Robeco Asia-Pacific Equities I USD
Asian all-cap value style with a proven track record
Every share class of a product invests in the same portfolio of securities and has the same investment objectives and policies. However, their parameters might deviate. For instance and amongst others, their distribution type, currency exposure or fees and expenses might differ. The most common share classes at Robeco are:
a) D/DH shares, which are regular shares and available for all Investors;
b) I/IH shares, for institutional investors as defined from time to time by the Luxembourg supervisory authority.
For more information on share classes please go to the prospectus.
Class and codes
MSCI AC Asia Pacific Index (Net Return, USD)
Under the EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation, products can be labelled as either Article 6, 8 or 9 fund.
Article 6 - The fund is not in scope of enhanced sustainability disclosures compared to Article 8 and 9.
Article 8 - The fund does not have a sustainable investment objective but promotes environmental or social characteristics and is subject to enhanced sustainability disclosures.
Article 9 - The fund has a sustainable investment objective and is subject to enhanced sustainability disclosures.
Regardless of Article 8 or 9, the companies in which investments are made must follow good governance practices, and sustainable investments must not do any significant harm.
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- Performance & costs
- Focused investing in Asia-Pacific equities
- Concentrated portfolio driven by bottom-up selection targeting approximately 90 positions
- Risk allocation over performance drivers
About this fund
Robeco Asia-Pacific Equities is an actively managed fund that invests in stocks in developed and emerging Asian-Pacific countries. The selection of these stocks is based on fundamental analysisThe fund's objective is to achieve a better return than the index. The fund focuses on stocks of companies incorporated in Asia, Australia or New Zealand or those companies that exercise major part of economic activity from these regions. Country allocation is a less important performance driver, implemented via country and currency overlays.
Total size of fund
Size of share class
Inception date fund
Joshua Crabb is Lead Portfolio Manager and Head of Asia Pacific Equities. In the emerging markets universe he covers Thailand and Vietnam. Before joining Robeco in 2018, Joshua was Head of Asian Equities at Old Mutual and Portfolio Manager at BlackRock and Prudential in Hong Kong. He started his career in the investment industry as Sector Analyst at BT Financial Group in 1996. Joshua holds a Bachelor's with Honors in Finance from the University of Western Australia and he is a CFA® charterholder. Harfun Ven is Portfolio Manager in the Asia Pacific team with a focus on cyclical sectors. Prior to joining Robeco in 2008, he was Portfolio Manager Japanese Equities at Alliance Trust. Harfun also managed Premier Alliance Trust Japan Equity, a top quartile ranked fund. Before that, he spent six years with Bowen Capital Management, managing both Japan-only and Asia-Pacific funds. He started his career in the investment industry in 1998. Having grown up in Japan, he fluently speaks Japanese, Cantonese and English. Harfun holds an MBA from Boston University and a Bachelor's from the University of Massachusetts.
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Since inception 01/2013
Tracking error ex-post (%)
The ex-post tracking error is defined as the volatility of the fund's achieved excess return over the index return. In fund management, most managers are subject to an ex-ante (pre-determined) tracking error, which defines the extent of the additional risk they may take when aspiring to outperform the fund's benchmark. The ex-post tracking error explains the distribution of past fund performances compared to those of its underlying benchmark. With a higher tracking error, the fund's returns deviate more from its index's returns, hence there is a greater chance that the fund may outperform. The wider the spread of returns relative to the benchmark, the more "actively" a fund has been managed. In contrast, a low tracking error indicates more "passive" management.
This ratio serves to evaluate the quality of the excess return a fund manager has achieved because it takes the active risk involved into account. The information ratio is defined as the excess return over the benchmark return divided by the fund's tracking error. The higher the information ratio, the better. For example, a fund with a tracking error of 4% and an excess return of 2% over benchmark has an information ratio of 0.5, which is quite good.
This ratio measures the risk-adjusted performance and allows the performance quality of different investments to be compared. It is calculated by subtracting the risk-free rate from the fund's returns and dividing the result by the fund's standard deviation (risk). So the Sharpe ratio tells us whether a fund's returns are the result of smart investment decisions or stem from taking extra risk. The higher the ratio, the better, meaning that a greater return is achieved per unit of risk. This ratio is named after its inventor, Nobel Laureate, William Sharpe.
Alpha measures the difference between a portfolio's actual return and its expected performance, given the level of risk, compared to the benchmark. A positive alpha figure indicates that the fund has performed better than expected, given the level of risk. Beta is used to calculate the level of risk compared to the benchmark..
Beta is a measure of a portfolio's volatility, or systematic risk, in comparison to the benchmark. A beta of 1 indicates that the portfolio will move with the benchmark. A beta of less than 1 means that the portfolio will be less volatile than the benchmark. A beta of more than 1 indicates that the portfolio will be more volatile than the benchmark. For example, if a portfolio's beta is 1.2 it is theoretically 20% more volatile than the benchmark.
Standard deviation is a measure of the dispersion of a set of data from its mean. The more spread out the data is, the higher the deviation. In finance, standard deviation is applied to the annual rate of return of an investment to measure the investment's volatility (risk).
