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Robeco Asia-Pacific Equities F USD

Index: MSCI AC Asia Pacific Index (Net Return, USD)
ISIN: LU1278322265
  • Focused investing in Asia-Pacific equities
  • Concentrated portfolio driven by bottom-up selection targeting approximately 90 positions
  • Risk allocation over performance drivers
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About this fund

Robeco Asia-Pacific Equities invests in stocks in developed and emerging Asian-Pacific countries. The selection of these stocks is based on fundamental analysis. The fund focuses on stock selection. Country allocation is a less important performance driver, implemented via country and currency overlays. Voting, Engagement, ESG Integration and Robeco's exclusion policy are part of the investment policy.

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Robeco Asia-Pacific Equities F USD

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Market development

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Most major markets in Asia booked gains in February, led by China. Here, government moral support and stimulus resulted in a sudden uptick of volumes in the A-share market that rallied 15%. There was rising anticipation of an imminent trade agreement between China and the US. At the end of the month, index provider MSCI added fuel to the fire with the announcement that it will lift the inclusion factor of A-shares in three steps from 5 to 20% by the end of 2019. Australia rose 6% in China’s slipstream, helped by firm commodity prices. Japan rose too, but more measuredly as disillusioned foreign investors continue to sell Japanese stocks. We feel they are wrong, as most management teams very clearly feel the pressure to announce better shareholder returns. Buyback announcements and dividend hikes have accelerated even in a weak spell for earnings. Korea fell 1% because DRAM prices fell further and the US-North Korea summit fizzled.

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Currency policy

The fund is allowed to pursue an active currency policy to generate extra returns.

Dividend policy

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.

ESG Integration policy

For Robeco Asia-Pacific Equities, our focus regarding ESG integration is on corporate governance, and in our fundamental assessment of companies we analyze the factor 'management and corporate governance'. We look at the historical behavior of the company vis-a-vis the protection of minority-shareholder interests. Also we investigate the composition of the board and appreciate a higher content of truly independent board members. Finally, we will assess the quality of the audit committee as it is a first protection against fraud. In the quantitative ranking that we use, one of the factors is the RobecoSAM Company score.

Investment policy

Robeco Asia-Pacific Equities provides a balance between diversified exposure and a more concentrated portfolio to offer exposure to some of the world's fastest-growing economies. The portfolio managers make use of both bottom-up and top-down analysis. Bottom-up stock analysis is a primary driver for stock selection. Top-down opportunities and country selection are based on five-factor country analysis, i.e. using macroeconomics, earnings, technical analysis, valuation and sentiment. The fund makes use of an active currency overlay driven by quantitative models and technical analysis. The fund makes use of risk budgeting to allocate risk against the different performance drivers. Risk is allocated between stock selection, country allocation and currency bets. This Sub-fund may invest in China A-shares via the QFII and/or a Stock Connect Programme which may entail additional clearing and settlement, regulatory, operational and counterparty risks.

Risk policy

Risk management is fully integrated into the investment process to ensure that positions always meet predefined guidelines.

Expectation of fund manager

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The Asian markets have lagged the global markets in 2018 on trade war fears and slower growth in general. We have seen these fears reflected in earnings estimates coming down recently. We believe these fears are overdone and see good bottom-up opportunities. Asian markets are already showing the first signs of bottoming after excessive falls. In Japan, we find many cheap stocks and expect companies with more generous shareholder return policies in particular to be rewarded. Korea is a good market for patient value investors, especially now that chaebols show positive changes under government pressure. The regional earnings outlook remains positive albeit weak (5% in 2019). The fund's portfolio (78 stocks) is extremely good value at 11.6x forward earnings, 5.8x cash flow, 1.0x book and a 3.1% dividend yield.

Arnout van Rijn
Arnout van Rijn

Arnout van Rijn

Mr. van Rijn is CIO Asia-Pacific, Co-Head of the Asia-Pacific team and Lead Portfolio Manager of Robeco Asia-Pacific Equities. From 2003 to 2007 he was the Lead Portfolio Manager of Rolinco, one of Robeco's flagship equity products. Before that Arnout held several positions within the Robeco Equity department covering European, Asian and American markets. From its inception in 1994 until 2000, he was Portfolio Manager of Robeco's Emerging Markets Equities fund. From 2000 to 2002, Arnout worked in Hong Kong as head of the Fund Desk at Rabo Investment Management. He started his career in the investment industry in 1990. Arnout van Rijn holds a Master's degree in Business Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam.

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ISINLU1278322265
BloombergRAPAEFU LX
Valoren29268647
WKNA14ZPB
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1st quotation date1440633600000
Close financial year31-12
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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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