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Robeco Sustainable Property Equities I EUR

Index: S&P Developed Property Index (Net Return, EUR)
ISIN: LU0234965001
  • Invests in the property sector
  • Selects companies with the best earnings potential
  • Risk limitation through global diversification
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About this fund

Robeco Sustainable Property 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. This fund identifies strong global property trends first. Within these trends the fund aims to select the property companies with the best prospects. Carefully developed models are used to select stocks with good earnings prospects and a reasonable valuation. Discussions with management and business-data analyses are then carried out in order to stringently screen the individual companies. Voting, Engagement, ESG Integration and Robeco's exclusion policy are part of the investment policy.

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Robeco Sustainable Property Equities I EUR

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was 5.80%. Most of the fund's outperformance in March is explained by stock selection within the sub-industries, while the allocation effect was negligible. The top three contributors included REOC's, Diversified Real Estate Activities and office REITs. Stock selection in all segments contributed significantly. Our underweight in German residential landlords explained most of the positive stock selection in the REOC sub-industry. The positive contribution in Diversified Real Estate Activities was mainly driven by an underweight in several of the Japanese developers. On a trend level, PropTech and Lifestyle outperformed, reversing last month's picture. Stock selection in all four trend portfolios was positive, with Lifestyle the main contributor. The positive trend allocation was mainly driven by PropTech, whereas the Prime Office and Retail allocation contributed negatively. In Prime Office, our European holdings Entra and CA Immobilien underperformed. Top performers included our overweight positions in Extra Space, Prologis and Essex Property. All three companies have reported strong Q4 numbers and guidance, while underlying rental trends remain strong and supported by inflationary pressures.

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Market development

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Markets rebounded in March despite rising (commodity) inflation numbers, the first Fed rate hike since 2018 and the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Inflation soared to historical highs, reaching almost 8% over the past year in the US. The Fed must now battle both commodity inflation pressures and post-Covid demand-led inflation pressures. The 2/10-year, 5/10-year and 5/30-year curves inverted, fueling thoughts that the global economy is headed for a recession. The US BBB yield spread remained basically unchanged at 157 basis points. The yield spread between US REITs and corporates has remained ticked up to +2 bps at the end of the month. On an absolute level, US REITs' financing costs have risen by over 150 bps. Financing costs have turned from a tailwind into a neutral for the real estate sector.

Fund allocation

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Currency policy

The fund can engage in currency hedging transactions.

Dividend policy

The fund does not distribute dividend. The income earned by the fund is reflected in its share price. The fund's entire result is thus reflected in its share price development.

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 Property Equities is an actively managed fund investing in equities from developed countries around the world. The selection of these stocks is based on a 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.This fund is the first to identify strong global trends in the real estate sector. Within these trends, this fund focuses on companies with the best prospects in the sector. The fund managers use carefully developed models to choose stocks with good earnings expectations and reasonable valuation. The fund aims at selecting stocks with relatively low environmental footprints compared to stocks with high environmental footprints. The investment policy is not constrained by a benchmark but the fund may use a benchmark for comparison purposes. 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 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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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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Commercial real estate fundamentals are strong going into 2022. Developed markets' economies recovered strongly in 2021 and are expected to grow above trend in 2022 as well. Employment growth is strong and labor markets are tight. Historically, employment growth has been a key demand driver of real estate space. With attractive financing costs and a reopening of our society underway, fundamentals are supportive for property stocks. Its attractive yield is even more valuable due to the sector's natural inflation-hedging attributes. Looking at longer-term periods in history, we find that the sector has generated attractive returns versus general equities. Ownership of property assets offers an attractive income stream and the opportunity to benefit from land value appreciation.

Folmer Pietersma, Frank Onstwedder
Folmer Pietersma, Frank Onstwedder

Folmer Pietersma, Frank Onstwedder

Mr. Folmer Pietersma, CeFA, is Portfolio Manager with Robeco and member of the Property Team. Prior to joining Robeco in 2007, Folmer worked at ABN AMRO Asset Management as a financial analyst and started his career in 1998 as a sell side trader at ABN AMRO's wholesale division. Folmer holds a master's degree in Economics from the University of Tilburg. In 2001 he obtained his Master of Financial Analysis' degree (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) and his CEFA registration. Mr. Frank Onstwedder is a member of the Property team. Together with portfolio manager Folmer Pietersma he is the portfolio manager of Robeco Property Equities. Frank worked at NN Investment Partners in The Hague, where he has been head of financials in the global equity research department since 2009. Before that, he was a real estate equities senior portfolio manager at Lehman Brothers Asset Management in Amsterdam. Between 2000 and 2007 he worked at Robeco, where his positions included head of the Pacific team and portfolio manager of the property fund. Between 1998 and 1999 he was an equities portfolio manager at Aegon Investment Management in The Hague. Frank started his career in 1994 as an equities portfolio manager at Robeco. He holds a Master's degree in Econometrics 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.

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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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