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RobecoSAM SDG High Yield Bonds DH EUR

Index: Bloomberg Barclays Global High Yield Corporate Index
ISIN: LU2061804048
  • Uses a proprietary SDG measurement framework to select companies that contribute positively to the SDGs, excludes those that do the opposite.
  • Managed with a conservative approach by an experienced team
  • Disciplined and repeatable investment process
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About this fund

RobecoSAM SDG High Yield Bonds invests in a diversified portfolio of global corporate bonds with a sub-investment grade rating, with a structural bias to the higher rated part in high yield. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis. The fund applies a screening process, using RobecoSAM’s SDG framework, to select issuers that contribute to realizing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).The fund excludes companies that contribute negatively to these goals. RobecoSAM’s SDG framework scores companies based on the magnitude and quality of their contributions to the SDGs through their products, services and operations. Engagement, ESG integration and RobecoSAM's exclusion policy are also form part of the investment policy.

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RobecoSAM SDG High Yield Bonds DH EUR

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was 0.97%. A strong year-end rally in December delivered a nicely positive return of around 1.3% to 1.5% depending on the share class. In relative terms, the fund lagged versus the benchmark in December due to the more conservative and high-quality positioning, as laggards got a bit of a boost. CCCs performed the best, both on an absolute basis and risk-adjusted. The same held for the energy sector, where we saw some beaten-up bonds rebounding. Nevertheless, the fund's outperformance before fees versus the benchmark for 2019 came in well over 150 basis points. Main contributors: a high-quality positioning, avoiding CCCs, a large underweight in energy, and avoiding unnecessary trading in a market where the costs of transactions are high compared to the running yield on positions. Both BBs and Bs returned about 10% better than treasuries in 2019, whereas the riskier CCC segment only returned some 4.5% over treasuries. Clearly, going down the quality curve was a money-losing trade in 2019.

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HY ended 2019 in the same fashion as the full year developed: cheerful and with a strong performance. Spreads tightened vigorously, to levels very close to the 5-year low. For the year, this means that 2019 turned into a double-digit return year, a strong rebound from the bear market in 2018. With hardly any new issue activity in December, the market focused on the laggards: CCCs and energy bonds were the best performers. Both of these categories remain the dogs for the full year, with energy being the only part of the market that did not manage to achieve positive credit excess returns. The strong year-end rally was helped by some positive news about a Phase 1 trade deal between the US and China, and by further evidence that major central banks will stay away from any tightening measures for the foreseeable future. Only by the end of the month, the mood turned more bearish, with rising tensions between Iran and the US. Supply for the year was close to the long-term average. HY fund flows turned mildly positive after a year of hefty outflows in 2018. The Global High Yield Index spread tightened by as many as 36 bps for the month and by almost 200 bps for the year to a level of 335 bps.

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Currency policy

All currency risks are hedged.

Derivative policy

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

Dividend policy

The fund does not distribute dividend. The income earned by the fund is reflected in its share price. The fund's entire result is thus reflected in its share price development.

ESG Integration policy

In this fund we look for investments with a positive societal impact, whilst generating healthy financial returns. We define impact as an alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We identify and evaluate the impact that specific credits have on the SDGs, and score all the issuers under coverage of the analysts’ team. These scores categorize credits as having either a Positive, Neutral, or Negative impact on the SDGs. The scores are then used in a screening process, to define the investable universe that exclude credits with a Negative impact on the SDGs. In addition to the universe screening, our credit analysts integrate ESG factors in their analysis of the company’s fundamental credit quality to strengthen our ability to assess the downside risk of our credit investments. Engagement and RobecoSAM's exclusion policy are also form part of the ESG integration policy.

Investment policy

RobecoSAM SDG High Yield Bonds invests in a diversified portfolio of global corporate bonds with a sub-investment grade rating, with a structural bias to the higher rated part in high yield. The selection of these bonds is based on fundamental analysis. The fund applies a screening process, using RobecoSAM’s SDG framework, to select issuers that contribute to realizing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The fund excludes companies that contribute negatively to these goals. RobecoSAM’s SDG framework scores companies based on the magnitude and quality of their contributions to the SDGs through their products, services and operations. Engagement, ESG integration and RobecoSAM's exclusion policy also form part of the investment policy. The fund aims to outperform the Bloomberg Barclays Global High Yield Corporate Index over a full credit cycle. The investment process is based on a top-down analysis of credit markets, combined with thorough bottom-up issuer selection. The investment philosophy is based on contribution to the SDGs but also deliver attractive financial returns for our investors. RobecoSAM SDG High Yield Bonds is managed within our credit team which consists of ten portfolio managers and twenty-two credit analysts. Within the team, Sander Bus, Roeland Moraal and Christiaan Lever are responsible for high yield. Sander has been involved in the mainstream fund since inception in 1998, Roeland joined in 2003. The portfolio managers are responsible for the construction and management of the credit portfolios, whereas the analysts cover the team's fundamental research. The duration of the portfolio is managed in line with the index and currency exposure is hedged. A proprietary in-house developed risk management approach avoids high risk concentration in the portfolio. Holdings in equities can only appear in the portfolio as a result of corporate actions and/or debt restructuring. It is not the intention of the portfolio manager to use options or swaptions. As the investment process is well-structured and proven over time, it contributes to repeatable performance delivery.

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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We are still convinced that we are approaching the end of the credit cycle. The US economy has become more vulnerable, with corporate earnings under pressure and a weakening industrial environment. The consumer is holding up well, supported by a strong labor market. But there are early signs of softening in these labor data. In Europe, the picture is similar. Going forward, a lot will depend on global trade disputes. A swift resolution of the US-China trade dispute would be very positive, but we think this is unlikely. On the other hand, an additional dispute between Europe and the US would be very negative for global trade, corporate earnings and investor sentiment. A bright spot are central banks, which continue to be very accommodative. In high yield, BB bonds have been driven to expensive levels, while CCCs are relatively cheap: a bifurcated universe in which buying the average spread is not an option. The choice is between safe but expensive BBs or trading down in quality to pick up yield, with a real risk of write-downs if the cycle turns. We stay up in quality and focus with bottom-up research on finding mispriced opportunities, of which there are currently only few.

Roeland Moraal, Sander Bus
Roeland Moraal, Sander Bus

Roeland Moraal, Sander Bus

Mr. Roeland Moraal, Vice President, CEFA, Portfolio Manager. Roeland is a Senior Portfolio Manager High Yield within Robeco's Credit team since January 2004. Before assuming this role, he was portfolio manager in our Rates team for two years and worked as an analyst with the Institute for Research and Investment Services for three years. Roeland started his career in the investment industry in 1997 at Robeco. He holds a Master's degree in applied mathematics from the University of Twente and a Master's degree in Law from Erasmus University, Rotterdam. Roeland became a CEFA charter holder in 2000 and he is registered with the Dutch Securities Institute. Mr. Bus is Head of the Credit team and manages our high yield portfolios. Prior to joining Robeco in 1998, Mr. Bus worked for Rabobank as a fixed income analyst for two years. Mr. Bus holds a Master's degree in Financial Economics from Erasmus University, Rotterdam. He became a CFA charter holder in 2003 and is registered with the Dutch Securities Institute. Mr. Bus has been active in the industry since 1996.

Team

RobecoSAM SDG High Yield Bonds 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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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.

Fiscal treatment of investor

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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