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Robeco Asia-Pacific Equities I USD

Index: MSCI AC Asia Pacific Index (Net Return, USD)
ISIN: LU0875837915
  • 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 I USD

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Market development

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After a lengthy risk-off period in Asian markets, September saw a bounce in riskier and more cyclical assets. Bond yields also bounced back up from very oversold levels (e.g. from 1.2% to 1.5% in Korea). This had an impact on style leadership in equity away from momentum towards more value stocks. A sharp rebound suggests many portfolios look alike now. Ours is clearly different. Economic news remains rather subdued but there is no collapse and the market is no longer surprised by the weakness. Japan GDP growth is around 1% and inflation stays at 0.5%. We believe the impact from the VAT hike from 8% to 10% on 1 October will be limited. China slowed down further with industrial production growth at just 4.4% (from 6% last year) and retail sales at 7.5% (from 9% before). India saw a surprise cut in corporate taxes to turn the weak sentiment and capex outlook.

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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

Robeco Asia-Pacific Equities integrates ESG factors into its investment process by analyzing the impact of financially material ESG factors to a company’s competitive position and value drivers. We believe that this enhances our ability to understand existing and potential (long-term) risks and opportunities of a company. The impact of material ESG factors can be positive or negative, reflecting risks or opportunities, that ensue from a company’s ESG analysis. If ESG risks and opportunities are significant, the ESG analysis could impact a stock’s fair value and the portfolio allocation decision. In addition to ESG integration, Robeco also has an exclusion policy and conducts proxy voting and engagement activities focused on specific themes, such as climate change, aiming to improve a company’s sustainability profile.

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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Asian markets have been captive to trade war and cyclical fears. Taking a long-term perspective, we believe that lower rates and increasing fiscal spending will support regional economies. Corporate earnings growth will be sluggish this year but recover after that. Meanwhile, there are still high returns to be had in Asian equity. Valuations remain low and 20% cheaper than global markets. In Japan, we find many cheap stocks and expect companies with more generous shareholder return policies in particular to be rewarded. China has many pockets of value too. In both countries the gap between cheap and expensive is record high. Value stocks have gone through a long period of weakness that is bound to mean-revert. The fund's portfolio (81 stocks) is extremely good value at 11.1x forward earnings, 5.2x cash flow, 1.0x book and a 3.3% 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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ISINLU0875837915
BloombergROAPEIU LX
Valoren3250382
WKNA1XDD8
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1st quotation date1358726400000
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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