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Robeco Sustainable Global Stars Equities Fund

Reference index: MSCI World Index (Net Return, EUR)
ISIN: NL0000289783
  • Concentrated portfolio
  • Focuses on companies with a high return on invested capital and strong free cash flow
  • Applies a disciplined approach to valuating companies, sustainability is an integral part of the valuation
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About this fund

Robeco Sustainable Global Stars Equities Fund invests in stocks in developed countries across the world. The selection of these stocks is based on fundamental analysis. The fund has a concentrated portfolio of stocks with the highest potential value growth. Stocks are selected on the basis of high free cash flow, an attractive return on invested capital and a constructive sustainability profile.

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Market development

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The MSCI world was up slightly in euro terms. The focus was, next to the ongoing trade negotiations, on the quarterly reports. In general, the results came in modestly better than expected. However, they had come down during the quarter so the bar had already been lowered. Healthcare stood out and therefore was the strongest sector in absolute terms. With signs of the trade talks developing positively, long-term interest rates moved up. The most interest rate sensitive sectors such as utilities, real estate and consumer staples underperformed the market as they have a negative correlation with higher rates.

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Sustainability Themed Fund

Currency policy

The fund is allowed to pursue an active currency policy to generate extra returns and can engage in currency hedging transactions.

Dividend policy

In principle the fund distributes dividend on an annual basis. The fund's policy aims at realizing as the maximum possible capital growth within the pre-set risk limits. A high dividend return is therefore not a separate objective.

ESG Integration policy

Robeco Sustainable Global Stars Equities Fund integrates ESG at different stages of the investment process. We use sustainability performance rankings to focus our fundamental analysis on companies that have demonstrated superior sustainability performance compared to their peers. We then analyze the impact of financially material ESG factors to a company’s competitive position and value drivers. We believe that this enhances our ability to understand existing and potential risks and opportunities of a company. If ESG risks and opportunities are significant, the ESG analysis could impact a stock’s fair value and the portfolio allocation decision. Throughout the investment process, we strive for a low environmental impact, as measured by GHG emissions, energy consumption, water use and waste generation, with the aim of realizing 20% better levels than the index. In addition to ESG integration, Robeco conducts proxy voting and engagement activities focused on specific themes, such as climate change, aiming to improve a company’s sustainability profile. Furthermore, the fund will not invest in companies exposed to the following controversial sectors or business practices: military contracting, controversial weapons, fire arms, UN Global Compact breaches, tobacco, palm oil and thermal coal, according to strict revenue thresholds.

Investment policy

Our investment philosophy is based on our belief that short-term investors underestimate the long-term value-creation potential of companies. Generally, the market is not prepared to look beyond the short term or to consider the longer-term expectations. This gives us the opportunity to build a concentrated portfolio of 30-40 stocks where our conviction sets us apart from market expectations. With this long term horizon, free cash flow is the key to value creation. We want to select stocks that do not adequately reflect this future value creation. And we want these companies to return this value to shareholders in the form of dividend or share buy backs or to re-invest the value in the company in projects where the return on invested capital exceeds the cost of capital. In cooperation with Robeco Quantitative Research we have developed a model, ranking stocks based on Free Cash Flow Yield, that generates investment ideas for the portfolio. Ideas are further researched by making a preliminary valuation that is based on our proprietary Value Dynamics Framework (VDF) model. VDF is a valuation model that takes into account forecasted revenues, margins, invested capital needed and risk-adjusted weighted average cost of capital (all 4 value drivers). If the valuation upside is sufficient, the analyst prepares an investment case and integrates the ESG factors into the valuation of the company. The VDF is included in the investment case and determines a stock's upside potential. Portfolio managers want to introduce as much upside potential into the Robeco NV-Robeco Global Stars portfolio as possible, taking into account checks and balances (beta, active risk, and checks and limits for regional and sector exposure).

