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RobecoSAM Euro SDG Credits C EUR

Index: Bloomberg Euro Aggregate: Corporates
ISIN: LU0940006967
  • Invests in companies that contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • Provides a diversified exposure to the Euro investment grade credit market
  • Disciplined and repeatable investment process and experienced team management
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About this fund

RobecoSAM Euro SDG Credits is an actively managed fund and provides a diversified exposure to the Euro investment grade credit market. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis.The fund's objective is to provide long term capital growth.The portfolio is built on the basis of the eligible investment universe and the relevant SDGs using an internally developed framework about which more information can be obtained via the website www.robeco.com/si. The fund can take some off-benchmark positioning in emerging markets, covered bonds and a limited exposure to high yield bonds.

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -0.77%. The portfolio posted a neutral return last month. The average credit spread of the index was three basis points wider for the month at 87 basis points. The excess return of the European corporate bond market was -0.13%. The yield on 10-year German treasuries moved wider by 9 basis points to a level of -0.11% at the end of the month. Therefore, our underweight risk made a positive contribution. This was offset by our issuer selection, which made a negative return contribution. The largest losses came from UniCredit SpA, Thermo Fisher and CNP Assurances. The fund scores high on the following Sustainable Development Goals: Decent work and Economic growth (SDG 8) positive contributors are names like Cellnex and American Tower. We keep our beta below one, as we have a more cautious view of credit markets.

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Market development

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Credit spreads widened a little bit in October, though the magnitude of the widening and the intra-month spread volatility was small compared to the volatility in government bond markets. Underlying government bond yields are still driven by inflation expectations and by the changed tone of central banks. Third-quarter earnings have been solid for most companies. Though we have seen some disappointments and some companies painted a more cautious outlook. In most cases, these disappointments can be attributed to the current supply side constraints, such as chip shortages. That said, most companies are simply doing fine and even in the auto sector, which is certainly plagued by chip shortages, most companies reported strong earnings. One sector that was under pressure was the real estate sector. US short seller Viceroy accused Adler Real Estate AG of fraud and this dragged down prices of Adler bonds. Some other European real estate companies saw spread widening too. In China, Evergrande has managed to avoid a default so far. However, some smaller companies, such as Fantasia and Modern Land, did default in October.

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Currency policy

The fund only invests in Euro-denominated bonds.

Derivative policy

RobecoSAM Euro SDG Credits make use of derivatives for hedging purposes as well as for investment purposes. These derivatives are very liquid.

Dividend policy

The fund distributes dividend on a quarterly basis. This fund aims to pay a quarterly dividend of 1.00%. The dividends referred to are target dividends and may be subject to change as a result of market conditions.

ESG Integration policy

In the RobecoSAM Euro SDG Credits strategy we look for investments with a positive societal impact, whilst generating healthy financial returns. We define impact as an alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We identify and evaluate the impact that specific credits have on the SDGs, and score all the issuers under coverage of the analyst team. These scores categorize credits as having either a Positive, Neutral, or Negative impact on the SDGs. The scores are then used in a screening process, to define the investable universe that exclude credits with a Negative impact on the SDGs. In addition to the universe screening, our credit analysts integrate ESG factors in their analysis of the companies fundamental credit quality.

Investment policy

RobecoSAM Euro SDG Credits is an actively managed fund and provides a diversified exposure to the Euro investment grade credit market. 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 advances the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by investing in companies whose business models and operational practices are aligned with targets defined by the 17 UN SDGs. The fund integrates ESG (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 engagement. The portfolio is built on the basis of the eligible investment universe and the relevant SDGs using an internally developed framework about which more information can be obtained via the website www.robeco.com/si. The fund can take some off-benchmark positioning in emerging markets, covered bonds and a limited exposure to high yield bonds. The majority of bonds selected will be components of the Benchmark, but bonds 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 and issuers) 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 sustainable objective of the fund.

Risk policy

Risk management is fully embedded in 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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ESG integration policy

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In the RobecoSAM Euro SDG Credits strategy we look for investments with a positive societal impact, whilst generating healthy financial returns. We define impact as an alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We identify and evaluate the impact that specific credits have on the SDGs, and score all the issuers under coverage of the analyst team. These scores categorize credits as having either a Positive, Neutral, or Negative impact on the SDGs. The scores are then used in a screening process, to define the investable universe that exclude credits with a Negative impact on the SDGs. In addition to the universe screening, our credit analysts integrate ESG factors in their analysis of the companies fundamental credit quality.

Expectation of fund manager

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We still believe that humility is called for when assessing our outlook for the next quarters. Aside from the difficulty of making predictions in the current environment, one also wonders about their relevance. Do fundamentals still matter in a world of financial repression, in which monetary and fiscal policymakers set the stage? It seems that markets have downplayed the role of fundamentals for years; one scenario in which the relationship between fundamentals and markets might return is when central banks loosen their grip. The key question for markets is: when will that happen and should we be looking at central bank signaling, the stock of liquidity, the flow of liquidity or even the delta of the flow in liquidity? With valuations stretched and positioning crowded, we think that the market might be vulnerable to the delta of the flow. We still think it is better to be positioned on the cautious side, even if that means that we lose some carry. 'All signs on green' has become the widely shared view for credit, and as a contrarian investor that is a red flag to us. This is a market that no longer compensates for tail risks and which is vulnerable to negative surprises.

Peter Kwaak, Jan Willem de Moor
Peter Kwaak, Jan Willem de Moor

Peter Kwaak, Jan Willem de Moor

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. Mr. de Moor is a Senior Portfolio Manager and a member of the Credit team. Prior to joining Robeco in 2005, Mr. de Moor was employed by SBA Artsenpensioenfondsen as Senior Portfolio Manager Equities for six years. Before that, he worked at SNS Asset Management holding positions of Portfolio Manager Equities (three years) and Research Analyst (two years). Jan Willem de Moor started his career in the Investment Industry in 1994. He holds a Master's degree in Economics from Tilburg University.

Team

The RobecoSAM Euro SDG Credits fundis 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.

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Investors outside Luxembourg are subject to their national tax regime applying to foreign investment funds. We advise individual investors to contact their financial or fiscal adviser regarding their specific fiscal situation.

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