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Robeco Sustainable Asian Stars Equities S EUR

Index: MSCI AC Asia ex Japan Index (Net Return, EUR)
ISIN: LU2133221098
  • 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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Robeco Sustainable Asian Stars Equities S EUR

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was 0.47%. In April, Robeco Sustainable Asian Stars delivered a positive relative performance, driven by stock selection. Indonesia, Hong Kong and China have the best stock selection results. In terms of sectors, communication services, IT and financials contributed positively. On the positive side, investors' interests continued to return to Indonesia and supported the performance of Bank Rakyat. Haier Smart Home reported a positive earnings surprise thanks to premiumization and strong cost management. A large underweight in Taiwan Semiconductor contributed positively last month on weak tech sentiment. Hong Kong telecom incumbent HK Trust provided both stability in earnings and dividend. On the other side, Chinese auto dealer Yongda Automobiles was sold off, as its major contributor to sales, Shanghai, went into lockdown. Taiwanese semiconductor wafer and solar company Sino-American Silicon continued to suffer from weak sentiment in technology, despite very good earnings visibility and cash flow generation. Reliance Industries rallied on expectations of a better refining margin, although the outlook remains muted for its telecom business.

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Market development

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Asian markets outperformed global equities, only down 5.2% in April, and outperformed developed markets YTD. A series of hawkish statements from Fed officials to clamp down hard on inflation led to a sell-off in risk assets on concerns of tighter financial conditions, while lockdowns in China led to severe disruptions of the global supply chain. On the ESG front, the stress from higher commodity prices is felt across the globe, and energy security concerns unfortunately took priority over sustainability commitments in many places. China's NDRC has announced a massive ramp up in coal production to help energize the country's slumping economy. China has proposed a 300 million tonne expansion of domestic production capacity (a 7% increase to existing global supply for thermal coal). Around half or 150 million tonnes will come from new capacity additions, while the balance will come from existing open-pit mines and previously shuttered operations. This also impacts the bargaining power of renewable energy producers in China. The setback in efforts to reduce emissions is unquestionable, highlighting the flexibility warranted to China under its Paris Agreement emission intensity pledges.

Fund allocation

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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

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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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*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 fell less in 2022 compared to developed markets and should come back into favor as soon as China stabilizes. Asia is no longer as sensitive to US rate hikes as earlier, because its fundamental balances are much healthier. Multiples in Asia and especially in our portfolio offer a lot of support, while earnings growth is looking healthy as many regional economies are still in the reopening phase post Covid. 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, further warfare resulting in even higher oil prices and slower global growth is a risk for Asia too. The domestic economy of China has residual risk coming from property and still has to deal with Covid lockdowns. Strong tech demand remains a driver for South Korea and Taiwan. Margins in some sectors may face pressure from commodity prices and supply chain issues. We do see pricing power persist in semiconductors and commodities and are positioned there. Valuation is attractive in ASEAN countries, while the economies reopen and activities recover.

Vicki Chi, Arnout van Rijn
Vicki Chi, Arnout van Rijn

Vicki Chi, Arnout van Rijn

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. Mr. van Rijn is CIO Asia-Pacific, Co-Head of the Asia-Pacific team and Lead Portfolio Manager of Robeco Asia-Pacific Equities. From 2003 to 2007 he was the Lead Portfolio Manager of Rolinco, one of Robeco's flagship equity products. Before that Arnout held several positions within the Robeco Equity department covering European, Asian and American markets. From its inception in 1994 until 2000, he was Portfolio Manager of Robeco's Emerging Markets Equities fund. From 2000 to 2002, Arnout worked in Hong Kong as head of the Fund Desk at Rabo Investment Management. He started his career in the investment industry in 1990. Arnout van Rijn holds a Master's degree in Business Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam.

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ISINLU2133221098
BloombergROASESE LX
Valoren53579859
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1st quotation date1585526400000
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 0.05% 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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