Robeco Institutioneel Emerging Markets Fonds

ISIN: NL0000275915
  • Invests in emerging economies
  • Active top-down management and a high concentration on growth funds
  • Over 65 years of experience in emerging markets
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About this fund

Robeco Institutional Emerging Markets Equities invests in companies located in emerging economies throughout the world. In general, these economies are growing faster than developed countries and have stronger balance sheets for governments, companies and households. Common risks in emerging economies are political and governance risks, that need to be closely monitored. The fund selects investments based on a combination of top-down country analysis and bottom-up stock ideas. The focus is on companies with a sound business model, solid growth prospects and reasonable valuation. On average the fund has 100 to 120 holdings in the portfolio.

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Based on closing GAV, the fund's return was 8.17%. The fund outperformed the benchmark in November. Both country allocation and stock selection made a positive contribution to the relative performance. Positive country attribution came from the relative positions in South Korea, Hungary and Russia. Negative country attribution came mainly from the allocation to Thailand and Brazil.Stock selection made a significant positive contribution. Stock selection in China, India and Indonesia contributed positively to performance. In China, the selection in the consumer discretionary and financial sectors made a strong contribution to performance. In India, our selection in the energy and financial sectors was the main driver of the relative performance. In Indonesia, Bank Rakyat showed a good performance over the month.Stock selection in South Africa, Taiwan and Hungary made a negative contribution. In South Africa, a negative contribution came from the underweight position in domestic South African stocks. In Taiwan, bicycle stocks Giant and Merida underperformed the market after some strong gains earlier in the year. In Hungary, pharma company Gedeon Richter lagged the market.


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Market development

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In November, the MSCI Emerging Markets Index rose by 6.4% in euro terms, lagging the developed markets, which were up 9.8%. Key events were the positive news on coronavirus vaccines and Joe Biden's victory in the US presidential elections. Commodity prices rose as well, with Brent oil up 27%. The best-performing emerging countries were Thailand, Brazil and the European emerging countries (Greece, Poland, Hungary, Turkey, Czech Republic and Russia all outperformed). The worst-performing emerging country was China, for several reasons: the large IPO of fintech giant Ant Financial was postponed last-minute due to regulatory changes, the announcement of new antitrust rules on internet companies and Trump's executive order to ban US investments in 31 Chinese companies because of military ties. Other important news was the signing of RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership), a free trade agreement between the 10 ASEAN countries and China, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand and Australia.

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

Dividend policy

All of the fund's income is reinvested after deduction of costs and withholding tax. Within three months of the close of the financial year, participants can indicate whether they want the dividend to be reinvested or distributed.

ESG Integration policy

Robeco Institutional Emerging Markets Fund 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 Institutional Emerging Markets Equities invests globally in emerging economies. The focus is on companies which combine a sound business model and solid growth prospects with a reasonable valuation. The first step in portfolio composition is the top-down country selection, as research shows that country specific factors drive stock returns in emerging markets. The second step is in-depth fundamental analysis of companies and serves to identify stocks with the ability to outperform in the long run. Key items of our fundamental analysis are: growth prospects of sector, position of company within sector, competitive strength, financial health and strategy, corporate governance and management quality. We screen stocks with our proprietary quantitative model for attractive characteristics. On average, the fund invests in 100-120 companies. Risk management is fully integrated in the investment process to ensure that positions meet predefined guidelines and the portfolio is well diversified. The fund can protect investors from negative currency developments through active currency hedging. The fund aims to be fully invested. Robeco Institutional Emerging Markets Equities aims to outperform the MSCI Emerging Markets Index over a full market cycle.

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Active. The risk management system continually monitors the portfolio's divergence from the benchmark. In this way, extreme positions are avoided.

Expectation of fund manager

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With the approval of several coronavirus vaccines, the outlook for economic recovery in 2021 has improved. Besides that, very supportive monetary and fiscal policy has helped growth to rebound and the earnings outlook to improve. Yet, the world is not out of woods. Within the emerging world, there is a clear distinction between China, South Korea and Taiwan, three countries that have managed the coronavirus very well, and the rest of the emerging world. The economic impact of the crisis for the three Asian countries has been moderate, while most other emerging countries have been more severely impacted. These countries are also likely to bounce back more strongly. However, attention will then also be directed towards risen government debt and the need to reduce fiscal deficits. Here again, China, Taiwan and South Korea are relatively well positioned, while other countries such as South Africa, India and Brazil have a larger challenge.Given the rebound this year, global equity market valuations are not particularly cheap. However, we do think that emerging markets are attractively valued relative to developed markets, trading at around a 30% discount, based on earnings.

