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Robeco Asian Stars Equities I USD

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 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 I USD

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Market development

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Asian markets rose a bit further in February, led by gains in Vietnam, India, Hong Kong and Taiwan. February provided more evidence of inflation picking up, as supply bottlenecks became visible. Memory chips, semiconductor wafers, capacitors and others have shown pricing power since late last year and this move accelerated in February 2021. These tech products are now at the start of everything we produce, whether it is computers, cars or batteries. Users will need to pay up to further digitize and reduce carbon in the economy. On top of this, anticipation of reopening resulted in higher commodity prices. Energy stocks rallied. The end of the long bond bull market may be here, with inflation expectations rising. In South Korea, 10-year bond rates moved from 1.3% in July to 1.9% today. China has a more orthodox monetary policy and long bonds moved from 2.5% in April to 3.3% today. The wider spread is good news for the margins of banks and insurers, so their stocks rallied too. Meanwhile, central banks left short rates very low and Indonesia even cut interest rates further to 3.5%.

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Currency policy

The fund is allowed to pursue an active currency policy to generate extra returns.

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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.

Sustainability profile

Full ESG Integration

Engagement

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.

Expectation of fund manager

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After the strong rally, further upside for Asia needs to be supported by earnings strength.  We are bullish on Asian markets: 1) Asia has (IT) infrastructure demands that the world needs; 2) fund flows have begun to return, while Western central banks will continue to inflate asset prices; 3) with healthy pricing power for many Asian leading corporates, the earnings outlook is strong. Asia is home to many global technology leaders that benefit from the digitalization trend and trade at reasonable valuations. For internet leaders, multiples have become frothy and assume blue sky. We may see borders opening in summer 2021 upon the broad rollout of vaccinations. Earnings estimates for 2021 have turned up aggressively. Consensus expects earnings in Asia-Pacific to grow 25%-30% in 2021. Valuations are 15-20% cheaper than global markets. We have seen positive flows and expect more to support markets. The yield curve has begun to steepen and fiscal spending is increasing. We are still waiting for the bottom in inflation. The fund's portfolio (40 stocks) is good value at 14x forward earnings, 6.7x cash flow, 1.3x book, 15% ROE and 2.7% 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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ISINLU1113137688
BloombergRASTEIU LX
Valoren25487427
WKNA2PV5D
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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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