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Robeco Asia-Pacific Equities I EUR

Index: MSCI AC Asia Pacific Index (Net Return, EUR)
ISIN: LU1493701376
  • 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 is an actively managed fund that invests in stocks in developed and emerging Asian-Pacific countries. The selection of these stocks is based on fundamental analysisThe fund's objective is to achieve a better return than the index. The fund focuses on stocks of companies incorporated in Asia, Australia or New Zealand or those companies that exercise major part of economic activity from these regions. Country allocation is a less important performance driver, implemented via country and currency overlays.

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Robeco Asia-Pacific Equities I EUR

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -1.18%. The portfolio outperformed its benchmark in October. Our underweights in China and Taiwan helped, along with our overweights in Japan and Indonesia. Strong stock selection in Japan, Australia and Indonesia. In terms of sectors, communication services, financials and consumer discretionary did well, while real estate and industrials detracted. On the positive side, our underweight in Tencent contributed positively, as a large shareholder sold down its position. Worley, an Australian energy transition play, gained ground, as did innovative pharma producer Daiichi Sankyo. Bank Mandiri in Indonesia benefited from strong results in the sector. Hitachi and Indian IT outsourcing company HCL Technologies also reported strong results.On the other side, uncertainty in the Chinese property market began impacting even SOE developers like China Overseas Land, and continued to depress share prices of building material companies such as Beijing New Building Materials, consumer electronics companies such as Midea and infrastructure plays Anhui Conch and China Communication Services.

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Market development

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In October, Asian markets were down 2%, underperforming global markets, which were up 7%. This was primarily due to China, which was down 17%, its worst monthly loss since 2011 amid record foreign outflows following the conclusion of the 20th Communist Party Congress. The congress confirmed an increased concentration of political power, with no sign of relaxing the zero-Covid policy or more support for the property sector. However, we did see a very strong performance from South Korea, which was up 8%, with its tech sector rebounding 15% after hitting long-term valuation lows. The Philippines was up 9% on the back of strong earnings. Japan and Australia were up 5% and 3% respectively.

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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

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.

Investment policy

Robeco Asia-Pacific Equities is an actively managed fund that invests in stocks in developed and emerging Asian-Pacific countries. 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 focuses on stocks of companies incorporated in Asia, Australia or New Zealand or those companies that exercise major part of economic activity from these regions. Country allocation is a less important performance driver, implemented via country and currency overlays. 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 weightings of the Benchmark. The fund aims to outperform the Benchmark over the long run, whilst still controlling relative risk through the applications of limits (on countries and sectors) to the extent of 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 policy

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

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Sustainability

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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.

Expectation of fund manager

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Outside of China, Asian markets remain relatively stable and offer good value, despite some risk of further global weakness and the potential impact on the earnings outlook. The portfolio's metrics changed very little over the month and still represent good value at 8.9x forward earnings, 4.9x cash flow, 0.83x book, 11% ROE and 4.2% dividend yield. Despite recent noise and concerns, we still want to remind investors that the sounder fiscal and monetary policy that has been adopted in Asia should make markets more resilient than in the past. We still see great prospects for ASEAN and continue to review new ideas from our trip last month. In addition, with the recent sell-off in Vietnam, a market we like, we are taking another look at some great long-term names with very attractive valuations. Last month, we highlighted that despite concerns over growth, cyclical sectors such as tech hardware were getting close to trough asset values, and we saw a rebound in some of these names over the month.

Joshua Crabb, Harfun Ven
Joshua Crabb, Harfun Ven

Joshua Crabb, Harfun Ven

Joshua Crabb is Head of Investments and Lead Portfolio Manager Asia Pacific Equities. Before joining Robeco in 2018, Joshua was Head of Asian Equities at Old Mutual and Portfolio Manager at BlackRock and Prudential in Hong Kong. He started his career in the investment industry as Sector Analyst at BT Financial Group in 1996. Joshua holds a Bachelor's with Honors in Finance from the University of Western Australia and he is a CFA® charterholder. Harfun Ven is Portfolio Manager in the Asia Pacific team with a focus on Japanese, Australian and Korean stocks. Prior to joining Robeco in 2008, he was Portfolio Manager Japanese Equities at Alliance Trust. Harfun also managed Premier Alliance Trust Japan Equity, a top quartile ranked fund. Before that, he spent six years with Bowen Capital Management, managing both Japan-only and Asia-Pacific funds. He started his career in the investment industry in 1998. Having grown up in Japan, he fluently speaks Japanese, Cantonese and English. Harfun holds an MBA from Boston University and a Bachelor's from the University of Massachusetts.

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ISINLU1493701376
BloombergRAPAEIE LX
Valoren34048345
WKNA2ASEW
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1st quotation date1474588800000
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 0.01% 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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