Dimitri Chatzoudis, Wim-Hein Pals, Jaap van der Hart, Fabiana Fedeli
Dimitri Chatzoudis, Wim-Hein Pals, Jaap van der Hart, Fabiana Fedeli

Dimitri Chatzoudis, Wim-Hein Pals, Jaap van der Hart, Fabiana Fedeli

Dimitri Chatzoudis joined Robeco in 2008. He is the Fund Manager of our institutional emerging markets equities funds and mandates. He is also responsible for the team’s investments in Turkey, Central Europe, Greece and Mexico. He started his career at ABN AMRO in 1993 as a buy side analyst, responsible for the IT sector. He transitioned to the Emerging Markets team at ABN AMRO in 2000, where he was responsible for the Eastern Europe Fund as the lead portfolio manager and from 2005 to May 2008 as the lead portfolio manager of the Global Emerging Market portfolios. Dimitri holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the Eindhoven University of Technology and became a VBA charter holder in 1997. Wim-Hein Pals joined Robeco in 1990. He is Head of the Emerging Markets team and Fund Manager for Robeco CGF Emerging Markets Equities. He is also part of the Portfolio Construction team of the Robeco Emerging Markets Smaller Companies strategy. From 1998 to 2001, he was senior Portfolio Manager in emerging European and African equities. Prior to this assignment, he was a senior Portfolio Manager in emerging Asian equities. Wim-Hein holds a M.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences from the Eindhoven University of Technology and a Master's degree in Business Economics from the University of Tilburg, the Netherlands. Jaap van der Hart is the Lead Portfolio Manager of Robeco’s high conviction emerging markets strategy since its inception in November 2006. He has been with Robeco since 1994, starting at the Quantitative Research department and moving to the Emerging Markets Equities team in 2000. Over time, he has been responsible for the investments in South America, Eastern Europe, South Africa, Mexico, China and Taiwan. He coordinates the country allocation process and he has been the Emerging Stars fund manager since its launch in 2006. Since 2015, he is also the fund manager of the Emerging Opportunities fund. Jaap holds a Master's degree in Econometrics from Erasmus University Rotterdam. He has published several academic articles on stock selection in emerging markets. Fabiana Fedeli is Global Head of Fundamental Equities and Portfolio Manager in the Emerging Markets Equities team where she is responsible for portfolio construction and country allocation. She has a background as Portfolio Manager and Analyst on Asia and US equities in London, New York and Tokyo. Prior to her current role, Fabiana was the lead Portfolio Manager on the Asia (ex Japan) Equity fund at Pioneer Asset Management. She joined Pioneer following the sale of Occam Asset Management, where she was Partner and Fund Manager. She began her career at ING Barings as a research analyst covering Japanese equities in Tokyo. Fabiana holds a Master of Economics from Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo and a Degree in Economic and Social Sciences from Bocconi University in Milan.


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The fund is established in the Netherlands. The fund is a mutual fund that is open in the sense of the Dutch Corporate-Income Tax Act 1969. The fund has the status of 'fiscal investment institution' in the sense of article 28 of the Dutch Corporate-Income Tax Act 1969 and, as such, is taxed at a corporate-income tax rate of 0%. The fund is obliged to pay out the realized current income in the form of dividend within 8 months after the end of the financial year. The fund withholds Dutch dividend tax at a rate of 15% from these dividend payments. The fund can in principle use the Dutch 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. Dutch tax-exempt bodies may seek a full refund on the 15% dividend tax withheld on dividends (25% prior to 1 January 2007). Interest income is exempt from tax withheld at source. 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 in their tax return. In principle, Dutch bodies that are subject to corporate-income tax may offset the 15% dividend tax withheld on dividends (25% prior to 1 January 2007) against the corporate-income tax and seek a refund of the excess amount. Investors residing outside the Netherlands are subject to their respective national tax regime applying to foreign investment funds. Shareholders who do not pay tax in the Netherlands and who are resident in countries that have a tax treaty with the Netherlands to prevent double taxation may seek a refund for part of the Dutch dividend tax from the Dutch tax authorities, depending on the treaty. As of 1 January 2007, a pension fund having its registered office in another EU member state is also entitled to a Dutch dividend-tax refund. The above is based on the current fiscal legislation and regulations in the Netherlands. 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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