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Robeco Sustainable Asian Stars Equities IL USD

Index: MSCI AC Asia ex Japan Index (Net Return, USD)
ISIN: LU2133221338
  • Concentrated portfolio
  • Targets the most attractive Asian markets
  • Improved environmental footprint, generates a positive ESG impact.
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About this fund

Robeco Sustainable Asian Stars Equities is an actively managed fund that invests in stocks of the most attractive companies in Asia. The selection of these stocks is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to achieve a better return than the index. The fund selects investments based on a combination of top-down country analysis and bottom-up stock ideas. The reference to "Stars" in the name of the fund refers to an approach whereby only the most attractive companies (in terms of actual and/or potential capital gains and/or generation of income and/or growth) are selected. The fund aims at selecting stocks with relatively low environmental footprints compared to stocks with high environmental footprints.

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -1.53%. Robeco Sustainable Asian Stars delivered a positive relative performance, driven by stock selection and country allocation. Our stock selection was very strong in South Korea and Indonesia, but the low weight in India hurt us this month when it rallied on lower rates and declining commodity prices. In terms of sectors, stock selection was strong in communication services and financials. On the positive side, a low weight in Tencent and Alibaba worked well this month, as both stocks retreated on regulatory overhang. ICICI Bank in India delivered a strong set of results and saw its share price rally. LG Chem's focus on EV battery materials was appreciated by investors this month, as its share price staged a recovery. On the other side, China's low conviction measures in supporting the property market impacted property-related stocks in our portfolio in July, from SOE developer China Overseas Land and supplier to developers Beijing New Building Materials to home appliance maker Haier Smart Home. Our base case scenario continues to be one in which the government would provide enough support to the property sector to stabilize it. In that scenario there is great value in our holdings.

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Market development

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In July, against the strongest rally in global equities since November 2020 (+6.9%), Asia was the only region registering a loss (-1.7%). Market sentiment shifted from inflation concerns to growth concerns, with a peak in the Fed funds rate and easing in 23Q1 in the US now implied. China (-10%) slumped to its worst monthly loss in a year, struggling with supporting its property market, Covid spreading throughout the country and regulatory overhang on Alibaba. The Politburo meeting did not provide any respite, with no signs of much-needed policy easing in the near future. Taiwan (+1.6%) and South Korea (+5.8%) leveraged the global tech rally that boosted their respective heavyweight semis (+5.0%) and tech hardware (+7.8%) sectors. India (+9.2%) benefited from new measures introduced to augment foreign investment inflows and stem the depreciation of the rupee. ASEAN (+2.8%) extended its lead in the region.

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Currency policy

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

Dividend policy

The fund does not distribute dividends

ESG Integration policy

The fund incorporates sustainability in the investment process via exclusions, ESG integration, ESG and environmental footprint targets, and voting. The fund does not invest in 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 fundamental investment analysis to assess existing and potential (long-term) ESG risks and opportunities. In the stock selection the fund limits exposure to elevated sustainability risks. The fund also targets a better ESG score and at least 20% lower carbon, water and waste footprints compared to the reference index. In addition, where a stock issuer is flagged for breaching international standards in the ongoing monitoring, the issuer will become subject to exclusion. Lastly, the fund makes use of shareholder rights and applies proxy voting in accordance with Robeco's proxy voting policy.

Investment policy

Robeco Sustainable Asian Stars Equities is an actively managed fund that invests in stocks of the most attractive companies in Asia. The selection of these stocks is based on fundamental analysis.The fund's objective is to achieve a better return than the index. 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, while avoiding investment in thermal coal, weapons, military contracting and companies that severely violate labor conditions, next to voting and engaging. The fund also aims for an improved environmental footprint compared to the Benchmark.The fund selects investments based on a combination of top-down country analysis and bottom-up stock ideas. The reference to "Stars" in the name of the fund refers to an approach whereby only the most attractive companies (in terms of actual and/or potential capital gains and/or generation of income and/or growth) are selected. The fund aims at selecting stocks with relatively low environmental footprints compared to stocks with high environmental footprints. The majority of stocks selected through this approach will be components of the Benchmark, but stocks 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 in the underlying markets 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 integrated into the investment process to ensure that positions always meet predefined guidelines.

