Robeco Sustainable European Stars Equities D EUR

Index: MSCI Europe Index TRN
ISIN: LU0187077218
  • A sustainable core allocation strategy — Characteristics of a core strategy with risk benefits in down markets.
  • High conviction — Follows a research-driven, performance-oriented investment process reflected in a high active share, low turnover and asset selection as the single main contributor to active risk.
  • Improved environmental footprint — Avoids the most polluting companies while not excluding entire industries. Generates a positive impact across GHG emissions, energy usage, water consumption and waste generation.
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About this fund

Robeco Sustainable European Stars Equities is an actively managed fund. The Strategy is based on the core conviction that sustainable companies will outperform over the long run and that the sustainability impact is under-researched, under-appreciated, and ultimately mispriced by capital markets. The Strategy combines proprietary ESG research and analysis within a disciplined and proprietary investment framework to determine a company’s intrinsic value. Our rigorous valuation approach takes advantage of market mis-pricing, leading to a concentrated portfolio of attractively-valued, high quality stocks with a higher potential to outperform the benchmark across environmental and financial metrics. An in-house Sustainability Investing (SI) research team integrates financially-material sector and company-specific sustainability analysis into investment cases.

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Market development

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After a positive start to 2021, January performance turned from green to red for European equities as the market declined -2.7% in the last week of January, bringing the YTD performance down to -0.8%. Information technology (+2.3%), energy (+2.0%) and materials (+1.0) posted gains, while financials and real estate were down to almost mid-single digits. Expectations and valuation remain high, growth momentum is slowing, vaccine rollout is patchy and retail exuberance is unsettling. Corporate Q4 2020 earnings are supportive, as cyclical recovery is on track and earnings base effects are turning positive.The volatility seen in the equity markets can be unsettling. However, our role as investors is to ascertain whether there are real changes in underlying fundamental outlooks or rather newly surfacing narratives as the appetite for yield moves markets into higher risk themes. We firmly believe the latter is happening and would treat such periods more as an opportunity than a threat, even if the potential for heightened volatility may persist a little longer.

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Sustainability Themed Fund

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

The fund does not distribute dividend; any income earned is retained, and so the fund's entire performance is reflected in its share price.

ESG Integration policy

Robeco Sustainable European 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

Our investment philosophy is grounded in the core belief that the integration of ESG factors into a disciplined, research-driven investment process leads to better-informed investment decisions and better risk-adjusted returns through an economic cycle.

Risk policy

Risk management is fully integrated into the investment process to ensure that positions always meet predefined guidelines.

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The fund's strategy aims to make investments in high-quality companies with sustainable, differentiated business models taking a full-cycle view. Given that approach, we'd expect the fund to show its full strength when returns of individual stocks start to materially differ due to less overall market support. The fund's positions tend to be less driven by assumptions on general market trends, but much more by company-specific qualities that are likely to endure in both positive and negative environments. Driven by expected business resilience and comparably moderate valuations, our key convictions can give some comfort in volatile times.

Mathias Büeler, CFA, Oliver Girakhou, MBA
Mathias Büeler, CFA, Oliver Girakhou, MBA

Mathias Büeler, CFA, Oliver Girakhou, MBA

Mathias Büeler is the Senior Portfolio Manager responsible for the RobecoSAM Sustainable European Equities Strategy as well as serving as a Senior Equity Analyst covering the Financials and Consumer Discretionary Sector. Prior to joining, Mathias Büeler worked as a sell-side equity analyst at Kepler Capital Markets for more than four years, covering Swiss banks and diversified financials. Previously, he was Head of Product Management Structured Products at Man Investments for two and a half years. Mathias Büeler holds a Master of Arts majoring in Business Administration from the University of Zurich and is a CFA chartholder. He joined RobecoSAM in 2011. Oliver Girakhou is a Portfolio Manager responsible for managing the Robeco Sustainable European Stars Equities Strategy. He covers and leads the research in the Materials, Industrials and Energy industries within the Team. Prior to joining RobecoSAM, he spent 6 years at Credit Agricole – Cheuvreux (later KeplerCheuvreux) as a sell-side equity analyst covering European industrial companies. He also gained first-hand business experience as an business analyst at the BMW Group where he worked in the China Strategy Department. Oliver earned his Master’s degree in Social and Economic Science from Vienna University’s School of Economics and Business Administration, and his MBA from ESCP Europe. He joined RobecoSAM in 2014.


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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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