Robeco Next Digital Billion S USD
Emerging Markets Trend solution with high-growth technology companies and tech-enablers
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.
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Class and codes
MSCI Emerging Markets 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.
- Performance & costs
- This new strategy is a combination of our Emerging Markets and our Trends Investing capabilities and it is the world’s first Emerging Market Technology trend fund that focuses on a new generation of internet users
- Identifies companies that have the potential to be long-term winners in trends like payments, ecommerce, software solutions, fintech, etc
- Evident focus on information technology and consumer discretionary
About this fund
Robeco Next Digital Billion is an actively managed fund that invests in companies in emerging markets. The selection of these stocks is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to achieve a better return than that of the index.The fund selects companies with high growth potential that aim to cater to the previous and next billion internet users. Many of the targeted emerging countries now have a critical mass in internet penetration and coupled with the absence of traditional economic infrastructure, this can lead to the emergence of the next wave of technology companies and value creation.
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Michiel van Voorst CFA
Michiel van Voorst is Co-Portfolio Manager within the Trends Equities team. He has a focus on financials/fintech/next digital billion. In 2019, Michiel rejoined Robeco from Union Bancaire Privée in Hong Kong where he was CIO Asian Equities. Prior to that, Michiel spent 12 years at Robeco in several senior positions including senior portfolio manager Rolinco Global Growth fund and Robeco Asian Stars. Prior to joining Robeco in 2005, Michiel was Portfolio Manager US Equity at PGGM and Economist with Rabobank Netherlands. Michiel started his career in the investment industry in 1996. Michiel van Voorst holds a Master’s in Economics from University of Utrecht and is a CFA® charterholder. Bryan Satterly is Portfolio Manager Next Digital Billion and a member of the Robeco Trends Equities team. Prior to this role, Bryan was an investment manager for Robeco’s Private Equity group where he was responsible for group exposures in emerging markets, venture capital and co-investments. He joined Robeco in 2018. Before that he was an investment analyst in Washington D.C. for the Venture Capital Group at IFC, the World Bank Group’s private sector investment arm, investing into technology companies across emerging markets. He started his career in 2013 as an investment banking analyst at BMO Capital Markets in New York, working on a variety of equity, debt and M&A transactions in the Healthcare and Real Estate sectors. Bryan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in Washington D.C.
Since inception 09/2021
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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.
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 Next Digital Billion is an actively managed fund that invests in companies in emerging markets. 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 selects companies with high growth potential that aim to cater to the previous and next billion internet users by improving access to technology and innovating with digital solutions in local communities. The investment policy is not constrained by a Benchmark but the fund may use a benchmark 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 environmental, social and governance 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.
February was a negative month for our portfolio holdings in both absolute and relative terms. The MSCI Emerging Markets Index was also negative for the month. Robeco Next Digital Billion underperformed, with relative losses coming primarily from the fund's exposure to China.
Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -6.70%. The fund underperformed, with relative losses coming primarily from the fund's exposure to China. Internet platforms contributed most positively to performance during February, a continuation of the positive contribution of the category in January. The largest contributor was once again MercadoLibre. The fintech portion of the portfolio was a negative contributor to returns during the month of February. Several of our Brazilian fintech companies were down, inverting the positive trend from January. The B2B/enterprise-focused portion of the portfolio made a positive contribution to performance during February. One of our biggest positions in this category, Globant, contributed positively to performance during the month. This portion of the portfolio made a slightly negative contribution to the fund's performance in February, continuing its negative contribution from December and January. Our largest holding in this category, ESR Group, was down for the month. Overall, ICT & enabler companies made a positive contribution to the fund's results in February. The online consumer & media portion of our portfolio made the most negative contribution.
Expectation of fund manager
Michiel van Voorst CFA
Our focus markets continue to adjust to a higher interest rate environment globally. Signs of possible demand weakness for goods and services offered by technology companies vary greatly by geography. However, in the most impacted areas, we are beginning to see demand recovery, with portfolio holdings well positioned. The local and regional challenges companies need to face across emerging markets are as diverse as the mix of countries itself. However, quarter-after-quarter we have seen that innovative companies in the portfolio have withstood obstacles well. In the short term, we see the China macro story developing positively after reopening, which may have a ripple effect across emerging markets as global demand picks up. Within our high conviction approach, we remain diversified across geographies. We continue to reevaluate fundamental theses on individual positions within the portfolio. However, our Next Digital Billion trend remains incredibly compelling for the long-term. We continue to search for new investment ideas even in these turbulent times.