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Robeco Asian Stars Equities I USD

Reference index: MSCI AC Asia ex Japan Index (Net Return, USD)
ISIN: LU1113137688
  • 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 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 I USD

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Market development

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Asian markets fell 1.7% in September, underperforming the world index by 2%. Value continued to outperform growth this month, as investors fled expensive sectors such as healthcare and IT software. In terms of countries, Thailand (+3.2%) and Singapore (+2.1%) saw some recovery, but a pullback in India (-9.3%) and the Philippines (-8.1%) dragged Asian regional performance. Incredibly, the unrest in emerging market currencies finally also got hold of India. The market corrected on a renewed clampdown of bad loans in the banking sector that claimed a few victims. The currency weakened further (-2.4%) and set new lows. The fundamental weakness of deficit countries like India, Indonesia and the Philippines is aggravated by the persistent oil price strength in hard dollars. Investors globally saw bouts of volatility as trade tensions and interest rates remained the key focus areas. Another round of US trade tariffs on Chinese imports kept the Chinese market (-1.7%) under pressure. Energy was strong in September with Brent and WTI crude up 7.5% and 4.9%, respectively. Industrial metals were broadly up 1.6% as well.

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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

For Robeco Asian Stars 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 Asian Stars: Invest in Asia's best. The focus is on the most attractive investments in an exciting growth region. The fund leverages on Robeco's local resources in China and India. The fund will have a high-conviction, high-alpha portfolio with around 30-60 stocks. 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. China’s economy is showing signs of weakening and the government has started monetary loosening. Korea is a good market for patient value investors, especially now that chaebol show positive changes under government pressure. The regional earnings outlook, though having come down recently, still remains healthy on absolute basis (10% for 2018). We continue to focus on bottom-up stock picking and on companies with solid cash flow generation trading at a good price. The fund's portfolio (47 stocks) is good value at 11.0x forward earnings, 6.0x cash flow, 1.1x book and 3.0% 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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ISINLU1113137688
BloombergRASTEIU LX
Valoren25487427
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1st quotation date1411603200000
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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