Robeco Sustainable Property Equities I GBP
Applying a trend and sustainability approach to the global listed property sector
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
S&P Developed Property Index (Net Return, GBP)
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
- Invests in the property sector
- Selects companies with the best earnings potential
- Risk limitation through global diversification
About this fund
Robeco Sustainable Property Equities is an actively managed fund that invests in stocks in developed countries across the world. The selection of these stocks is based on fundamental analysis. This fund identifies strong global property trends first. Within these trends the fund aims to select the property companies with the best prospects. Carefully developed models are used to select stocks with good earnings prospects and a reasonable valuation. Discussions with management and business-data analyses are then carried out in order to stringently screen the individual companies. Voting, Engagement, ESG Integration and Robeco's exclusion policy are part of the investment policy.
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Inception date fund
Folmer Pietersma is Portfolio Manager of the Robeco Sustainable Property Equities fund and member of the Sustainable Global Equities team. Prior to joining Robeco in 2007, Folmer worked at ABN AMRO Asset Management as a Portfolio Manager and Analyst Financials. He started his career at ING in 1997. He holds a Master's in Economics from the University of Tilburg and has a CEFA registration. Frank Onstwedder is Portfolio Manager of the Robeco Sustainable Property Equities fund and member of the Sustainable Global Equities team. He rejoined Robeco in 2018. Prior to that, Frank worked at NN IP in the period 2009-2018 as Head of Financials and Analyst Real Estate in the global equity research team, and as a portfolio manager at Lehman Brothers/Neuberger Berman in the period 2007-2009. In the periods 1994-1998 and 2000-2007 he worked at Robeco in various roles, including Portfolio Manager Robeco Property Fund, between those periods he worked at Aegon Investment Management. He holds a Master's in Econometrics from Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Since inception 01/2021
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 can engage in currency hedging transactions.
The fund does not distribute dividend. The income earned by the fund is reflected in its share price. The fund's entire result is thus reflected in its share price development.
Robeco Sustainable Property Equities is an actively managed fund investing in equities from developed countries around the world. The selection of these stocks is based on a fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to achieve a better return than the index. The fund aims for a better sustainability profile compared to the Benchmark by promoting certain E&S (i.e. Environmental and Social) characteristics within the meaning of Article 8 of the European Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation and integrating ESG and 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, engagement and an improved environmental footprint. This fund identifies global trends in the real estate sector. The fund managers use carefully developed models to choose stocks with good earnings expectations and reasonable valuation. The investment policy is not constrained by a benchmark but the fund may use a benchmark for comparison purposes. 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 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 ESG characteristics promoted by the fund.
Risk management is fully integrated in 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.
The fund incorporates sustainability in the investment process via exclusions, ESG integration, ESG and environmental footprint targets, 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 fundamental investment analysis to assess existing and potential ESG risks and opportunities. In the stock selection the fund limits exposure to elevated sustainability risks. The fund also targets a better ESG score and at least 20% lower carbon, water and waste footprints compared to the reference index. 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.
Almost all companies with a December fiscal year-end have reported their full-year earnings at the end of February. For all real estate companies globally we can track funds from operations per share (FFO) for, we calculate a 2022 growth of 18%, while dividend per share (DPS) increased 11%. Although the post-Covid recovery is a major component of this exceptional growth, it is also a reflection of the quality of listed real estate companies. Pressures going into 2023 have led management teams to issue cautious guidance for 2023 earnings. Still, consensus estimates are for a 4% FFO growth in 2023 and an 8% DPS growth as payout ratios start to normalize from a very low level. Next to earnings, inflation was the main focus in February and a blow to hopes that inflation was slowing. Government bond yields started to move back closer to or are at their highs. The 2/10-year US yield curve is firmly inverted, fueling fears the global economy is heading for a recession despite the current strong run. The increased interest rates in combination with the risks of a macro slowdown or even a recession weighed on markets.
Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -2.91%. There were no sub-industries with a positive performance in February. The best-performing sub-industry was specialized REITs, where the US self-storage stocks performed strongly after commenting on continued strong consumer demand, while Life Storage in particular outperformed as its peer Public Storage offered to acquire the company. Office REITs was amongst the worst-performing sub-industries again. Sentiment towards office REITs remains depressed, driven by corporates pulling back given recession fears, and continued changes in the use of space.
Expectation of fund manager
Commercial real estate fundamentals are decelerating, but from very healthy levels. Labor markets are tight and employment growth is strong, though decelerating. Historically, employment growth has been a key demand driver of real estate space. The supply of new real estate space is being curtailed, as construction costs increased and financing has dried up. Developed economies are expected to remain in an inflationary environment. In general, it is easier for a landlord to negotiate rent increases when other goods and services are also going up in price. While fundamentals remain supportive for property stocks, financing costs have risen sharply. As the listed real estate sector has repriced trading below NAV, declining property values have already been priced in. Looking at longer-term periods in history, we find that the sector has generated attractive returns versus general equities. Ownership of property assets offers an attractive income stream and the opportunity to benefit from land value appreciation. Its attractive yield is even more valuable due to the sector's inflation-hedging attributes.