RobecoSAM Smart Energy Equities X GBP
Pole position in the clean energy race
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.
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MSCI World Index TRN
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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- Long-term growth potential — Participate in the megatrend of electrification of energy supply & benefit from the transition to new ways of producing, distributing and managing energy.
- Focus on solution providers — Invest in the technology leaders and innovative winners of this global revolution
About this fund
RobecoSAM Smart Energy Equities is an actively managed fund that invests globally in companies providing technologies for clean energy production, distribution, power management infrastructure and energy efficiency. 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 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's objective is also to achieve a better return than the index. The strategy integrates sustainability criteria as part of the stock selection process and through a theme-specific sustainability assessment. The portfolio is built on the basis of an eligible investment universe that includes companies whose business models contribute to the thematic investment objectives. The assessment regarding relevant SDGs uses an internally developed framework, more information on which can be obtained at www.robeco.com/si.
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Michael Studer PhD
Roman Boner is Portfolio Manager of the RobecoSAM Smart Energy Equities strategy. Before joining Robeco in 2021, Roman was a Senior Portfolio Manager at Woodman Asset Management. Prior to that, he spent six years at Swisscanto (later part of Zurich Kantonalbank) as a Senior Portfolio Manager responsible for a sustainable global equity fund and co-manager of the thematic Global Water und Climate Fund. Roman started his career in 1996 at UBS working in different divisions including Private Banking, Asset Management and Trading. In 2003, he became Portfolio Manager at UBS Global Asset Management and, from 2005 onwards, focused on sustainable thematic equities strategies including Energy Efficiency and Climate change accounts. Roman graduated from the University of Applied Sciences Zurich in Economic and Business Administration and is a CFA® charterholder. Michael Studer is Co-Portfolio Manager of RobecoSAM Smart Energy Equities strategy and also covering thematic research with a focus on Technology within the Thematic Investing Energy/Mobility/Materials team. Before joining Robeco in 2021, he spent three years at Acoro Asset Management, where he was an investment manager focused on the IT sector (semiconductors, software and internet). Prior to that, he worked as a Senior Equity Analyst covering IT at Julius Bär, Bank J. Safra Sarasin and as a sellside analyst at Bank am Bellevue with a total 10-year tenure. Michael started his career in 2007 as a consultant for Strategy & Operations in the Financial Services Industry at Deloitte. Michael holds a PhD in Accounting and Controlling and a Master in Information and Technology Management from the University of St Gallen (HSG), as well as a Master in International Management from the Community of European Management Schools (CEMS). He also studied at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York (USA).
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Since inception 11/2020
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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 0.05% 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
The fiscal consequences of investing in this fund depend on the investor's personal situation. For private investors in the Netherlands real interest and dividend income or capital gains received on their investments are not relevant for tax purposes. Each year investors pay income tax on the value of their net assets as at 1 January if and inasmuch as such net assets exceed the investor’s tax-free allowance. Any amount invested in the fund forms part of the investor's net assets. Private investors who are resident outside the Netherlands will not be taxed in the Netherlands on their investments in the fund. However, such investors may be taxed in their country of residence on any income from an investment in this fund based on the applicable national fiscal laws. Other fiscal rules apply to legal entities or professional investors. We advise 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 can engage in currency hedging transactions. Typically currency hedging is not applied.
In principle the fund does not intend to distribute dividend and so both the income earned by the fund and its overall performance are reflected in its share price.
RobecoSAM Smart Energy Equities is an actively managed fund that invests globally in companies providing technologies for clean energy production, distribution, power management infrastructure and energy efficiency. The selection of these stocks is based on fundamental analysis. The fund has sustainable investment as its objective within the meaning of Article 9 of the European Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation. The fund furthers the decarbonization of the global energy sector through investments in clean energy sources, energy efficient products and infrastructure and by the electrification of the industrial, transportation and heating sectors. This is done by investing in companies that advance the following UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs): Affordable and Clean Energy goal, Decent work and economic growth, Industry, innovation and infrastructure, Sustainable cities and communities, and Climate action. The fund integrates ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) factors 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, and proxy voting. The fund also aims to achieve a better return than the index. The strategy integrates sustainability criteria as part of the stock selection process and through a theme-specific sustainability assessment. The portfolio is built on the basis of an eligible investment universe that includes companies whose business models contribute to the thematic investment objectives. The assessment regarding relevant SDGs uses an internally developed framework, more information on which can be obtained at www.robeco.com/si. Benchmark: MSCI World Index TRN. The majority of stocks selected will be components of the benchmark, but stocks outside the benchmark may be selected too. While the investment policy is not constrained by a benchmark, the fund may use one for comparison purposes. 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 sustainable objective of the fund.
