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RobecoSAM Climate Global Credits DH USD

Index: Solactive Paris Aligned Global Corporate Index
ISIN: LU2258387989
  • At the forefront of the transition to a low-carbon economy in line with the Paris Agreement
  • Contrarian investment style that harvests opportunities from behavioral biases in the market
  • Part of a successful global credit capability run by highly experienced team
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About this fund

RobecoSAM Climate Global Credits is an actively managed fund that invests mainly in nongovernment bonds all around the world. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to provide long term capital growth.The fund invests mainly in nongovernment bonds (which may include contingent convertible bonds (also “coco” bonds) and similar nongovernment fixed income securities and asset backed securities from all around the world. The carbon footprint reduction objective will be aligned with the Solactive Paris Aligned Global Corporate Index.

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RobecoSAM Climate Global Credits DH USD

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -0.06%. The Solactive Paris Aligned Global Corporate Index returned -0.46% (hedged to EUR). Credit spreads tightened during the month. US 10-year bond yields increased from 1.41% to 1.51%, and German 10-year yields increased by 17 basis points to -0.18%. The fund performed better than the benchmark by 0.41%. The fund's beta was below one during the month, resulting in a negative contribution to performance. This was offset by our issuer selection. The biggest winners came from emerging issuers and materials: Braskem, Fortescue Metals and Suzano. We continue to hold a position in swap spreads. We entered a trade where we are long 5-year European swap spreads. The contribution was small last month, as expected. We see swap spreads normalize during the first quarter of the year.

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Market development

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The last month of the year was calm, as it usually is. Credit spreads reversed the November widening and from there slowly ground tighter. The fear for the Omicron variant that was a key reason for the widening in the previous month, abated. Several studies showed that Omicron appears to be less aggressive than the Delta variant, which in the end is positive. Being in the middle of winter in the northern hemisphere, new spikes in cases resulted in new, albeit milder, lockdowns. The market has grown accustomed to this. Surprisingly, interest rates did not reverse back to the previous highs, despite the fact that inflationary pressure remains. Central banks are winding down their purchase programs, but remain rather dovish in their wording, which could be a reason. However, businesses are feeling the margin pressure coming from increased raw material prices, transportation prices and higher labor costs. Global credit spreads ended the month 8 basis points tighter at 97 basis points. US 10-year interest rates ended the month 7 basis points higher at 1.51%.

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Currency policy

All currency risks are hedged.

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The fund does not distribute a dividend.

ESG Integration policy

The fund’s sustainable investment objective is to contribute to keeping global temperature rise well-below 2°C by reducing the carbon footprint of the fund. Climate change and sustainability considerations are incorporated in the investment process via exclusions, ESG integration and a carbon footprint target. The fund does not invest in companies that are in breach of international norms and applies the activity-based exclusions of Article 12 of the EU regulation on Climate Transition Benchmarks, EU Paris-aligned Benchmarks and sustainability-related disclosures for benchmarks as per Robeco’s exclusion policy. ESG factors, including climate change, are integrated in the bottom-up security analysis to assess the decarbonization potential and the impact of financially material ESG risks on the issuer's fundamental credit quality. In the portfolio construction the fund targets a carbon footprint at least equal to the Solactive Paris Aligned Global Corporate Index. This is to ensure the fund is aligned with the desired decarbonization trajectory of 7% year on year.

Investment policy

RobecoSAM Climate Global Credits is an actively managed fund that invests mainly in nongovernment bonds all around the world. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to provide long term capital growth.The fund has sustainable investment as its objective within the meaning of Article 9 of the European Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation. The fund to keep the maximum global temperature rise well-below 2◦C by reducing the carbon footprint intensity of the portfolio. The fund integrates ESG (i.e. Environmental, Social and corporate Governance) in the investment process, applies an exclusion list basis controversial behavior, products (including controversial weapons, tobacco, palm oil and fossil fuel) while avoiding investment in thermal coal, weapons, military contracting and companies that severely violate labor conditions, next to proxy voting and engagement . The fund invests mainly in nongovernment bonds (which may include contingent convertible bonds (also “coco” bonds) and similar nongovernment fixed income securities and asset backed securities from all around the world. The carbon footprint reduction objective will be aligned with the Solactive Paris Aligned Global Corporate Index.Benchmark: Solactive Paris Aligned Global Corporate Index. The fund is managed against a benchmark that is consistent with the sustainable investment objectives pursued by the fund. It aims to align with the Paris Agreement requirements on greenhouse gas emission reduction. For corporate bonds the Benchmark aims to represent the performance of an investment strategy that is aligned with the technical standards for EU Paris Aligned Benchmarks in areas such as exclusions and carbon reduction objectives. The Benchmark differs from a broad market index in that the latter does not take into account in its methodology any criteria for alignment with the Paris Agreement on greenhouse gas emission reduction and related exclusions.

