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RobecoSAM Euro SDG Credits IH CHF

Index: Bloomberg Euro Aggregate: Corporates
ISIN: LU1395477489
  • 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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RobecoSAM Euro SDG Credits IH CHF

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -0.29%. The portfolio posted a return that was negative in December. Credit spreads tightened, generating a positive excess return versus government bonds, but this return was more than offset by an increase in underlying government bond yields. The index excess return of corporate bonds over underlying government bonds was 0.81% in December, as credit spreads ended the month at 95 basis points, 13 basis points lower than at the end of November. The performance of the portfolio lagged that of the index; the portfolio benefited less from the spread tightening because of the fairly cautious beta positioning. Even though spreads widened quite a bit in November, we decided to still aim for an underweight beta positioning. To benefit from the widening of swap spreads we entered a trade where we are long 5-year European swap spreads, even though this means that the portfolio beta rose a little bit during the month. The contribution of issuer selection was positive last month. The largest contributors, on a risk-adjusted basis, were Deutsche Bank, Accor, NN Group and Booking Holdings. Negative contributions came from Telefónica, Cellnex and BCP.

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Market development

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Credit spreads tightened rapidly in the first week of December, reversing part but not all of the November spread widening. European swap spreads still trade at a relatively wide level, which we think can be attributed to technical factors, like a shortage of high-quality collateral (German government bonds) and year-end effects. That means that higher swap spreads are an important factor explaining why credit spreads versus government bonds have not fully recovered yet. Concerns about the latest Covid wave in Europe and worries around the new Omicron variant are still playing a role. Negative headlines were followed by positive news stories, determining short-term sentiment on capital markets. Central banks seem to be undistracted by the latest Covid wave, as they are gradually becoming less accommodative. The Bank of England surprised the market by raising interest rates in its December meeting. The Federal Reserve confirmed that it will speed up tapering and signaled that it envisions three rate hikes for 2022. The ECB seems to be least in a hurry to become more hawkish, though the bank confirmed that net PEPP bond purchases will end in March 2022.

Fund allocation

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Currency policy

All currency risks are hedged.

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 does not distribute dividend. The fund retains any income that is earned and so its entire performance is reflected in its share price.

ESG Integration policy

The fund’s sustainable investment objective is to advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDG and sustainability considerations are incorporated in the investment process by the means of a target universe, exclusions and ESG integration. 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. 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'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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Sustainability

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The fund’s sustainable investment objective is to advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDG and sustainability considerations are incorporated in the investment process by the means of a target universe, exclusions and ESG integration. 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. 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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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. On top of that, we have seen a widening in credit spreads. Still, we think there are also many risk factors that are not sufficiently priced in yet, like geopolitical risks around Russia, the growth impact of the Chinese real estate meltdown, and emerging market volatility in general. 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.

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 0.01% 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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