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Robeco Sustainable Emerging Stars Equities FL GBP

Index: MSCI Emerging Markets Index (Net Return, GBP)
ISIN: LU2066015400
  • Concentrated portfolio
  • Focuses on the most attractive emerging countries
  • Improved environmental footprint, generates a positive ESG impact.
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About this fund

Robeco Sustainable Emerging Stars Equities is an actively managed fund that invests in equities in emerging countries across the world. 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 has a concentrated portfolio and 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. The fund aims at selecting stocks with relatively low environmental footprints compared to stocks with high environmental footprints.

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Robeco Sustainable Emerging Stars Equities FL GBP

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -0.15%. The fund significantly outperformed the MSCI Emerging Markets Index in December due to the underweight position in China, the overweight position in South Korea and a positive stock selection in Brazil and South Korea. Within South Korea, the positions in Samsung Electronics, SK hynix, LG Electronics, Hyundai Mobis and Hana Financial all contributed positively. In Brazil, bioenergy company Raízen and hydro-electricity and aluminum company CBA contributed positively. Other significant positive contributors were Indian IT outsourcing company HCL Technologies and Mexican financial Banorte. Within China, the fund benefited from having a low weight in internet companies and positive performance for consumer appliances company Haier Smart Home, but this was counterbalanced by the position in property developer Shimao. Other negative contributors to the relative performance in December were the position in Hungarian OTP Bank and not having a position in Taiwanese semiconductor company MediaTek.

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Market development

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In December, the MSCI Emerging Markets Index rose by 0.8% in euro terms, lagging developed markets, which were up 3.2%. Concerns on Fed tightening in 2022 and faster transmission of the Omicron variant were negative factors, while the economic growth outlook remains positive. The best emerging countries were Mexico, Czech Republic, Thailand, South Korea and Taiwan, while Chile, China, Hungary and Russia were the worst performers. In Chile, elections were won by left-wing candidate Gabriel Boric, which could potentially lead to less market-friendly policies. China still faced negative sentiment towards the internet companies and financial problems for several highly leveraged property companies. Several emerging countries in Europe and Latin America hiked interest rates, most pronounced was the 1.5% increase in Brazil. Finally, volatility in the Turkish lira was very high, due to Erdogan's push for lower interest rates. Interventions and a new scheme to give FX guarantees to lira depositors gave temporarily relief, but this is unlikely to be a structural solution.

Fund allocation

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Currency policy

To reduce any possibility of large currency deviations relative to the benchmark which heighten the level of risk, the fund may bring exposure into line with the currency weights of the benchmark by carrying out currency forward transactions.

Dividend policy

In principle the fund does not intend to distribute dividend and so both the income earned by the fund and its overall performance are reflected in its share price.

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 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 Emerging Stars Equities is an actively managed fund that invests in equities in emerging countries across the world. 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 proxy voting and engagement. The fund also aims for an improved environmental footprint compared to the Benchmark.The fund has a concentrated portfolio and 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. The fund aims at selecting stocks with relatively low environmental footprints compared to stocks with high environmental footprints. The majority of stocks selected will be components of the Benchmark, but stocks outside the Benchmark 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 VaR Ratio) 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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The 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.
*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.

Portfolio Sustainalytics ESG Risk Rating

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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 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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In 2022, the world still has to deal with the coronavirus. Although the Omicron variant is more contagious, it also seems to be less dangerous, so hopefully there will be less need for lockdowns this year. Global growth has recovered in 2021 and the positive growth trend is likely to continue this year. A concern is the rise in inflation, and the question to what extent this is transitory. In any case, the main global central banks are likely to gradually shift to less easy monetary policy, and potential Fed rate hikes are back on the horizon. Emerging central banks have actually moved pre-emptively, with significant interest rate hikes in several countries, and overall being well prepared for less supportive global policies. On the monetary side, China is the main exception. As growth is slowing down, there actually is room for policy support. After the equity rebound in 2020 and 2021, global equity market valuations are not particularly cheap. However, we do think that emerging markets are attractively valued relative to developed markets. With lagging performance last year, the discount for emerging markets has widened to more than 35% based on earnings multiples.

Jaap van der Hart, Karnail Sangha
Jaap van der Hart, Karnail Sangha

Jaap van der Hart, Karnail Sangha

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.Karnail Sangha is Fund Manager of Robeco’s Emerging Smaller Companies Fund and is responsible for the team’s investments in India and Pakistan. Prior to joining Robeco in 2000, Mr. Sangha was Risk Manager/Controller at AEGON Asset Management. Karnail holds a Master's degree in Economics from Erasmus University, Rotterdam. He became a CFA charter holder in 2003.

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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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