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

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -0.17%. The fund underperformed its benchmark by 4 bps in September, bringing the year-to-date underperformance to roughly -0.50%. The year-to-date underperformance stems from our beta underweight, as we retain a clear quality bias. In September, the beta underweight delivered a negative contribution of 11 bps. The contribution from issuer selection is positive over 2021, with a small minus of 4 bps for the month. In the dollar HY market we saw rating categories performing more or less in line on a risk-adjusted basis, with a small outperformance for the CCC credits led by energy. In Europe, single Bs were the outperformers for the month. Oil prices kept rising, so the energy sector was the best-performing sector for the month, together with the transportation sector in Europe that still benefits from the reopening of travel and increased transportation fees due to shortages. On an issuer level we benefited from our overweight in Nabors Industries (+3 bps) and Transocean (+2 bps) on the back of the energy rally. The largest bleeder was our overweight in Adler Group (-7 bps). Some politics-related negative headlines on whether BaFin had investigated the Adler Group merger last year (ADO/Consus) pushed bonds down a few points.

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Market development

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Global high yield bond markets had a somewhat weaker month, with total returns ending up in negative territory at -0.06%. Excess returns were mildly positive – 10-year US Treasury yields rose 18 bps in September to a quarterly high of 1.49% in response to a pair of hawkish outcomes at the BoE and Fed meetings. While the Fed's strong signal for a November taper was expected, it was modestly surprising that asset purchases could start around the middle of next year. The headline that dominated the market was that Chinese property developer Evergrande missed a coupon payment. Market sentiment turned negative, as a potential default could have major consequences for China, global growth and risky assets. Another market mover was related to the steep increase in power prices across the globe. In particular Europe witnessed a substantial increase in gas prices on the back of feedstock scarcity. September's new issue calendar ended up underwhelming after heightened expectations during the summer. Gross high yield primary market activity produced its fourth lightest volume thus far in 2021, as 69 bonds priced for USD 43.7 bln in September. Global high yield spreads are currently at 293 bps.

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Currency policy

All currency risks are hedged.

Derivative policy

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

Dividend policy

In principle, the fund will distribute dividend annually. This fund aims to pay an annual dividend of 6%. The dividends referred to are target dividends and may be subject to change as a result of market conditions.

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 High Yield Bonds is an actively managed fund that invests in high yield corporate bonds. The selection of these bonds is mainly 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. The fund invests in corporate bonds with a sub-investment grade rating, issued primarily by issuers from developed markets (Europe/US). The portfolio is broadly diversified, with a structural bias to the higher rated part in high yield. 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 index 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.

Sander Bus, Roeland Moraal
Sander Bus, Roeland Moraal

Sander Bus, Roeland Moraal

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. Mr. Roeland Moraal, Vice President, CEFA, Portfolio Manager. Roeland is a Senior Portfolio Manager High Yield within Robeco's Credit team since January 2004. Before assuming this role, he was portfolio manager in our Rates team for two years and worked as an analyst with the Institute for Research and Investment Services for three years. 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.

Team

The Robeco 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.

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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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