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Robeco Financial Institutions Bonds Feeder Fund - zero duration IH USD

ISIN: LU1821796635
  • Diversified exposure to subordinated financial bonds
  • Disciplined and repeatable investment process
  • No active duration, nor FX exposure
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About this fund

This actively managed fund is a feeder Fund ( the “Feeder Fund”) and as such invests at least 85% of its assets in class Z2H shares of Robeco Capital Growth Funds SICAV – Robeco Financial Institutions Bonds (“the Master”). The Master is a sub-fund of Robeco Capital Growth Funds SICAV, a Luxembourg open-ended investment company with variable capital. The Master invests mainly in subordinated euro-denominated bonds issued by financial institutions and similar nongovernment fixed income securities. The Master aims to outperform the benchmark by taking positions that deviate from the benchmark. The benchmark of the Master is Barclays Euro-Aggregate: Corp.Fin.Subordinated 2% Issuer Cap. The Feeder Fund uses derivatives to hedge the duration of the Master. The duration hedge will lead to intended performance differences between the Feeder Fund and the Master. Interest rate movements will have a different effect on the Master and the Feeder Fund.

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Robeco Financial Institutions Bonds Feeder Fund - zero duration IH USD

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Performances are gross of fees and based on closing values. In reality, costs (such as management fees and other costs) are charged. These have a negative effect on the returns shown.

Performances are net of fees and based on transaction prices.

Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was 1.73%. The index return for European subordinated financial debt was 0.9% in August. Credit spreads tightened by 27 basis points to 196 basis points, which means that the spread return of subordinated financial debt amounted to 1.4%. The portfolio return was better than that of the index. The portfolio benefited from the beta overweight position, as spreads tightened. The contribution of issuer selection was close to zero during the month. On a risk-adjusted basis, bank CoCos lagged the market in August. Our overweight exposure contributed negatively to the performance. Looking at individual issuers, the best performers on a risk-adjusted basis were Leaseplan, BNP Cardiff and Axa. Laggards were Rabobank, RBIA and BBVA.

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Market development

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Credit spreads continued to tighten in August, though the magnitude of the tightening was biggest in the first two weeks of the month. The new issue market opened up again in the last weeks of August and quite a large number of new deals was announced. Danske Bank and Erste Bank both issued bank Tier 2 bonds, while Sampo issued a 32NC12 insurance bond. Also in the CoCo market some new deals were announced. Barclays, Intesa and Bank of Ireland are some examples of issuers that tapped the market. The fund participated in many of the new deals, as issue spreads were still at elevated levels. Several banks have a desire to issue Tier 2 and Additional Tier 1 debt, as the supervisor now allows them to fill part of the pillar 2 capital buffer with subordinated debt. All banks have now reported second quarter earnings and it is interesting to see that in most cases capital ratios have actually improved a bit, even though credit losses have gone up. Company guidance for future credit losses by individual banks is typically within the range that we have used in our bank stress tests.

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Currency policy

All currency risks are hedged.

Derivative policy

The Feeder Fund uses derivatives to hedge the duration of the Master. The duration hedge will lead to intended performance differences between the Feeder Fund and the Master. Interest rate movements will have a different effect on the Master and the Feeder Fund.

Dividend policy

This share class of the fund does not distribute dividend.

ESG Integration policy

The prime goal of integrating ESG factors in our analysis is to strengthen our ability to assess the downside risk of our credit investments. Our analysts include RobecoSAM sustainability data and use external sources to make an ESG assessment as a part of the fundamental analysis.

Investment policy

This Fund is a feeder Fund ( the “Feeder Fund”) and as such invests at least 85% of its assets in class Z2H shares of Robeco Capital Growth Funds SICAV – Robeco Financial Institutions Bonds (“the Master”). The Master is a sub-fund of Robeco Capital Growth Funds SICAV, a Luxembourg open-ended investment company with variable capital. The Master invests mainly in subordinated euro-denominated bonds issued by financial institutions and similar non-government fixed income securities. The Master aims to outperform the benchmark by taking positions that deviate from the benchmark. The benchmark of the Master is Barclays Euro-Aggregate: Corp.Fin.Subordinated 2% Issuer Cap.

Risk policy

Risk management is fully embedded in the investment process to ensure that positions always meet predefined guidelines.

Expectation of fund manager

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A lot has changed since we increased the overweight position of the fund in March. Spreads have tightened significantly, but the current index spread is still higher than the long-term average. The economic environment is tough and credit losses for banks will rise, even though we know that short-term economic indicators show that the situation is improving. Why are we willing to run an overweight position then? First of all, because if we look forward we expect that the economic situation will improve further. And we are aware that credit losses will be high, but our stress tests have demonstrated that banks are able to deal with that. In addition, both central banks and governments have continuously overdelivered when they announced measures to support economies. We think that the banking sector will benefit from all this support, as governments are aware that banks are part of the solution this time, not part of the problem. Market liquidity has improved and money is flowing into the credits asset class again. It seems clear that we will remain in a low yield environment for a while, which means that investors will look for parts of the market that still offer an interesting yield.

Jan Willem de Moor
Jan Willem de Moor

Jan Willem de Moor

Mr. de Moor is a Senior Portfolio Manager and a member of the Credit team. Prior to joining Robeco in 2005, Mr. de Moor was employed by SBA Artsenpensioenfondsen as Senior Portfolio Manager Equities for six years. Before that, he worked at SNS Asset Management holding positions of Portfolio Manager Equities (three years) and Research Analyst (two years). Jan Willem de Moor started his career in the Investment Industry in 1994. He holds a Master's degree in Economics from Tilburg University.

Team

The Robeco Financial Institutions Bonds fund is managed within Robeco’s credit team, which consists of nine portfolio managers and twenty-three credit analysts (of which four financials 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 dedicated quantitative researchers and 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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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 0.01% 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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