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Robeco European High Yield Bonds DH USD

Index: Bloomberg Pan-European HY Corporate ex Financials 2.5% Issuer Constraint index
ISIN: LU1408526512
  • Managed with a conservative approach
  • Disciplined and repeatable investment process
  • Experienced team management
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About this fund

Robeco European High Yield Bonds is an actively managed fund that invests in bonds with a sub-investment grade rating, issued primarily by European and US issuers. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to provide long term capital growth.The portfolio is broadly diversified, with a structural bias to the higher rated part in high yield (BB/B). Performance drivers are the top-down beta positioning as well as bottom-up issuer selection.

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Robeco European High Yield Bonds DH USD

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -0.60%. The fund outperformed its benchmark by 3 bps in October, thus setting the year-to-date underperformance to roughly -0.46%. The year-to-date underperformance stems from our beta underweight, as we retain a clear quality bias. In October, the beta underweight delivered a small plus. Issuer selection results are positive on a year-to-date basis. All rating categories were in negative excess return territory for the month, but BBs outperformed on a risk-adjusted basis, a small positive for the fund. We saw the first signs of increasing dispersion. Although this was mainly in the single B space. On a sector level, we saw metals & mining (-0.1%) as the winner for the month. Not one sector printed a positive return figure. On an issuer level, we saw a reversal in Adler Group; our overweight is now the largest contributor for the month (+6 bps). Some positive news surrounding asset sales gave bonds a push upwards. The same story goes for SoftBank, which now is the largest bleeder (-4 bps), as valuations on equity stocks improved slightly. Our overweight in Ontex is also a negative (-2 bps). They are suffering from higher pulp input prices and the inability to pass this on, hitting margins and bond prices.

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Market development

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The European high yield bond spreads moved modestly wider in October, where total yields rose on the back of underlying sovereign rates widening. Corporate earnings are exceeding estimates despite rising input cost pressures. This is also visible in the equity markets that were up only 6% in October. Meanwhile supply chain disruptions persist, commodity prices are still rising and surging rent prices are indicating inflation might be a bit more sticky than first thought. The latter also explains why rates curves have been moving upwards, as markets are anticipating a more hawkish central bank outcome. For example, a Fed rate hike in August of next year or even earlier. Oil prices were still on the rise, as global demand is recovering towards pre-Covid levels and production is still well-controlled. Gas futures are still at elevated levels, but seem to be consolidating on the back of additional supply anticipation. October saw EUR 10.9 bln of issuance, which can be seen as an average month. Flows have not been strong and are flat at best for the year. Global high yield spreads are currently at 303 bps – with an average yield of 3.01%.

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Currency policy

All currency risks are hedged.

Derivative policy

Robeco European High Yield Bonds make use of derivatives for hedging purposes as well as for investment purposes. These derivatives are very liquid.

Dividend policy

The fund does not distribute dividend. The income earned by the fund is reflected in its share price. The fund's entire result is thus reflected in its share price development.

ESG Integration policy

Our analysis of issuers goes beyond the traditional financial factors and includes the issuers’ performance on ESG factors. We deem it essential for a well-informed investment decision to take into account those ESG factors that have the potential to materially impact the financial performance of the issuer. This perfectly matches the basic need to avoid the losers in credit management, as many credit events in the past can be attributed to issues such as poorly designed governance frameworks, environmental issues, or weak health & safety standards. The aim of ESG integration is to improve the risk/return profile of the investments and does not have an impact goal. ESG analysis is fully integrated in the bottom-up security analysis. We have defined key ESG factors per industry, and for every company we analyze how the firm is positioned versus these key ESG factors, and how this impacts the fundamental credit quality.

Investment policy

Robeco European High Yield Bonds is an actively managed fund that invests in bonds with a sub-investment grade rating, issued primarily by European and US issuers. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to provide long term capital growth.The fund aims for a better sustainability profile compared to the Benchmark by promoting certain ESG (i.e. Environmental, Social and corporate Governance) characteristics within the meaning of Article 8 of the European Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation and integrating 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 engagement. The portfolio is broadly diversified, with a structural bias to the higher rated part in high yield (BB/B). Performance drivers are the top-down beta positioning as well as bottom-up issuer selection.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, whilst still controlling relative risk through the applications of limits (on currencies and issuers) 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 embedded in the investment process to ensure that positions always meet predefined guidelines.

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ESG integration policy

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Our analysis of issuers goes beyond the traditional financial factors and includes the issuers’ performance on ESG factors. We deem it essential for a well-informed investment decision to take into account those ESG factors that have the potential to materially impact the financial performance of the issuer. This perfectly matches the basic need to avoid the losers in credit management, as many credit events in the past can be attributed to issues such as poorly designed governance frameworks, environmental issues, or weak health & safety standards. The aim of ESG integration is to improve the risk/return profile of the investments and does not have an impact goal. ESG analysis is fully integrated in the bottom-up security analysis. We have defined key ESG factors per industry, and for every company we analyze how the firm is positioned versus these key ESG factors, and how this impacts the fundamental credit quality.

Expectation of fund manager

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Do fundamentals still matter in a world of financial repression, in which monetary and fiscal policymakers set the stage? It seems that markets have downplayed the role of fundamentals for years; one scenario in which the relationship between fundamentals and markets might return is when central banks loosen their grip. But while the inflation debate is not yet settled, there are other questions to consider, given that tapering is now widely anticipated. Instead, we should be prepared for some less well-flagged themes that could drive the normalization of risk premiums in credit markets. Still a key metric to watch is wage inflation, as this might give an indication of the persistence of inflation and tightness in labor markets. This holds for Europe as well as the US. China will shift its focus from outright growth to more balanced growth via its 'common prosperity' plans. The sharpening in focus is very relevant for certain sectors and will probably also have a dampening impact on global growth. With spreads still near an all-time tight, a cautious positioning makes sense to us. At the margin we have a small preference for financial institution credit.

Roeland Moraal, Sander Bus
Roeland Moraal, Sander Bus

Roeland Moraal, Sander Bus

Roeland Moraal is Lead Portfolio Manager European High Yield in the Credit team. Before assuming this role, he was Portfolio Manager in the Robeco Duration team and worked as an Analyst with the Institute for Research and Investment Services. Roeland started his career in the industry in 1997. He holds a Master's in Applied Mathematics from the University of Twente and a Master’s in Law from Erasmus University Rotterdam. Sander Bus is Co-Head of the Credit team and Lead Portfolio Manager Global High Yield Bonds. He has been dedicated to High Yield at Robeco since 1998. Previously, Sander worked for two years as a Fixed Income Analyst at Rabobank where he started his career in the industry in 1996. He holds a Master's in Financial Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam and is a CFA® charterholder.

Team

The Robeco European High Yield 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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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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