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Robeco Asia-Pacific Equities Z EUR

Index: MSCI AC Asia Pacific Index (Net Return, EUR)
ISIN: LU0834378712
  • 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.

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Robeco Asia-Pacific Equities Z EUR

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Market development

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With more tensions building in the trade war between the US and China, regional markets drifted lower in early August but later rebounded. Japan ended flat, China was down and most other market were up a little. Sentiment on China stocks was already very depressed on the mainland but the cold wind started to blow into Hong Kong too. Globally investors pulled more money out of the emerging markets affected by contagion from Turkey. Exchange rates weakened against a strong dollar and central banks in India, Indonesia and the Philippines raised rates to defend their currencies. It was much quieter in Japan where markets were actually quite steady but trade war fears hit automobile stocks. In Australia, people were treated to a political soap opera over environmental rules which resulted in PM Turnbull being replaced by his fellow-liberal Morrison. The market did not take it too badly and even managed to eke out a small gain.

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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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Asian markets have lagged global markets this year due to fears of a trade war and US dollar strength. We have seen these fears reflected in earnings estimates coming down recently. We believe these fears are overdone and see good bottom-up opportunities. The only real worry should be rising inflation and interest rates. This could slow down regional growth and result in fund flows out of the region. For Japan though, moderately higher rates would actually be a good thing. Companies with more generous shareholder return policies will also be rewarded. China has temporarily focused away from deleveraging to support growth. Korea is a good market for patient value investors, especially now that chaebol show positive changes under government pressure. The regional earnings outlook remains healthy (8% for 2018). The fund's portfolio (81 stocks) is good value at 11.7x forward earnings, 6.5x cash flow, 1.0x book and a 2.8% 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.

Details

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Management companyRobeco Luxembourg S.A.
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ISINLU0834378712
BloombergRCGRAZE LX
Valoren3250371
WKN
AvailabilityLU, SG, CH
1st quotation date1349827200000
Close financial year31-12
Legal statusInvestment company with variable capital incorporated under Luxembourg law (SICAV)
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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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