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Robeco High Yield Bonds IEH USD

Index: Bloomberg US Corporate High Yield + Pan Euro HY ex Financials 2.5% Issuer Cap
ISIN: LU0716562250
  • Managed with a conservative approach
  • Disciplined and repeatable investment process
  • Experienced team management
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About this fund

Robeco High Yield Bonds is an actively managed fund that invests in high yield corporate bonds. The selection of these bonds is mainly based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to provide long-term capital growth. The fund invests in corporate bonds with a sub-investment grade rating, issued primarily by issuers from developed markets (Europe/US). The portfolio is broadly diversified, with a structural bias towards the higher rated part in high yield. Performance drivers are the top-down beta positioning as well as bottom-up issuer selection.

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Robeco High Yield Bonds IEH USD

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -0.90%. The high yield bond index had a negative total return in December at 0.88% on the back of wider spreads in combination with wider underlying rates. The latter driven by mild concerns around the Fed's future rate hike policy, as CPI numbers were softer than expected but Powell indicated not to be done yet. The fund outperformed its benchmark this month. The fund delivered a strong outperformance year-to-date, which is now over 300 bps. The outperformance was mainly on the back of issuer selection, as beta policy was more or less flat for the month. Our quality bias made a large positive contribution for the month, as we saw an increase in dispersion. We also benefited from our regional overweight in Europe versus the US, as European spreads moved tighter versus wider US spreads. No big outliers on an issuer level. We gained a few bps due to our overweight positions in Olympus Water, SPCM, Crown Cork and Spectrum Brands. On the other hand, we lost some bps due to our overweights in Kloeckner, CSC and B&G Foods. The largest gainers for the year are not owning Bausch and Carvana, both adding more than 20 bps to performance.

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Market development

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The last month of the year was a month of two halves for the high yield market. US economic data was mixed, with cooler-than-expected inflation data, but strong labor markets and increased housing market pressures. This downward surprise in the US CPI that caused spread markets to rally in the first weeks was countered by a hawkish surprise from the Fed and ECB. Both central banks stepped down to 50 bps hikes in December, but remained hawkish in their signaling for 2023. Markets picked this up as negative and spreads again moved wider. The Bank of Japan also surprised with an announcement that it was adjusting its yield curve control policy. Weak economic data reinforced recession and default fears in the market and we saw the ongoing trend of decompression increasing. Another driver for markets came from China. There we saw relaxation of its zero-Covid policy, creating some expectations of demand coming back online. The initial reaction from the ground was muted as people now fear going out the door. High yield issuance totaled USD 2.3 bln in December, which was the second-lightest primary volume of the past four years. Spreads and yields widened 14 and 33 bps respectively.

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Currency policy

All currency risks are hedged.

Derivative policy

Robeco High Yield Bonds make use of derivatives for hedging purposes as well as for investment purposes. These derivatives are very liquid.

Dividend policy

In principle, the fund will distribute dividend annually.

ESG Integration policy

The fund incorporates sustainability in the investment process via exclusions, ESG integration, a minimum allocation to ESG-labeled bonds, and engagement. 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. In the credit selection the fund limits exposure to issuers with an elevated sustainability risk profile. Furthermore, the fund invests at least 2% in green, social, sustainable, and/or sustainability-linked bonds. Lastly, where issuers are flagged for breaching international standards in the ongoing monitoring, the issuer will become subject to engagement.

Investment policy

Robeco High Yield Bonds is an actively managed fund that invests in high yield corporate bonds. The selection of these bonds is mainly based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to provide long-term capital growth. The fund promotes E&S (i.e. Environmental and Social) characteristics within the meaning of Article 8 of the European Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation, integrates sustainability risks 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, and engagement. The fund invests in corporate bonds with a sub-investment grade rating, issued primarily by issuers from developed markets (Europe/US). The portfolio is broadly diversified, with a structural bias towards the higher rated part in high yield. Performance drivers are the top-down beta positioning as well as bottom-up issuer selection. The majority of bonds selected will be components of the benchmark, but bonds outside the Benchmark index 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, while still controlling relative risk through the application of limits (on currencies and issuers) to the extent of the 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 ESG characteristics promoted by the fund.

Risk policy

Risk management is fully embedded in the investment process to ensure that positions always meet predefined guidelines.

Expectation of fund manager

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Our base case is that the US as well as Europe will experience a recession in 2023. Although we expect the recessions to play out to be mutually reinforcing, the root cause will be different. The US is likely to experience a classic boom-bust cycle, whereas the European recession will be driven largely by an energy supply shock. As the probability of a recession rises and becomes part of the consensus view, market dispersion will increase. The lower-quality end of the credit spectrum is likely to see an increased default rate, while the higher end could benefit from lower rates and a flight to quality. Once a recession is fully priced in and spreads reach their own peak, that would be the time to go outright long, even in high yield. Typically, that point is reached well before default rates have peaked. The Fed and the ECB are determined to keep monetary policy tight until they see confirmation that inflation will reach their target. The good news is that inflation has started to moderate, which means the end of the hiking cycle is in sight. But that does not mean the Fed is anywhere close to cutting rates. Beta has decreased a bit as valuations have moved to long-term averages.

Sander Bus, Roeland Moraal
Sander Bus, Roeland Moraal

Sander Bus, Roeland Moraal

Sander Bus is Co-Head of the Credit team and Lead Portfolio Manager Global High Yield Bonds. He has been dedicated to High Yield at Robeco since 1998. Previously, Sander worked for two years as a Fixed Income Analyst at Rabobank where he started his career in the industry in 1996. He holds a Master's in Financial Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam and he is a CFA® charterholder. Roeland Moraal is Lead Portfolio Manager European High Yield in the Credit team. Before assuming this role, he was Portfolio Manager in the Robeco Duration team and worked as an Analyst with the Institute for Research and Investment Services. Roeland started his career in the industry in 1997. He holds a Master's in Applied Mathematics from the University of Twente and a Master’s in Law from Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Team

The Robeco High Yield fund is managed within Robeco’s credit team, which consists of nine portfolio managers and twenty-three credit 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 three dedicated quantitative researchers and four 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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ISINLU0716562250
BloombergRHYIEHU LX
Valoren14453602
WKNA1JX7Y
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1st quotation date1327622400000
Close financial year31-12
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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.

Fiscal treatment of investor

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.

Regulation S Disclosure

The Robeco Capital Growth Funds have not been registered under the United States Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, nor the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended. None of the shares may be offered or sold, directly or indirectly in the United States or to any US Person. A US Person is defined as (a) any individual who is a citizen or resident of the United States for federal income tax purposes; (b) a corporation, partnership or other entity created or organized under the laws of or existing in the United States; (c) an estate or trust the income of which is subject to United States federal income tax regardless of whether such income is effectively connected with a United States trade or business.