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Robeco Corporate Hybrid Bonds M2H EUR

Index: Bloomberg Global Corporate Hybrids 3% Issuer Cap
ISIN: LU1874123828
  • Investing in subordinated bonds with a high yield, issued by non-financial companies with an investment grade rating.
  • Corporate hybrids offer attractive valuations within fixed income.
  • Corporate hybrids have developed into a mature, standardized and diversified asset class.
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About this fund

Robeco Corporate Hybrid Bonds is an actively managed fund that invests in global corporate hybrids bonds issued by nonfinancials. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to provide long-term capital growth. Corporate hybrids are deeply subordinated bonds with equity-like features. The bonds are mainly issued by investment grade issuers. The fund selects the best-in-class hybrid bonds, with the best risk-return characteristics.

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Robeco Corporate Hybrid Bonds M2H EUR

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was 0.68%. The total return of the fund was +0.80% this month, outperforming the index by 96 bps. The portfolio beta was close to one, meaning market moves have a limited effect on the fund's performance. Issuer selection again made a big positive contribution to the relative performance. The overweights in Rabobank, Southern Company, Volkswagen and SSE Plc worked well, as these bonds outperformed the hybrid market. In addition, the underweights in Chinese issuers added value as well. We remain cautious on China's economic growth and national debt level, and note that leverage in most Chinese hybrid issuers is also high. The fund keeps underweight positions in these issuers.

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Market development

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The Global Corporate Hybrids Index delivered a total return of -0.16% last month (EUR, hedged). The average credit spread on the global hybrid index widened 34 basis points (bps) to a level of 314 bps. Spreads on EUR-denominated corporate hybrids tightened, while the USD hybrid market widened, with both moves taking place in the second half of the month. The euro corporate hybrid market at the current spread of 353 bps remains very attractive when judged against the history of the asset class.In October, most credit markets globally delivered positive excess returns. Credit spreads were stable in investment grade, while high yield spreads tightened, especially in the US. Markets were volatile, as the ECB and Federal Reserve continued to raise interest rates. At the same time, markets were hoping for a "Fed pivot" based on the assumption that inflation and yields have reached peak levels, and could ease going forward. The latest FOMC statement on 2 November was first seen as positive by markets. During the press conference Powell remained quite hawkish, saying it was premature to talk about pausing. As a result, US Treasury yields moved sharply higher again.

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Currency policy

All currency risks are hedged.

Derivative policy

Robeco Corporate Hybrid bonds make use of derivatives for hedging purposes as well as for investment purposes. These derivatives are very liquid.

Dividend policy

This share class of the fund will not distribute a dividend.

ESG Integration policy

The fund incorporates sustainability in the investment process via exclusions, ESG integration, a minimum allocation to ESG-labeled bonds, and engagement. The fund does not invest in credit issuers that are in breach of international norms or where activities have been deemed detrimental to society following Robeco's exclusion policy. Financially material ESG factors are integrated in the bottom-up security analysis to assess the impact on the issuer's fundamental credit quality. In the credit selection the fund limits exposure to issuers with an elevated sustainability risk profile. Furthermore, the fund invests at least 5% in green, social, sustainable, and/or sustainability-linked bonds. Lastly, where issuers are flagged for breaching international standards in the ongoing monitoring, the issuer will become subject to engagement.

Investment policy

Robeco Corporate Hybrid Bonds is an actively managed fund that invests in global corporate hybrids bonds issued by nonfinancials. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to provide long-term capital growth. The fund promotes E&S (i.e. Environmental and Social) characteristics within the meaning of Article 8 of the European Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation, integrates sustainability risks in the investment process and applies Robeco’s Good Governance policy. The fund applies sustainability indicators, including but not limited to, normative, activity-based and region-based exclusions. Corporate hybrids are deeply subordinated bonds with equity-like features. The bonds are mainly issued by investment grade issuers. The fund selects the best-in-class hybrid bonds, with the best risk-return characteristics. The majority of bonds selected will be components of the benchmark, but bonds outside the benchmark may be selected too. The fund can deviate substantially from the weightings of the benchmark. The fund aims to outperform the benchmark over the long run, while still controlling relative risk through the application of limits (on currencies and issuers) to the extent of the 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 embedded in the investment process so as to ensure that the fund's positions remain within set limits at all times.

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Sustainability

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The fund incorporates sustainability in the investment process via exclusions, ESG integration, a minimum allocation to ESG-labeled bonds, and engagement. The fund does not invest in credit issuers that are in breach of international norms or where activities have been deemed detrimental to society following Robeco's exclusion policy. Financially material ESG factors are integrated in the bottom-up security analysis to assess the impact on the issuer's fundamental credit quality. In the credit selection the fund limits exposure to issuers with an elevated sustainability risk profile. Furthermore, the fund invests at least 5% in green, social, sustainable, and/or sustainability-linked bonds. Lastly, where issuers are flagged for breaching international standards in the ongoing monitoring, the issuer will become subject to engagement.

Expectation of fund manager

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We aim for a portfolio beta above one in corporate hybrids. Yield and spread levels look very attractive now after the sell-off in bonds this year. Corporate hybrid spreads are near historically wide levels. Corporate hybrids offer a significant yield pickup and are issued by high-quality corporates. These investment grade issuers are well positioned to handle a potential slowdown in global economic growth, given their size and diversification. The European corporate hybrid market offers close to 6.5% yield, with the average index spread (OAS) near 400 bps. The only times we saw wider spreads were during the 2008-2009 financial crisis and the European sovereign debt crisis in 2011.

Peter Kwaak
Peter Kwaak

Peter Kwaak

Peter Kwaak is Portfolio Manager Investment Grade in the Credit team. Prior to joining Robeco in 2005, he was Portfolio Manager Credits at Aegon Asset Management for three years and at NIB Capital for two years. Peter has been active in the industry since 1998. He holds a Master’s in Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam and he is a CFA® charterholder.

Team

The Robeco Corporate Hybrid Bonds fund is managed within Robeco’s credit team, which consists of nine portfolio managers and twenty-three credit analysts. The portfolio managers are responsible for the construction and management of the credit portfolios, whereas the analysts cover the team’s fundamental research. Our analysts have long term experience in their respective sectors which they cover globally. Each analyst covers both investment grade and high yield, providing them an information advantage and benefiting from inefficiencies that traditionally exist between the two segmented markets. Furthermore, the credit team is supported by three dedicated quantitative researchers and four fixed income traders. On average, the members of the credit team have an experience in the asset management industry of seventeen years, of which eight years with Robeco.

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1st quotation date1537228800000
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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