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RobecoSAM Circular Economy Equities F EUR

Index: MSCI World Index TRN
ISIN: LU2092758999
  • Invests in leading companies that address the opportunities created by the paradigm shift in traditional production and consumption patterns toward a circular economy.
  • Focus on innovative solutions in the area of redesign inputs, circular use, enabling technologies and loop resources.
  • Diversified strategy enhanced by proprietary ESG risk considerations, appealing to investors with a horizon of three to five years.
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About this fund

RobecoSAM Circular Economy Equities is an actively managed fund that invests globally in companies aligned with circular economy principles. The selection of these stocks is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to achieve a better return than the index. The strategy integrates sustainability criteria as part of the stock selection process and through a theme-specific sustainability assessment. The portfolio is built on the basis of an eligible investment universe that includes companies whose business models contribute to the thematic investment objectives. The assessment regarding relevant SDGs uses an internally developed framework, more information on which can be obtained at www.robeco.com/si.

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RobecoSAM Circular Economy Equities F EUR

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was 3.38%. In December, the RobecoSAM Circular Economy Equities fund registered a positive performance in the high single digits, slightly lagging the broad global markets. The Redesign Inputs cluster performed best. The biggest positive contributions came from three US housing stocks, which enjoyed some tailwind from good housing start numbers. The manufacturer of wood-to-wood connectors for construction, Simpson Manufacturing, benefited from its pricing power and an expected rebound of sales growth after somewhat mixed third-quarter results. West Fraser Timber and Canfor also benefited from the expected continued strong demand for construction materials. The Loop Resources cluster fared second best, with Cleanaway Waste Management leading the roster. The Australian waste company was finally cleared to acquire some Australian waste businesses from Suez. The Circular Use and Enabling Technology clusters both lagged the other two, but also ended the quarter with a positive performance. The biggest negative performance contributions came from Etsy and Generac, which both corrected on valuation concerns and in the case of the latter also supply chain constraints.

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Market development

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In December, the broad markets recovered from the correction towards the end of the previous month, which was triggered by the emergence of the new Omicron coronavirus variant and fears of new lockdowns. The positive performance also occurred against a background of other concerns already looming for several months. These relate to whether or not inflation is more permanent than expected; rising input and labor costs weighing on the margins of companies that cannot hike up prices in time; and central bank tapering of the money supply. Thus after a short period in which pandemic-related stocks such as vaccines and diagnostics were favored, market participants repositioned themselves, mostly for economic normalization again.In the broad global markets, the consumer staples and utilities sectors performed best, followed by materials. Industrials and healthcare performed roughly in line with the broad market, while consumer discretionary was the only sector with a negative performance in the month. In terms of regional segmentation, European markets significantly outperformed the US. Emerging markets and the Asia-Pacific region lagged behind.

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The fund is allowed to pursue an active currency policy to generate extra returns.

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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

The fund's sustainable investment objective is to finance solutions that support the transition from traditional production and consumption patterns toward a circular economy. Circular economy and sustainability considerations are incorporated in the investment process by the means of a target universe definition, exclusions, ESG integration, and voting. The fund only invests in companies that have a significant thematic fit as per Robeco's thematic universe methodology. Through screening on both Robeco's internally developed SDG Framework and Robeco’s exclusion policy, the fund does not invest in issuers that have a negative impact on the SDGs, are in breach of international norms or where products have been deemed controversial. Financially material ESG factors are integrated in the bottom-up fundamental investment analysis to assess existing and potential ESG risks and opportunities. 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