Risk policy

Risk management is fully embedded in the investment process so as to ensure that the fund's positions remain within set limits at all times.

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Sustainability

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The fund’s sustainable investment objective is to contribute to keeping global temperature rise well-below 2°C by reducing the carbon footprint of the fund. Climate change and sustainability considerations are incorporated in the investment process via exclusions, ESG integration and a carbon footprint target. The fund does not invest in companies that are in breach of international norms and applies the activity-based exclusions of Article 12 of the EU regulation on Climate Transition Benchmarks, EU Paris-aligned Benchmarks and sustainability-related disclosures for benchmarks as per Robeco’s exclusion policy. ESG factors, including climate change, are integrated in the bottom-up security analysis to assess the decarbonization potential and the impact of financially material ESG risks on the issuer's fundamental credit quality. In the portfolio construction the fund targets a carbon footprint at least equal to the Solactive Paris Aligned Global Corporate Index. This is to ensure the fund is aligned with the desired decarbonization trajectory of 7% year on year.

Expectation of fund manager

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Imperfect information implies imperfect forecasts, which is especially true right now. With so many distorting elements at play, including severe global supply chain disruptions, there are no easy answers in predicting economic growth. As we consider all the evidence around corporate pricing power, policy stimulus and consumer spending behavior, we believe that US and European fundamentals will not be the key driver of credit markets in Q1 2022. The outlook might be more uncertain again, but corporate fundamentals are still strong. We think there are certain risk factors that are not sufficiently priced in yet, like geopolitical risks around Russia and the growth impact of the Chinese real estate meltdown. Central bank activity and communication might cause a bout of risk aversion after years of increased risk taking by asset owners. This means we see plenty of reasons to enter 2022 with a fairly cautious positioning. We aim for a portfolio beta that is below one, though we do see opportunities still in financials, BB-rated credit, Euro swap spreads or Covid-recovery plays. Continued strong fundamentals could result in an above-average amount of rising stars.

Victor Verberk,Reinout Schapers, Peter Kwaak
Victor Verberk,Reinout Schapers, Peter Kwaak

Victor Verberk,Reinout Schapers, Peter Kwaak

Mr. Verberk is Head and Portfolio Manager Investment Grade Credits since January 2008. Prior to joining Robeco in 2008, Mr. Verberk was CIO with Holland Capital Management. Before that he was employed by Mn Services as Head of Fixed Income and he worked for AXA Investment Managers as Portfolio Manager Credits. Victor Verberk started his career in the investment industry in 1997. Mr. Verberk holds a Master's degree in Business Economics from Erasmus University, Rotterdam and has been a CEFA holder since 1999. Mr. Schapers is Portfolio Manager Emerging Market Credits in the Credit team. Prior to joining Robeco in 2011, Reinout worked at Aegon Asset Management for 5 years where he was a senior portfolio manager high yield credits and was Head of High Yield Europe since 2008. Before that, he worked at Rabo Securities as an M&A associate and at Credit Suisse First Boston as a corporate finance analyst. He holds an Engineering degree in Architecture from the Delft University of Technology. He has been active in the industry since 2003. Peter Kwaak is a Senior Portfolio Manager and a member of the Credit team. Prior to joining Robeco in 2005, Mr. Kwaak was employed by Aegon Asset Management for three years as Credits and High Yield Portfolio Manager and at NIB Capital for two years as Portfolio Manager. Peter Kwaak started his career in the Investment Industry in 1998. Mr. Kwaak is a CFA Charterholder and holds a Master's degree in economics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Mr. Kwaak is registered with the Dutch Securities Institute.

Team

The RobecoSAM Climate Global Credits is managed within Robeco’s credit team, which consists of nine portfolio managers and twenty-three credit analysts (of which four financials analysts). The portfolio managers are responsible for the construction and management of the credit portfolios, whereas the analysts cover the team’s fundamental research. Our analysts have long term experience in their respective sectors which they cover globally. Each analyst covers both investment grade and high yield, providing them an information advantage and benefiting from inefficiencies that traditionally exist between the two segmented markets. Furthermore, the credit team is supported by dedicated quantitative researchers and fixed income traders. On average, the members of the credit team have an experience in the asset management industry of seventeen years, of which eight years with Robeco.

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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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