Robeco Sustainable Emerging Credits I USD
Actively targeting credit opportunities in emerging markets
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
JPM CEMBI Broad Diversified
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.
- Performance & costs
- 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
About this fund
Robeco Sustainable Emerging 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 the flexibility to invest in value opportunities beyond the index universe, which means that the fund comprises both local currency and hard currency debt. Companies are selected based on their exposure rather than their location, and sometimes sovereign exposure is chosen over credit exposure. In-depth, company-specific analysis and country analysis are important pillars in the investment process.
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Inception date fund
Reinout Schapers is Co-Head Portfolio Management Investment Grade in the Credit team. Prior to joining Robeco in 2011, Reinout worked at Aegon Asset Management where he was a Head of European High Yield. Before that, he worked at Rabo Securities as an M&A Associate and at Credit Suisse First Boston as an Analyst Corporate Finance. Reinout has been active in the industry since 2003. He holds a Master's in Architecture from the Delft University of Technology. Christiaan Lever is Portfolio Manager High Yield and Emerging Credits 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. 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.
Current MIFID legislation prevents us from reporting performance data for funds with less than a 12 month track record.
The average credit quality of the securities in the portfolio. AAA, AA, A en BAA (Investment Grade) means lower risk and BB, B, CCC, CC, C (High Yield) higher risk.
Option Adjusted Modified Duration (years)
The interest rate sensitivity of the portfolio.
The average maturity of the securities in the portfolio.
Yield to Worst (%)
The average yield of the securities in the portfolio (lowest yield to either call date or redemption date).
Green Bonds (%)
The percentage of total AuM in the portfolio (market-weight based) that is indicated as Green Bond in Bloomberg. Green bonds are any type of regular bond instrument for which the proceeds will be applied exclusively to environmental projects.
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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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.
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.
Robeco Sustainable Emerging 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 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. The fund has the flexibility to invest in value opportunities beyond the index universe, which means that the fund comprises both local currency and hard currency debt. Companies are selected based on their exposure rather than their location, and sometimes sovereign exposure is chosen over credit exposure. In-depth, company-specific analysis and country analysis are important pillars in the investment process. Benchmark: JPM CEMBI Broad Diversified. 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, while still controlling relative risk through the application of limits (on currencies and issuers) to the extent of the 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 embedded in the investment process to ensure that positions always meet predefined guidelines.
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Sustainability is incorporated in the investment process by the means of a target universe, exclusions, ESG integration, and a minimum allocation to ESG-labeled bonds. The fund invests in credits issued by companies with a positive, neutral or low negative impact on the SDGs. The exposure to credits issued by companies with a low negative impact is at max 20% and the average SDG score of the fund must be greater than zero. The impact of issuers on the SDGs is determined by applying Robeco's internally developed three-step SDG Framework. The outcome is quantified with a proprietary SDG score methodology, considering both the contribution to the SDGs (positive, neutral or negative) and the extent of this contribution (high, medium or low). In addition, the fund does not invest in credit 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 security analysis to assess the impact on the issuer's fundamental credit quality. Furthermore, the fund invests at least 5% in green, social, sustainable, and/or sustainability-linked bonds. Lastly, where a credit issuer is flagged for breaching international standards in the ongoing monitoring, the issuer will become subject to exclusion.
After a tumultuous March, volatility came down, although markets failed to find a clear direction. Markets are increasingly worried about the looming recession, while inflation proves to be more sticky than anticipated in developed markets. In emerging countries in many cases inflation is less of an issue and local central banks may have room to start lowering rates ahead of developed markets. However, the JPM CEMBI universe failed to materially outperform developed indices. Latin American markets showed a weak performance during April. Political unrest and weaker commodity prices are likely the key drivers of this. Asian markets remained relatively strong. This was the only region where there was an active new issue market this month. Most of the issuance were well-know high grade names, but also new issuers such as Pertamina Geothermal were able to issue new bonds. The CEMBI spread declined 3 bps to 372 bps over the month, while the yield remains close to 7.5%.
Expectation of fund manager
What happened at Silicon Valley Bank and Credit Suisse? At the end of the hiking cycle (certainly after such a steep rise in central bank rates), there are casualties. There always are. We just do not always know which sector or region is the most vulnerable at that point in the business cycle. The recent banking stress will have changed one thing. Bank lending standards were already tightening and this process will now accelerate. Refinancing is the key element in a credit downturn and this is precisely what will be more difficult for some companies. Rates fears were the key driver in this cycle and 10-year yields historically seem to peak at that penultimate point. But it looks as though we are now back to fundamentals and we therefore have some confidence that it is time to slowly enter a buy-on-dips strategy. Spreads on all segments of the credit market are now undoubtedly above median spreads, although divergence is also visible here. Could spreads go wider in a full-blown recession scenario? Yes, they can. However, we do feel comfortable running a beta above 1, as there are clear pockets of value across markets. Active positioning will remain key throughout the volatility.
A provision for exchange rate fluctuation when representations are made in foreign currencies (i.e. Any representations made which are not denominated in HKD/ USD/ EUR) may expose investors to exchange rate fluctuations.
Investment involves risks. Past performance is not indicative of future performance. The information contained in this website is provided for reference only and does not constitute any investment advice. Investors are advised to seek independent advice before making any investment decision. Please refer to the relevant offering documents for details including the risk factors before making any investment decisions. This web page is published by Robeco Hong Kong Limited and has not been reviewed by the Securities and Futures Commission.
Positive distribution yield does not imply positive return. Investors should not make any investment decision solely based on information contained in the table. You should read the relevant offering document (including the key facts statement) of the fund for further details including the risk factors.
Annualized yield is calculated with the following formula: Sum of the monthly dividends over a period of 12 months / average of the applicable prices of the first business day of these 12 months * 100%
Where a reference is made to the frequency of dividend distributions, this frequency is an aim and not a guarantee. The fund may at its discretion pay dividend out from capital. Dividend yield is not guaranteed, and is not indicative the return of the Fund. The yield figure is for reference only. The fund may at its discretion to pay dividend out from capital. Distributions out of capital may result in the reduction of an investor’s original capital invested in the Sub-fund or from any capital gains attributable to that original investment of the Sub-fund. Also, any distributions involving the capital and/or capital gains may result in an immediate reduction of the net asset value per share of the relevant class. Payment of dividends out of capital amounts to a return or withdrawal of part of an investor’s original investment or from any capital gains attributable to that original investment. If there is a change of distribution policy of the Sub-fund, the Management Company will seek the prior approval of the Securities and Futures Commission in Hong Kong ('SFC') and provide at least one month’s prior notice to affected Shareholders.