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Robeco Sustainable Global Stars Equities IL USD

Index: MSCI World Index (Net Return, USD)
ISIN: LU2080584019
  • Concentrated portfolio
  • Focuses on companies with a high return on invested capital
  • Applies a disciplined approach to valuating companies
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About this fund

Robeco Sustainable Global Stars Equities 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 growth which 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 2.92%. In March, our strategy outperformed relative to the benchmark. Strong stock picking in healthcare, consumer discretionary and communication services added most to performance, but was somewhat offset by weaker performance in financials, real estate and industrials. The main positive contributor to performance was AGCO, an American farm equipment maker benefiting from rising soft commodity prices, boding well for further farmer spending in an already sold-out market. Another strong performer has been Eli Lilly, helped by pending approvals for highly promising products, while also being seen as a quality safe haven largely unaffected by broader macro worries. On a similar note, AstraZeneca also performed strongly again in March, as it is seen as a high-quality defensive stock to own in this uncertain environment. On the flipside, however, our holding in consumer finance play Capital One suffered amid rising concerns of credit normalization and a more uncertain outlook for the US consumer. We also had a detraction in performance from Bank of America, with the market interpreting the US yield curve inversion as a potential signal for an economic recession.

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Market development

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Despite headlines around Ukraine alternating between hope and fear, global equity markets slowly started their way up again in March. Since the war started, sector performance unsurprisingly tilted in favor of healthcare, which is not directly impacted by consumer or inflationary exposure. Energy and mining performed strongly too, obviously benefiting from the underlying commodity moves. Meanwhile, in the US we saw the 2s10s yield curve inverting, meaning short-term interest rates exceed long-term rates, which is typically a warning signal for economic trouble ahead. However, other economic indicators do not point to an imminent recession, with equity markets actually rising as economic expansion still carries on for some time. Moreover, the EU 2s10s yield curve steepened, as inflation is pushing up longer end yields, with the ECB more focused on trimming QE before hiking rates. Finally, China reminded us that Covid worries should not be dismissed entirely, again adhering to a strict zero-Covid policy in several major cities, presenting risk to its growth outlook.

Fund allocation

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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

The fund does not distribute dividend. The fund retains any income that is earned and so its entire performance is 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 Global Stars Equities 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 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 has a concentrated portfolio of stocks with the highest potential growth which 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. 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 currencies) 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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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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Robeco data based on Trucost 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 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 a more cautious outlook for developed market equities, as macro risks have clearly increased. Even though the Omicron wave is dissipating and we might be close to peak supply chain constraints, the heightened geopolitical risks associated with the Russia/Ukraine conflict are likely to have negative ripple effects on global growth. This might urge central banks to actually walk back on their policy normalization path and delay fast, steep rate hikes to avoid a concerning 'stagflation' scenario. Despite valuations coming down in recent weeks, we are 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 best 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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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.

Fiscal treatment of investor

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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