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Robeco Sustainable Asian Stars Equities S USD

Index: MSCI AC Asia ex Japan Index (Net Return, USD)
ISIN: LU2133221411
  • 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 USD

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -0.81%. In August, the portfolio delivered a negative absolute and relative performance driven by stock selection. Our stocks in consumer discretionary in China and South Korea did not fare well through the results season. On the positive side, our underweight position in Alibaba contributed positively last month, as the company continued to suffer from regulatory scrutiny. Indian IT services company HCL Technologies rallied after reporting strong order backlogs. Chinese power grid equipment supplier Nari Technologies shot up on expectations of increasing grid investments in China to accommodate increasing renewable energy intake. ICICI Bank in India continued to rerate on anticipated ROE improvements. In contrast, NanJi E-Commerce dropped back after disappointing earnings. We expect it to recover from restructuring in the past year and like its high ROIC business model. Korean sportwear brand Fila reported an expected weak set of results, and we believe this brand is still on a recovery path. Auto dealer China Yongda reported strong results, but the market was worried about auto supply shortages and auto brands trying out a direct sales model in China.

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Market development

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Asian markets rose 2.1% in August, trailing global equities. Some countries still suffer from high Covid cases, but more countries suffered from their zero-Covid-cases target. China saw a big dip in the service sector in August because of a small Covid outbreak that was met with a severe policy response. Investors in Chinese stocks were taught a new term in August: 'common prosperity'. Xi Jinping wants a more balanced wealth distribution in a country where inequality has grown rapidly over the past few decades. Some companies decided to put shareholders' money into a special fund to restore balance in the country. Obviously this did not go down well with foreign shareholders, but it may be the cost of doing business in China. On the ESG front, Singapore Exchange launched a proposal for companies listed on its mainboard to include climate-related disclosures in their sustainability reports using a 'phased approach' and put in place a board diversity policy with a detailed description in their annual reports. This clear roadmap could be followed by other exchanges in the region and investors will benefit from increased transparency on climate change and diversity reporting.

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

Robeco Sustainable Asian Stars Equities integrates ESG at every stage of the investment process. We use sustainability performance rankings as a first indication of a company’s sustainability profile. In addition we use it to exclude the worst 20% scoring stocks from the investable universe. We then analyze 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 risks and opportunities of a company. If ESG risks and opportunities are significant, the ESG analysis may impact a stock’s fair value and the portfolio allocation decision. Throughout the investment process, we strive for a low environmental impact, as measured by GHG emissions, water use and waste generation, with the aim of realizing at least 20% better levels than the index. In addition to ESG integration, Robeco’s dedicated active ownership team conducts proxy voting and engagement activities focused on specific themes, such as climate change, aiming to improve a company’s sustainability profile. Furthermore, the fund will not invest in companies exposed to the following controversial sectors or business practices: military contracting, controversial weapons, fire arms, UN Global Compact breaches, tobacco, palm oil, nuclear power, thermal coal, arctic drilling and oil sands, according to strict revenue thresholds.

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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Full ESG Integration

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ESG Score

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The portfolio ESG score (and E,S and G score) is calculated by multiplying the RobecoSAM Smart ESG Score of each holding by its respective portfolio or index weight. The same methodology is applied in calculating the key ESG Criterion scores. The scores of the portfolio are provided alongside the scores of the index, highlighting the portfolio’s relative sustainability. The colors indicate the score of the portfolio, whilst the shading shows the index.

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Environmental Footprint

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The RobecoSAM footprint ownership of the portfolio expresses the total resource consumption the portfolio finances. Each company's footprint is calculated by normalizing resources consumed by the company's enterprise value. Multiplying these values by the dollar amount invested in each company yields the aggregate footprint ownership figures. The selected index's footprint (for an equivalent $ amount invested in corporates) is provided alongside. 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: Data based on RobecoSAM impact data.
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Source: Data based on RobecoSAM impact data.
* 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 integration policy

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Robeco Sustainable Asian Stars Equities integrates ESG at every stage of the investment process. We use sustainability performance rankings as a first indication of a company’s sustainability profile. In addition we use it to exclude the worst 20% scoring stocks from the investable universe. We then analyze 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 risks and opportunities of a company. If ESG risks and opportunities are significant, the ESG analysis may impact a stock’s fair value and the portfolio allocation decision. Throughout the investment process, we strive for a low environmental impact, as measured by GHG emissions, water use and waste generation, with the aim of realizing at least 20% better levels than the index. In addition to ESG integration, Robeco’s dedicated active ownership team conducts proxy voting and engagement activities focused on specific themes, such as climate change, aiming to improve a company’s sustainability profile. Furthermore, the fund will not invest in companies exposed to the following controversial sectors or business practices: military contracting, controversial weapons, fire arms, UN Global Compact breaches, tobacco, palm oil, nuclear power, thermal coal, arctic drilling and oil sands, according to strict revenue thresholds.

Expectation of fund manager

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After the strong rally, we must monitor whether high and rising expectations for earnings growth can be met in Asia. With inflation expectations continuing to rise, we see pricing power in technology commodities alongside traditional commodities. That points to a continuing lead for value over growth. Semiconductors and the sustainability thematic remain attractive long-term opportunities in Asia. We are bullish on Asian markets, expecting strong earnings support in 2021. 2021 has started with strong positive flows into the region. We expect more positive flows to support markets. Low valuations and structural growth are good reasons to move money to Asia. Earnings revision has been positive and a strong earnings growth of 30% in 2021 underpins our bullish view. Valuations remain low in Asia and 30% cheaper than the global markets. We focus on bottom-up stock picking and on companies with a good sustainability profile, solid cash flow generation, trading at a good price and having positive momentum.

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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ISINLU2133221411
BloombergROASESU LX
Valoren53611556
WKNA2P63M
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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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