Max. monthly gain (%)
The maximum (i.e. highest) absolute positive monthly performance in the underlying period.
Max. monthly loss (%)
The maximum (i.e. highest) absolute negative monthly performance in the underlying period.
Months out performance
Number of months in which the fund outperformed the benchmark in the underlying period.
Hit ratio (%)
This percentage indicates the number of months in which the fund outperformed in a given period.
Months Bull market
Number of months of positive benchmark performance in the underlying period.
Months outperformance Bull
Number of months in which the fund outperformed positive benchmark performance in the underlying period.
Hit ratio Bull (%)
This percentage indicates the number of months the fund outperformed a positive benchmark in an underlying period.
Months Bear market
Number of months of negative benchmark performance in the underlying period.
Months outperformance Bear
Number of months in which the fund outperformed negative benchmark performance in the underlying period.
Hit ratio Bear (%)
This percentage indicates the number of months the fund outperformed a negative benchmark performance in an underlying period.
Indication of annual charges that are deducted for this fund. This indication is based on the costs over the last calendar year and may vary from year to year. Transaction costs incurred by the fund, any performance fees and other one-off costs are not included in the ongoing charges.
Included management fee
A fee paid by the fund to the asset management company for the professional management of the fund.
Included service fee
This fee is intended to cover official fees, such as the cost of annual reports, annual shareholders' meetings and price publications.
The transaction costs shown are the average annual transaction costs over the last three years calculated in accordance with European regulations.
Fiscal product treatment
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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The fund is allowed to pursue an active currency policy to generate extra returns.
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.
Robeco Asia-Pacific Equities is an actively managed fund that invests in stocks in developed and emerging Asian-Pacific countries. 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 E&S (i.e. Environmental and Social) characteristics within the meaning of Article 8 of the European Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation, integrates sustainability risks in the investment process and applies Robeco’s Good Governance policy. The fund applies sustainability indicators, including but not limited to, normative, activity-based and region-based exclusions, proxy voting and engagement. The fund focuses on stocks of companies incorporated in Asia, Australia or New Zealand or those companies that exercise major part of economic activity from these regions. Country allocation is a less important performance driver, implemented via country and currency overlays. 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 aims to outperform the Benchmark over the long run, whilst still controlling relative risk through the applications of limits (on countries and sectors) 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 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.
After a strong January, Asian markets dropped back (-5.8%) in February, underperforming global equities (-3%). China's reopening optimism faded and the focus turned to the 'higher for longer' interest rate cycle in the US. The 2-year US Treasury yield reached 4.83%, the highest level since 2007, pulling risk assets lower. China and Hong Kong were the worst-performing markets (-10.4% and -7.1% respectively), but A-shares were more resilient (CSI300 -4.7%). Geopolitical concerns re-surfaced with the 'spy balloon' incident, and earnings concerns increased with Chinese and Australian earnings previews weaker than expected. With the China pullback and the Adani issues still overhanging India, ASEAN was back in focus, with Indonesia (-0.8%) outperforming with a better-than-expected trade surplus. Taiwan (-1.4%) performed better, while South Korea (-6.6%) and India (-4.7%) lagged.
Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -3.56%. The portfolio outperformed its benchmark over the month. Stock selection in Japan, China, Indonesia and the Philippines worked well in February. A strong performance in Taiwan relative to South Korea in semiconductors detracted, given our valuation driven preference for the latter. Australia also dragged, with one of our holdings reporting an earnings miss. On the positive side, Renesas reported strong results and guidance, driving a re-rating from cheap valuations. SMFG continued to do well, with further suggestions of a move away from yield curve control in Japan. Nissan also benefited from a restructuring with the JV agreement with Renault. China Resources Pharmaceutical saw improving earnings revisions and our underweight in Meituan also aided stock selection in China, with increasing competition in the sector. Bank Mandiri in Indonesia outperformed on improving sentiment in the country. On the other side, Alibaba, KT Corp and KB Financial saw profit-taking after a strong run in recent months. Regulatory risks rose in South Korea as President Yoon Suk-yeol attempted to improve his popularity.
Expectation of fund manager
Asian markets came back into favor as China abandoned its zero-Covid policy. After the first rally off the low, the focus will now turn to earnings. Japan's move away from YCC and improving corporate governance leading to restructuring, buybacks and higher dividends, will be supportive for that market. We focus on companies with a solid business model that can deliver stronger earnings recovery into next year. Although with global growth slowing there will be mounting earnings risks, the sounder fiscal and monetary policy that has been adopted in Asia should make markets more resilient than in the past. The recent pullback in ASEAN makes long-term structural growth even more attractive. Concerns over growth are likely to remain in cyclical sectors such as tech hardware, but asset-based valuations are getting closer to a trough in Asia and this should provide a floor. India is a good long-term story, but we remain selective and disciplined with our value approach. However, the sell-off will produce stock-specific opportunities. The portfolio's metrics represent good value despite market moves at 10.4x forward earnings, 5.8x cash flow, 0.96x book, 11.3% ROE and 3.5% dividend yield.