, spreads have been negatively correlated with rates for most of the last two decades. So, why are we advocating a defensive positioning? The short answer is that the market is priced for perfection, which means that you do not get paid for potential tail risks. While it is possible that credits could keep rallying, the margin for error is extremely limited. The opportunity costs of being defensive are therefore low. We believe it very likely that better entry points to increase credit risk will arise in the next six months.

Peter Kwaak, Jan Willem de Moor
Peter Kwaak, Jan Willem de Moor

Peter Kwaak, Jan Willem de Moor

Peter Kwaak is a Senior Portfolio Manager and a member of the Credit team. Prior to joining Robeco in 2005, Mr. Kwaak was employed by Aegon Asset Management for three years as Credits and High Yield Portfolio Manager and at NIB Capital for two years as Portfolio Manager. Peter Kwaak started his career in the Investment Industry in 1998. Mr. Kwaak is a CFA Charterholder and holds a Master's degree in economics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Mr. Kwaak is registered with the Dutch Securities Institute. Mr. de Moor is a Senior Portfolio Manager and a member of the Credit team. Prior to joining Robeco in 2005, Mr. de Moor was employed by SBA Artsenpensioenfondsen as Senior Portfolio Manager Equities for six years. Before that, he worked at SNS Asset Management holding positions of Portfolio Manager Equities (three years) and Research Analyst (two years). Jan Willem de Moor started his career in the Investment Industry in 1994. He holds a Master's degree in Economics from Tilburg University.

Team

The RobecoSAM Euro SDG Credits fundis managed within Robeco’s credit team, which consists of nine portfolio managers and twenty-three credit analysts (of which four financials 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 dedicated quantitative researchers and 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.

Fiscal treatment of investor

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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