Risk policy

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

Expectation of fund manager

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Developed markets are still up roughly 20% year-to-date, despite slowing economic growth, the trade war, Brexit and a negative earnings environment. Most of the rise is due to central bank stimulus and lower bond yields. In the search for yield, equities still look very attractive relative to any other asset class, a phenomenon often described as TINA, which stands for ‘there is no alternative’. We have even seen value names starting to rally lately, due to their severe undervaluation relative to growth names and to the fact that more monetary stimulus, and potentially fiscal stimulus, is expected. It has been interesting to see central bank policy around the world really pivot towards supporting growth, in the absence of meaningful inflationary pressure. A lot of damage has been done by the US-China trade war. It is probably not so much the tariffs themselves, but rather the attendant uncertainty which is causing enterprises to pause spending and investment. Sentiment is cautious already and, maybe somewhat surprisingly, we have made no changes to our five-factor outlook for developed markets, which remains ‘neutral’.

Jan Keuppens, Michiel Plakman, CFA
Jan Keuppens, Michiel Plakman, CFA

Jan Keuppens, Michiel Plakman, CFA

Jan Keuppens, Executive Director, is the Head of the Global Equities team. Prior to joining Robeco in 2005, he worked as a Portfolio Manager for Quest Management, AXA IM and Corluy & CO. Jan Keuppens started his career in the investment industry in 1997. He holds a Master's degree in Applied Economic Sciences from the University of Leuven. Michiel Plakman is Portfolio Manager of Robeco Global Stars Equities Fund NV. Michiel Plakman is co-PM for the Global Stars fund. Previously, he was responsible for managing the Robeco IT Equities fund within the TMT team. Prior to joining Robeco in 1999, Michiel Plakman worked for two years as a Portfolio Manager Japan at Achmea Global Investors (PVF Pensioenen). From 1995 to 1997, he held a position as Portfolio Manager European Equities at KPN Pension Fund. Michiel holds a Master's degree in Econometrics from the Free University of Amsterdam and he is a CFA charter holder.

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ISINNL0000289783
BloombergROBA NA
Valoren1237582
WKN970259
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Close financial year31-12
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Fiscal product treatment

The fund is established in the Netherlands. The fund is managed as a 'naamloze vennootschap' (public limited company). The fund has the status of 'fiscal investment institution' in the sense of article 28 of the Dutch Corporate-Income Tax Act 1969, and, as such, is taxed at a corporate-income tax rate of 0%.The fund is obliged to pay out the realized current income in the form of dividend within 8 months after the end of the financial year. From 1 January 2007 the fund withholds Dutch dividend tax at a rate of 15% from these dividend payments. The fund can in principle use the Dutch treaty network to partially recover any withholding tax on its income.

Fiscal treatment of investor

For private investors residing in the Netherlands real interest and dividend income or capital gains received on their investments are not relevant for tax purposes. Participating units held by private investors who are taxpayers in the Netherlands belong in Box 3. If and insofar as an investor's net assets exceed the net wealth exemption limit, said investor is liable from 1 January to pay 1.2% annually on the balance of his or her net assets. Investors residing in the Netherlands may offset the Dutch dividend tax withheld (15% as at 1 January 2007) against their income-tax payment. Investors who are not subject to (exempt from) Dutch corporate-income tax (e.g. pension funds) are not taxed on the achieved result. Dutch tax-exempt bodies may seek a full refund on the 15% dividend tax withheld on dividends (25% prior to 1 January 2007). Interest income is exempt from tax withheld at source. 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 in their tax return. In principle, Dutch bodies that are subject to corporate-income tax may offset the 15% dividend tax withheld on dividends (25% prior to 1 January 2007) against the corporate-income tax and seek a refund of the excess amount. Investors residing outside the Netherlands are subject to their respective national tax regime applying to foreign investment funds. Shareholders who do not pay tax in the Netherlands and who are resident in countries that have a tax treaty with the Netherlands to prevent double taxation, may seek a refund for part of the Dutch dividend tax from the Dutch tax authorities, depending on the treaty. As of 1 January 2007, a pension fund having its registered office in another EU member state is also entitled to a dividend-tax refund in the Netherlands. The above is based on the current fiscal legislation and regulation.