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Robeco Sustainable Global Stars Equities Fund

Index: MSCI World Index (Net Return, EUR)
ISIN: NL0000289783
  • Concentrated portfolio
  • Focuses on companies with a high return on invested capital and strong free cash flow
  • Applies a disciplined approach to valuating companies, sustainability is an integral part of the valuation
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About this fund

Robeco Sustainable Global Stars Equities Fund is an actively managed fund that invests in stocks in developed 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 of stocks with the highest potential value growth. Stocks are selected on the basis of high free cash flow, an attractive return on invested capital and a constructive sustainability profile. The Fund aims at selecting stocks with relatively low environmental footprints compared to stocks with high environmental footprints.

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -3.36%. In April, our strategy outperformed relative to the benchmark. Strong stock picking in healthcare, financials, energy and information technology added most to performance, but was somewhat offset by weaker performance in consumer staples and real estate. Overall, we continue to have a relatively decent relative performance, while absolute returns for the year are depressed. The main contributor to performance was Eli Lilly, which reported encouraging data on a new diabetes-related medicine. We also saw very good results from our holdings in the MCO space, where both Anthem and UnitedHealth reported very decent results. On the negative side, we were hit last month by negative contributions from Alphabet, which reported slightly disappointing YouTube advertisement growth numbers, and Sony Corp, mostly due to the fact that the Japanese yen has come under significant pressure.

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Market development

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Markets continued to be very volatile again in April. As we have now entered the results season, there have been quite mixed reactions to results, with investors scrutinizing the ability of companies to withstand inflationary pressures and the ability to avoid issues due to continued supply chain issues related to shipments from China. We have continued to see healthcare and other more defensive sectors such as utilities and staples continue to perform strongly, while other consumer-related sectors such as consumer discretionary, communication services and technology stocks have been under severe pressure, with the Nasdaq recording one of its worst months ever with a decline of over 13%.

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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 distributes dividend on an annual basis. The fund's policy aims at realizing as the maximum possible capital growth within the pre-set risk limits. A high dividend return is therefore not a separate objective.

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 Global Stars Equities Fund is an actively managed fund that invests in stocks in developed 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 E&S (i.e. Environmental and Social) characteristics within the meaning of Article 8 of the European Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation, integrating sustainability risks in the investment process and applying Robeco’s Good Governance policy. The fund applies sustainability indicators, including but not limited to, normative, activity-based and region-based exclusions, proxy voting,and aims for an improved environmental footprint. The fund has a concentrated portfolio of stocks with the highest potential value growth. Stocks are selected on the basis of high free cash flow, an attractive return on invested capital and a constructive sustainability profile. The Fund is not constrained by a Benchmark but the Fund may use a benchmark for comparison purposes. The Benchmark is used as a reference for comparison of the performance. 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 can deviate substantially from the issuer, country and sector weightings of the Benchmark. There are no restrictions on the deviation from 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 in 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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Robeco data based on Trucost data. *
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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 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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We have become more cautious on our outlook for developed market equities, as macro risks have clearly increased. Global economic growth is slowing down significantly and we think that the possibility of an economic recession in parts of the world is rising. We also see consumer strength moderating and especially consumer sentiment has turned outright bearish. At this stage we do have to prepare for a scenario where the economic spillover from the invasion of Ukraine is more severe than previously thought. We think that there will be overall demand destruction from surging inflation. We also must not forget about Covid just yet, with several strict lockdowns in China resurfacing once again. All in all, despite valuations having reached more normalized levels, we remain more cautious near term, given ongoing inflation concerns and the impact on equity fund flows from broader geopolitical uncertainty. Our strategy has firmed up on our quality exposure so as to navigate the current environment as well as possible.

Michiel Plakman CFA, Chris Berkouwer
Michiel Plakman CFA, Chris Berkouwer

Michiel Plakman CFA, Chris Berkouwer

Michiel Plakman is Lead Portfolio Manager and member of the Global Equity team. He is responsible for fundamental global equities with a focus on Information Technology, Real Estate and portfolio construction. He has been in this role since 2009. Previously, he was responsible for managing the Robeco IT Equities fund within the TMT team. Prior to joining Robeco in 1999, he worked as a Portfolio Manager Japan at Achmea Global Investors (PVF Pensioenen). From 1995 to 1996 he was Portfolio Manager European Equities at KPN Pension Fund. He holds a Master's in Econometrics from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and he is a CFA® charterholder. Chris Berkouwer is a Portfolio Manager for Robeco’s Sustainable Global Stars Equities strategy. His focus is on companies in the sectors industrials, energy & materials. He joined Robeco in 2010. Prior to that, he worked as an analyst for the The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies. At Robeco he conducted country, industry and company studies for various equity teams. He a holds Master's in Business Administration and International Public Management from the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

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ISINNL0000289783
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The fund is established in the Netherlands. The fund is managed as a 'naamloze vennootschap' (public limited company). The fund has the status of 'fiscal investment institution' in the sense of article 28 of the Dutch Corporate-Income Tax Act 1969, and, as such, is taxed at a corporate-income tax rate of 0%.The fund is obliged to pay out the realized current income in the form of dividend within 8 months after the end of the financial year. From 1 January 2007 the fund withholds Dutch dividend tax at a rate of 15% from these dividend payments. The fund can in principle use the Dutch treaty network to partially recover any withholding tax on its income.

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For private investors residing in the Netherlands real interest and dividend income or capital gains received on their investments are not relevant for tax purposes. Participating units held by private investors who are taxpayers in the Netherlands belong in Box 3. If and insofar as an investor's net assets exceed the net wealth exemption limit, said investor is liable from 1 January to pay 1.2% annually on the balance of his or her net assets. Investors residing in the Netherlands may offset the Dutch dividend tax withheld (15% as at 1 January 2007) against their income-tax payment. Investors who are not subject to (exempt from) Dutch corporate-income tax (e.g. pension funds) are not taxed on the achieved result. Dutch tax-exempt bodies may seek a full refund on the 15% dividend tax withheld on dividends (25% prior to 1 January 2007). Interest income is exempt from tax withheld at source. 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 in their tax return. In principle, Dutch bodies that are subject to corporate-income tax may offset the 15% dividend tax withheld on dividends (25% prior to 1 January 2007) against the corporate-income tax and seek a refund of the excess amount. Investors residing outside the Netherlands are subject to their respective national tax regime applying to foreign investment funds. Shareholders who do not pay tax in the Netherlands and who are resident in countries that have a tax treaty with the Netherlands to prevent double taxation, may seek a refund for part of the Dutch dividend tax from the Dutch tax authorities, depending on the treaty. As of 1 January 2007, a pension fund having its registered office in another EU member state is also entitled to a dividend-tax refund in the Netherlands. The above is based on the current fiscal legislation and regulation.

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