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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 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 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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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was 0.50%. The portfolio posted a positive return for the month. The euro corporate index spread tightened 4 bps to 221 bps at the end of the month. As a result, the European corporate credit market outperformed versus government bonds with an excess return of +0.39%. The total return was reduced somewhat by underlying government bond yields, which moved slightly higher. German 10-year treasury yields widened 4 bps to 2.14% at the end of the month.The portfolio outperformed its benchmark index. Our credit beta policy made a small positive contribution to performance, as the beta was slightly above one, while credit outperformed treasuries. Issuer selection made a large positive contribution. Several positions in the banking sector (Rabobank, Deutsche Bank, Intesa) contributed positively, as did rising stars like Autostrade per I'Italia and Netflix. The long position in swap spreads contributed positively, as swap spreads tightened this month.

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Market development

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The euro corporate index spread tightened 4 bps to 221 bps at the end of the month. As a result, the European corporate credit market outperformed versus government bonds with an excess return of +0.39%. The total return was reduced somewhat by underlying government bond yields, which moved slightly higher. German 10-year treasury yields widened 4 bps to 2.14% at the end of the month.In October, most credit markets globally delivered positive excess returns. Credit spreads were stable in investment grade, while high yield spreads tightened, especially in the US. Markets were quite volatile, as the ECB and Federal Reserve continued to raise interest rates. At the same time, markets were hoping for a "Fed pivot" based on the assumption that inflation and yields have reached peak levels, and could ease going forward. The latest FOMC statement on 2 November was initially read as positive by markets. During the press conference it became clear that Powell remained hawkish, saying it was premature to talk about pausing. As a result, treasury yields moved sharply higher again.

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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

Sustainability is incorporated in the investment process by the means of a target universe, exclusions, ESG integration, and a minimum allocation to ESG-labeled bonds. The fund solely invests in credits issued by companies with a positive or neutral impact on the SDGs. The impact of issuers on the SDGs is determined by applying Robeco's internally developed three-step SDG Framework. The outcome is a quantified contribution expressed as an SDG score, considering both the contribution to the SDGs (positive, neutral or negative) and the extent of this contribution (high, medium or low). In addition, the fund does not invest in credit issuers that are in breach of international norms or where activities have been deemed detrimental to society following Robeco's exclusion policy. ESG factors are integrated in the bottom-up security analysis to assess the impact of financially material ESG risk on the issuer's fundamental credit quality. Furthermore, the fund invests at least 10% in green, social, sustainable, and/or sustainability-linked bonds. Lastly, where a credit issuer is flagged for breaching international standards in the ongoing monitoring, the issuer will become subject to exclusion.

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 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 Governance) factors in the investment process, applies Robeco’s Good Governance policy. The fund applies sustainability indicators, including but not limited to normative, activity-based and region-based exclusions. 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. 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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Sustainability

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Sustainability is incorporated in the investment process by the means of a target universe, exclusions, ESG integration, and a minimum allocation to ESG-labeled bonds. The fund solely invests in credits issued by companies with a positive or neutral impact on the SDGs. The impact of issuers on the SDGs is determined by applying Robeco's internally developed three-step SDG Framework. The outcome is a quantified contribution expressed as an SDG score, considering both the contribution to the SDGs (positive, neutral or negative) and the extent of this contribution (high, medium or low). In addition, the fund does not invest in credit issuers that are in breach of international norms or where activities have been deemed detrimental to society following Robeco's exclusion policy. ESG factors are integrated in the bottom-up security analysis to assess the impact of financially material ESG risk on the issuer's fundamental credit quality. Furthermore, the fund invests at least 10% in green, social, sustainable, and/or sustainability-linked bonds. Lastly, where a credit issuer is flagged for breaching international standards in the ongoing monitoring, the issuer will become subject to exclusion.

Expectation of fund manager

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The age of confusion has started. Inflection points in the business cycle, the monetary cycle as well as some secular cycles around demographics and geopolitics make the current period confusing to analyze. For now, we believe that the business cycle has to unwind a little further, there is a risk that central banks will overreact and the market, in general, is not yet priced for a full-blown recession. Recent comments from Fed Chair Powell that they will "keep at it" make clear that inflation remains a key factor. European credit spreads have widened a bit further and we see several pockets of value in both corporates and financials. There are opportunities where recession risk is priced in, and where the carry offers significant downside protection. We are constructive on European swap spreads, which had widened to extreme levels. Compared to the US, Europe clearly faces more macro risk, given the energy crisis and the war in Ukraine. This is reflected in spreads, as Europe trades really cheaply compared to history, while US investment grade spreads look only average at best.

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

Peter Kwaak, Jan Willem de Moor

Peter Kwaak is Portfolio Manager Investment Grade in the Credit team. Prior to joining Robeco in 2005, he was Portfolio Manager Credits at Aegon Asset Management for three years and at NIB Capital for two years. Peter has been active in the industry since 1998. He holds a Master’s in Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam and he is a CFA® charterholder. Jan Willem de Moor is Portfolio Manager Investment Grade in the Credit team. Prior to joining Robeco in 2005, he worked at the Dutch Medical professionals’ pension fund as an Equity Portfolio Manager and at SNS Asset Management as an Equity Portfolio Manager. Jan Willem has been active in the industry since 1994. He holds a Master's 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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