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Robeco Asian Stars Equities D EUR

Index: MSCI AC Asia ex Japan Index (Net Return, EUR)
ISIN: LU0591059224
  • Flexible and dynamic investing
  • Targets the most attractive Asian markets
  • Concentrated portfolio of 30 and 40 stocks
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About this fund

Robeco Asian Stars Equities is an actively managed fund that invests in stocks of the most attractive companies in Asia. The selection of these stocks is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's focus is on the high-growth developing countries in the region. The fund focuses on stock selection and has a concentrated portfolio.

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Robeco Asian Stars Equities D EUR

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -1.62%. The portfolio outperformed its benchmark strongly driven by stock selection. While our stock selection was particularly strong in China, our overweight in Taiwan and underweight in India detracted. In terms of sectors, utilities and IT stocks in the portfolio led the outperformance. On the positive side, Chinese wind farm operator Longyuan shot up as a beneficiary of higher electricity tariffs in China. Indian IT services company HCL Technologies continued to rally with positive momentum. With the oil price hitting its sweet spot, China Petroleum is expected to deliver strong earnings and saw its share price reflecting that. On the other side, Taiwan semiconductor wafer company GlobalWafers saw its share price drop due to worries on weaker memory demand and its competitor Sumco in Japan announcing a capacity increase at the end of the month. Our positive view on semiconductor wafers remains unchanged. Chinese auto dealer Yongda suffered from negative sentiment, as its luxury auto exposure is considered anti 'common prosperity' by some. We did not own Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries, which rallied with higher oil prices and its grand plan to invest in alternative energy equipment.

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Market development

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Asian markets had another month of turmoil in September, losing 4.4% and slightly underperforming global markets, which lost 4.3%. Bond yields rose in most countries except China, where they flatlined, as macro data have pointed towards weaker growth since May. Most central bankers see inflation as transitory, but in September energy prices rose strongly and will contribute to prolonging the 'temporary' phase.  In China (-5.2%), the situation was aggravated by government officials trying to stay within emission budgets. Many factories suffered outages. China was also in the headlines because of the impending collapse of the heavily indebted property developer Evergrande. Foreigners that have always been skeptical of China's property boom cried victory, but it seems the fallout will be contained. Even so, other highly levered property stocks fell strongly in sympathy.  China's handling of the precarious situation will be watched closely.

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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 dividends

ESG Integration policy

Robeco Asian Stars 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 Asian Stars Equities is an actively managed fund that invests in stocks of the most attractive companies in Asia. 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 ESG (i.e. Environmental, Social and corporate Governance) characteristics within the meaning of Article 8 of the European Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation and integrates ESG and sustainability risks in the investment process. In addition, the fund applies an exclusion list on the basis of controversial behavior, products (including controversial weapons, tobacco, palm oil and fossil fuel) and countries, next to voting and engaging. The fund's focus is on the high-growth developing countries in the region. The fund focuses on stock selection and has a concentrated portfolio.The majority of stocks selected through this approach will be components of the Benchmark, but stocks outside the Benchmark index may be selected too. The fund can deviate substanitally 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 VaR Ratio) 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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Full ESG Integration

Voting & Engagement

ESG integration policy

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Robeco Asian Stars 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.

Expectation of fund manager

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Our outlook for Asian markets remains bright, though we do see some clouds building. On the one hand, liquidity is still abundant in our main markets. On the other hand, recent input price inflation will have an impact on margins, depressing the earnings outlook for certain sectors going into 2022. With inflation expectations continuing to rise, we see pricing power in technology commodities alongside traditional commodities. That points to a continuing lead for value over growth. The fund's portfolio (43 stocks) is good value at 10.4x forward earnings, 6.4x cash flow, 1.1x book, 14.3% ROE and 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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ISINLU0591059224
BloombergROBASEQ LX
Valoren12465560
WKNA1JGUS
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1st quotation date1300406400000
Close financial year31-12
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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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