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RobecoSAM Global SDG Credits CH USD

Index: Bloomberg Global Aggregate Corporates Index
ISIN: LU1811861514
  • Uses a proprietary SDG measurement framework to select companies that contribute positively to the SDGs, excludes those that do the opposite.
  • Offers diversified exposure to global investment grade credits, while optimizing the risk-return profile through off-benchmark high yield and emerging credit opportunities.
  • Aims to outperform the Bloomberg Global Aggregate Corporates Index over the full credit cycle.
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About this fund

RobecoSAM Global SDG Credits is an actively managed fund that invests in corporate bonds in the global developed and emerging markets. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to provide long term capital growth.The fund invests at least two-thirds of its total assets in non-government bonds (which may include contingent convertible bonds (also "coco" bonds)) and similar non-government fixed income securities and asset backed securities from all around the world. The fund will not invest into assets with a rating lower than "B-" by at least one of the recognized rating agencies. The portfolio is built on the basis of the eligible investment universe and an internally developed SDG framework for mapping and measuring SDG contributions, about which more information can be obtained via the website www.robeco.com/si.

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -0.05%. The Global Aggregate Corporate Bond Index returned 0.07% (hedged to EUR) last month. The credit spread on the Bloomberg Global Aggregate Corporate Bond Index widened from 135 basis points to 144 basis points. Ten-year yields rose for Germany to 1.12% and the US yields tightened slightly lower to 2.85%.The fund underperformed the benchmark by -0.25%. The top-down positioning contributed neutrally. Issuer selection contributed negatively to our performance. We continue to hold a position in swap spreads, where we are long 5-year European swap spreads. The contribution last month was positive, as swap spreads tightened. We see swap spreads continuing to normalize during the next quarter. The biggest movers were (in absolute terms): Cellnex Telecom SA, Carnival Corp and Atlantia SpA (specifically Autostrade bonds).

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Market development

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The month of May was marked by the changing narrative from inflation risks to growth risks, as investors wrestled with ongoing monetary tightening, Covid lockdowns in China and the impact of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. In the US, retailers like Walmart reported weak results and US housing data disappointed. The S&P 500 reached bear market levels, before recovering towards the end of the month. Europe continues to struggle with sticky inflation caused by supply constraints and higher commodity prices. Oil prices rose after China eased Covid restrictions and EU leaders reached a deal that would ban the majority of oil imports from Russia. Russia has cut off the gas deliveries to certain European countries. The market has started to price in more than four hikes by December for the ECB. In May, the Fed hiked for the first time by 50 bps since 2000. US credit spreads tightened 7 bps to 121 bps, but with an intra-month peak at 141 bps. European credit spreads widened 11 bps to 162 bps, with an intra-month peak at 170 bps.

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Currency policy

All currency risks are hedged.

Derivative policy

The fund make use of derivatives for hedging purposes as well as for investment purposes.

Dividend policy

This share class of the fund will distribute dividend.

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. Financially material ESG factors are integrated in the bottom-up security analysis to assess the impact 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 Global SDG Credits is an actively managed fund that invests in corporate bonds in the global developed and emerging markets. 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 aims to advance 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 and 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 also aims to provide long term capital growth. The fund invests at least two-thirds of its total assets in non-government bonds (which may include contingent convertible bonds (also "coco" bonds) and similar non-government fixed income securities and asset backed securities from all around the world. The fund will not invest into assets with a rating lower than "B-" by at least one of the recognized rating agencies. The portfolio is built on the basis of the eligible investment universe and an internally developed SDG framework for mapping and measuring SDG contributions, about which more information can be obtained via the website www.robeco.com/si.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) 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. Financially material ESG factors are integrated in the bottom-up security analysis to assess the impact 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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Making an economic assessment was difficult even before the escalation of the Russia-Ukraine crisis, given the distortion in many data series after two years of Covid. This was why we entitled our previous Credit Quarterly Outlook 'Imperfect information and imperfect foresight'. With the conflict in Ukraine, higher oil prices and further supply chain disruptions, it is clear that an even wider set of possibilities has to be assessed for fundamentals. If anything, downside risks to the economy have risen materially and recession risk is now openly debated. Looking at monetary policy, the main worry we have is that developed market central banks are behind the curve. We think the Fed made a clear policy mistake by starting this tightening cycle too late. The key risks here are higher-than-anticipated hikes in the coming months, and inflation that not only lasts longer but peaks at higher levels. It is clear that central banks will continue their tightening paths, for instance by reducing the amount of corporate bond buying in Europe. We aim for a portfolio beta that is closer to one, and we prefer European risk over US risk, on account of the Ukraine premium.

Victor Verberk, Reinout Schapers
Victor Verberk, Reinout Schapers

Victor Verberk, Reinout Schapers

Victor Verberk is CIO Fixed Income and Sustainability and Portfolio Manager Investment Grade Credits. Prior to joining Robeco in 2008, Victor was CIO at Holland Capital Management. Before that, he was Head of Fixed Income at MN Services and Portfolio Manager Credits at AXA Investment Managers. He has been active in the industry since 1997. Victor holds a Master’s in Business Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam and he is a Certified European Financial Analyst. Reinout Schapers is Portfolio Manager Global & Emerging Credits in the Robeco Credit team. Prior to joining Robeco in 2011, Reinout worked at Aegon Asset Management where he was a Head of European High Yield. Before that, he worked at Rabo Securities as an M&A Associate and at Credit Suisse First Boston as an Analyst Corporate Finance. Reinout has been active in the industry since 2003. He holds a Master's in Architecture from the Delft University of Technology.

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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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