Sustainability profile

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Footprint ownership expresses the total resource utilization the portfolio finances. Each assessed company's footprint is calculated by normalizing resources utilized by the company's enterprise value including cash (EVIC). Multiplying these values by the dollar amount invested in each assessed company yields the aggregate footprint ownership figures. The selected index's footprint is provided alongside. Sovereign and cash positions have no impact. The portfolios score is shown in blue and the index in grey.

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Robeco data based on Trucost data. *
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*Source: S&P Trucost Limited © Trucost 2021. All rights in the Trucost data and reports vest in Trucost and/or its licensors. Neither Trucost, not its affliates, nor its licensors accept any liability for any errors, omissions, or interruptions in the Trucost data and/or reports. No further distribution of the Data and/or Reports is permitted without Trucost's express written consent.

ESG Risk Score

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The Portfolio Sustainalytics ESG Risk Rating chart displays the portfolio's ESG Risk Rating. This is calculated by multiplying each portfolio component's Sustainalytics ESG Risk Rating by its respective portfolio weight. If an index has been selected, those scores are provided alongside the portfolio scores, highlighting the portfolio's ESG risk level compared to the index. The Sustainalytics ESG Risk Rating distribution chart shows the portfolio allocations broken into Sustainalytics' five ESG risk levels: negligible (0-10), low (10-20), medium (20-30), high (30-40) and severe (40+), providing an overview of portfolio exposure to the different ESG risk levels. If an index has been selected, the same information is shown for the index.

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Sustainability

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The fund incorporates sustainability in the investment process via exclusions, ESG integration, ESG and environmental footprint targets, and voting. The fund does not invest in 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 fundamental investment analysis to assess existing and potential (long-term) ESG risks and opportunities. In the stock selection the fund limits exposure to elevated sustainability risks. The fund also targets a better ESG score and at least 20% lower carbon, water and waste footprints compared to the reference index. In addition, where a stock issuer is flagged for breaching international standards in the ongoing monitoring, the issuer will become subject to exclusion. Lastly, the fund makes use of shareholder rights and applies proxy voting in accordance with Robeco's proxy voting policy.

Expectation of fund manager

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Asian markets should come back into favor once China stabilizes. Asia is no longer as sensitive to US rate hikes as it used to be, because its fundamental balances are much healthier. Multiples in Asia and especially in our portfolio offer a lot of support with potential earnings upgrades. Also in Asia, monetary policy does not need to tighten as much as in the West, while inflation largely stays at bay. In fact, China should see some easier policies to support growth. Of course, our markets are negatively impacted by ever higher energy prices and a recession in the West will hurt Asia too, especially if demand for semiconductors, that has been a key driver for the region, crumbles. Asia should however hold up much better, as the region has pent-up demand. The domestic economy of China has residual risk coming from property and still has to find a way out of Covid lockdowns. Weaker demand for semiconductors has been more than priced in. We do see pricing power persist in semiconductors and hold our positions there. Valuation is attractive in ASEAN countries, while the economies reopen and activities recover.

Vicki Chi, Joshua Crabb
Vicki Chi, Joshua Crabb

Vicki Chi, Joshua Crabb

Vicki Chi is Portfolio Manager in the Asia Pacific team with a focus on Taiwan and China. Prior to joining this team in 2014, she was an Analyst in the Robeco Emerging Markets team where she covered Chinese stocks in the telecom and banking sector. Vicki started her career in 2006 at Robeco. She is a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese and holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Erasmus University Rotterdam. She also is a CFA® charterholder. Joshua Crabb is Portfolio Manager in the Asia Pacific team, responsible for the management of multiple institutional mandates. Before joining Robeco in 2018, Joshua was Head of Asian Equities at Old Mutual and Portfolio Manager at BlackRock and Prudential in Hong Kong. He started his career in the investment industry as Sector Analyst at BT Financial Group in 1996. Joshua holds a Bachelor's with Honors in Finance from the University of Western Australia and he is a CFA® charterholder.

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BloombergROASEIU LX
Valoren53610050
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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.

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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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