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Robeco Sustainable Emerging Stars Equities IL GBP

Index: MSCI Emerging Markets Index (Net Return, GBP)
ISIN: LU2100417026
  • 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 IL GBP

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was 3.01%. In August, the fund did slightly better than the MSCI Emerging Markets Index, mainly due to stock selection in China. Key positive contributions were the position in solar glass company Xinyi Solar and having a relatively low weight in internet company Alibaba. Other Chinese holdings that did well were Haier Smart Home and Weichai Power. Outside of China, positive contributions came from Hungarian OTP Bank, Indian financial HDFC and Indian IT outsourcing company HCL Technologies. The main negative contributors were the relatively high weight in South Korea and stock selection in South Korea and Taiwan. Key laggards in South Korea were LG Electronics and household appliances company Coway, while in Taiwan it was gaming PC company Micro-Star. Other laggards were Brazilian energy distribution company Cosan and Chinese auto parts company Nexteer.

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Market development

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In August, the MSCI Emerging Markets Index increased by 3.1% in euro terms, marginally better than the 2.9% rise for developed markets. Brazil, South Korea and China were the main markets that lagged the overall EM index. South Korea witnessed foreign outflows from the technology sector, and the Bank of Korea unexpectedly hiked interest rates from 0.5% to 0.75%, the first rate hike in almost three years. South Korea was not alone, as Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Hungary, Peru and the Czech Republic also raised interest rates to contain inflationary pressures. China underperformed on the back of new regulations for numerous sectors and additional lockdown measures due to the spread of the Delta variant. India was the best-performing country among the larger equity markets, and the ASEAN countries Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia also performed well. EM equity funds saw subscriptions of another USD 3 billion in August, bringing the year-to-date inflows to USD 96 billion.

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Currency policy

The fund is allowed to pursue an active currency policy to generate extra returns and can engage in currency hedging 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

Robeco Sustainable Emerging 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 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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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 Emerging 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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In the developed world, the rollout of coronavirus vaccines has progressed well, and the global economy is recovering, while monetary and fiscal policy remains very supportive. This is also reflected in positive earnings developments, both in terms of reported numbers and in upgrades of earnings estimates. Within emerging markets, vaccinations are taking place, but the pace needs to catch up by and large. However, these countries are still benefiting from the global rebound in growth. Inflation is moving up in some countries but remains relatively low across the board. Still, several countries have started to hike rates as a pre-emptive move. For China, we expect stable growth and economic development, but also risk from the geopolitical side and from increased regulation in the internet space. Given the 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, trading at a more than 30% discount based on earnings, while the earnings outlook is still improving. And with continued loose monetary policies, high valuations can be sustained for longer.

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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ISINLU2100417026
BloombergROESILG LX
Valoren52188840
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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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