RobecoSAM Circular Economy Equities is an actively managed fund that invests globally in companies aligned with circular economy principles. 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 sustainable investment as its objective within the meaning of Article 9 of the European Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation. The fund finances solutions that support the paradigm shift to a circular economy, where resources are kept in use for as long as possible, the maximum value is extracted from them whilst in use, and products and materials are then recovered and regenerated at the end of each service. This is done by mainly investing in companies that advance the following UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs): Zero hunger, Good health and well-being, Decent work and economic growth, Industry, innovation and infrastructure, and Responsible consumption and production. Alongside proxy voting and engagement, the fund applies Robeco’s Exclusion Policy of excluding investments in companies exposed to controversial behavior and controversial products (including weapons, tobacco, palm oil, fossil fuel, military contracting, firearms, nuclear power, cannabis, alcohol, gambling, adult entertainment and cannabis). The strategy integrates sustainability criteria as part of the stock selection process and through a theme-specific sustainability assessment. The portfolio is built on the basis of an eligible investment universe that includes companies whose business models contribute to the thematic investment objectives. The assessment regarding relevant SDGs uses an internally developed framework, more information on which can be obtained at www.robeco.com/si. Benchmark: MSCI World Index TRN. The majority of stocks selected will be components of the benchmark, but stocks outside the benchmark may be selected too. While the investment policy is not constrained by a benchmark, the fund may use one for comparison purposes. 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 sustainable objective of the fund.

Risk policy

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

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The SDG score shows to what extent the portfolio and the benchmark contribute to the 17 UN Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs). Scores are assigned to each underlying company using the Robeco SDG Framework, which utilizes a three-step approach to calculate a company’s contribution to the relevant SDGs. The starting point is an assessment of the products offered by a company, followed by the way in which these products are produced, and finally whether the company is exposed to any controversies. The outcome is expressed in a final score which shows the extent to which a company impacts the SDGs on a scale from highly negative (dark red) to highly positive (dark blue). The bar shows the aggregate percentage exposure of the portfolio and the benchmark (shaded) to the different SDG scores. This is then also split out per SDG. As a company can have an impact on several SDGs (or none), the values shown in the report do not sum to 100%. More information on Robeco’s SDG Framework can be found at: https://www.robeco.com/docm/docu-robeco-explanation-sdg-framework.pdf

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The fund's sustainable investment objective is to finance solutions that support the transition from traditional production and consumption patterns toward a circular economy. Circular economy and sustainability considerations are incorporated in the investment process by the means of a target universe definition, exclusions, ESG integration, and voting. The fund only invests in companies that have a significant thematic fit as per Robeco's thematic universe methodology. Through screening on both Robeco's internally developed SDG Framework and Robeco’s exclusion policy, the fund does not invest in issuers that have a negative impact on the SDGs, are in breach of international norms or where products have been deemed controversial. Financially material ESG factors are integrated in the bottom-up fundamental investment analysis to assess existing and potential ESG risks and opportunities. 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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In the face of extraordinary demand in the aftermath of pandemic lockdowns, supply chain shortages and inflationary pressures have developed. We expect these to ease in the course of next year when normalizing consumer spending habits should drive growth. The new, still poorly understood Covid variant creates a new overhang to swift economic normalization. We are excited about the inherent opportunities created by the transition towards the circular economy, which in our view is creating an additional layer of growth opportunities. Companies exposed to this trend are set to benefit, partly from drastically changing consumer preferences for sustainable consumer packaging, better logistics and waste management systems, and/or partly from the full digitalization of legacy business models via digital collaboration platforms. In our view, the secular growth opportunities stemming from the transition to the circular economy have not only withstood the current crisis, but are well positioned to have a head start in the imminent economic recovery.

David Kägi, PhD
David Kägi, PhD

David Kägi, PhD

David Kägi is a Portfolio Manager responsible for managing the RobecoSAM Sustainable Healthy Living Equities strategy. He is also the Portfolio Manager a.i. for the RobecoSAM Circular Economy Equities strategy. Previously, he worked as a Buy-Side analyst covering the global healthcare sector for Bank J. Safra Sarasin in Zurich, first for Private Banking, then for Asset Management. In the last five years, he also managed the Demography Health basket certificate for Bank J. Safra Sarasin. After some years in biomedical research, he started his career in finance as a Healthcare Analyst at the investment company BT&T, followed by a position as an Investment Analyst for private biotechnology companies with Schweizerhall Management AG in Zurich. David holds a Master’s degree in Biochemistry and a PhD in T-cell Immunology both from the ETH Zurich. He joined Robeco in 2019.

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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.

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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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