Risk management is fully integrated into the investment process to ensure that positions always meet predefined guidelines.
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The fact that the sub-fund has obtained this label does not mean that it meets your personal sustainability goals or that the label is in line with requirements arising from any future national or European rules. The label obtained is valid for one year and subject to annual reappraisal. More information on this label.
SDG Impact Alignment
This distribution across SDG scores shows the portfolio weight allocated to companies with a positive, negative and neutral impact alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) based on Robeco’s SDG Framework. The frameworks, which utilizes a three-step approach to assess a company’s impact alignment with the relevant SDGs, provides a methodology for assigning companies with an SDG score. The score ranges from positive to negative impact alignment with levels from high, medium or low impact alignment. This results in a 7-step scale from -3 to +3. If the data set does not cover the full portfolio, the figures shown above each impact level sum to the coverage level to reflect the data coverage of the portfolio, with minimal deviations that reflect rounding. Weights < 0.5% will show as 0. If an index has been selected, the same figures are also provided for the index. Holdings mapped as corporates and/or sovereign are included in the figures. For more information, please visit https://www.robeco.com/docm/docu-brochure-robecosam-sdg-framework.pdf
The fund's sustainable investment objective is to further the transformation and decarbonization of the global energy sector. The transformation and decabonization of the energy sector and sustainability considerations are incorporated in the investment process by the means of a target universe definition, exclusions, ESG integration, a carbon footprint target and voting. The fund only invests in companies that have a significant thematic fit as per Robeco's thematic universe methodology. Through screening on both Robeco's internally developed SDG Framework and Robeco’s exclusion policy, the fund does not invest in issuers that have a negative impact on the SDGs, are in breach of international norms or where products have been deemed controversial. Financially material ESG factors are integrated in the bottom-up fundamental investment analysis to assess existing and potential ESG risks and opportunities. The fund's weighted carbon footprint will be equal to or better than that of its Climate Transition Benchmark. 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.
After a very strong first quarter of the year, the equity market consolidated in April close to its peak of the year within a relatively tight trading range. Underneath the headline index performance numbers, dispersion was quite high. Defensive sectors outperformed, while the more cyclical industries underperformed. Within technology mega-cap software and internet names outperformed, while semiconductor companies underperformed strongly. On macro, April was a bit of the same as the last few months, with inflation numbers slowly coming down, but they remain too high by any standard, while the overall economy remained resilient. However, hard-landing fears persist as financial conditions continue to tighten following the recent banking turmoil.
Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -7.49%. The Energy Distribution cluster delivered a good absolute performance to the portfolio thanks to the defensive Electric Networks sub-cluster that benefited from its regulated and inflation-protected asset base. Equipment suppliers Schneider Electric and Quanta Services performed very well in an overall more difficult environment. The Renewable Energy cluster performed in line with the overall fund. Solar was the weakest sub-cluster in April, as the market is awaiting more clarity on the implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act in the US and the Green Industrial Plan in Europe. The Energy Efficiency cluster was weak across the board, with the worst performance coming from the Transportation and Big Data sub-clusters. Within transportation, EV maker BYD had a slightly positive performance though in a generally weak environment for EV makers. After some strong months, the Big Data sub-cluster traded down in a market risk-off environment. Energy Management was the weakest cluster after months of strong performance. Especially the Power Semiconductor sub-cluster suffered from investors locking in profits at strong YTD performers on fears of easing supply conditions in auto.
Expectation of fund manager
Michael Studer PhD
Inflation in North America and Europe has likely peaked, but fears remain that inflation will stay higher for a bit longer. The recent banking crisis will likely lead to some further tightening of financial conditions, even without the Fed becoming more restrictive. Long-term interest rates started to reflect this new outlook and are trading below recent peaks. This should give valuation support for quality growth companies with sound balance sheets. With China recovering from the Covid downturn, we expect gradually improving global supply chains through 2023 and easing input cost inflation. Therefore, we are confident on the earnings outlook for our portfolio going into 2023, even with a more challenging macro backdrop, as high energy prices and the urgent need for energy independence act as a catalyst for more investments in energy technologies. The fund management team remains constructive on the mid to long-term prospects of our holdings.
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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.