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Robeco High Yield Bonds 0CH GBP

Index: Bloomberg Barclays US Corp. HY & Pan Eur. HY. ex Fin. 2.5% Issuer Cap (hedged into GBP)
ISIN: LU1048590548
  • Managed with a conservative approach
  • Disciplined and repeatable investment process
  • Experienced team management
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About this fund

Robeco High Yield Bonds invests in corporate bonds with a sub-investment grade rating, issued primarily by issuers from developed markets (Europe/US). The selection of these bonds is mainly based on fundamental analysis. The portfolio is broadly diversified, with a structural bias to the higher rated part in high yield. Performance drivers are the top-down beta positioning as well as bottom-up issuer selection. This share class hedges the duration (interest-rate sensitivity) of the portfolio to nearly zero.

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was 2.07%. The fund outperformed the index on a gross performance basis. Total returns were strong and printing above the 2%, with relative outperformance adding around 50 bps. Our quality bias was the main driver of this month’s results, BBs outperformed Bs and CCCs on a risk adjusted basis in both regions. Our overweight in euro-denominated high yield versus USD also contributed positively, but to a lesser extent. On a sector level, we saw all sectors printing positive returns. Basic industry and capital goods were the strongest-performing sectors, adjusted for risk. Our underweight in energy added to our relative performance as this low-quality (ratings) sector lagged in the strong market.  On an issuer level, we saw a massive increase in dispersion. We benefited from our overweight in Tesco that got upgraded to investment grade. Our overweight via the Tesco property bonds added 5 bps. Our underweight in Frontier also added 5 bps. The company was downgraded by Moody’s to Caa1, reflecting the high debt load and weak fundamentals. Our overweights in LBrands and Tereos were the main detractors in June, both detracting around 4 bps.

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Market development

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The global high yield market recovered from its setback in May. High yield bond prices increased during June alongside positive equity performance as sentiment benefited from a dovish Fed. The front end of the US Treasury curve indicates more easing by the Fed to come this year. The ECB had a similar dovish rhetoric. Market expectations are that the ECB is most likely to cut its key rate by 10 basis points, together with a resumption of QE. Furthermore, the G20 summit delivered better news than expected, with a truce in the trade tariffs war between the US and China. The Global High Yield Index delivered a total return of around 2.3%. This was on the back of roughly 70 bps of spread tightening, as underlying Treasury yields also tightened further to recent lows. Oil prices are USD 8 off the intra-month low amid dollar weakness, geopolitical tensions and expectations of an extension of the OPEC+ production agreement. The index finished the month at a spread level of 367 bps. High quality outperformed low quality in this recovery, with BBs delivering 2.9%, Bs 2.2% and CCCs 0.9%.

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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

The fund distributes dividend on a monthly basis. This fund aims to pay a monthly dividend of 0,57%. The dividends referred to are target dividends and may be subject to change as a result of market conditions.

ESG Integration policy

Our analysis of issuers goes beyond the traditional financial factors and includes the issuers’ performance on ESG factors. We deem it essential for a well-informed investment decision to take into account those ESG factors that have the potential to materially impact the financial performance of the issuer. This perfectly matches the basic need to avoid the losers in credit management, as many credit events in the past can be attributed to issues such as poorly designed governance frameworks, environmental issues, or weak health & safety standards. The aim of ESG integration is to improve the risk/return profile of the investments and does not have an impact goal. ESG analysis is fully integrated in the bottom-up security analysis. We have defined key ESG factors per industry, and for every company we analyze how the firm is positioned versus these key ESG factors, and how this impacts the fundamental credit quality.

Investment policy

Robeco High Yield Bonds invests in corporate bonds with a sub-investment grade rating, issued primarily by US and European issuers. The portfolio is broadly diversified across circa 250 issuers, with a structural bias to the higher rated part in high yield (BB/B). Performance drivers are the top-down beta positioning as well as bottom-up issuer selection. The fund aims to outperform its index Barclays US Corporate High Yield & Pan European High Yield ex Financials 2.5% Issuer Cap. The index excludes high yield financials based on relatively high systematic risk, and applies an issuer cap to avoid concentration risk. The investment philosophy is based on managing a solid diversified portfolio with a long term view. Top-down beta positioning is based on the outcome of our credit quarterly outlook meeting, in which the team is discussing the fundamental market outlook, valuation of bond markets and market technicals. Bottom-up issuer research is executed by our credit analysts, who execute the fundamental analysis. The analysts research reports are being discussed in approx. 500 credit committees per year. In addition, a proprietary quant issuer selection model is used as an independent performance driver. The portfolio managers are responsible for the portfolio construction. A proprietary 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. The Robeco High Yield fund is managed by our credit team which consists of eight portfolio managers and thirteen credit analysts. Within the team, Sander Bus and Roeland Moraal are responsible for high yield. Sander has been involved in the 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. This share class protects investors against interest rate movements. The fund management implements this strategy by adding an overlay of highly liquid instruments to the existing base portfolio.

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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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It is clear to us that deglobalization is under way. This is a secular trend fueled by widespread populism, which will cause trade tariffs to rise for the first time in 40 years. In the medium term, this will put pressure on the advantage of cheap outsourced labor, ultimately eroding record-high margins. Another secular trend is the development of a less economically favorable demographic backdrop, changing established trends in saving and investment. Finally, the bursting of the debt super cycle 12 years ago is the main ongoing reason for cautious household sector behavior and the consequent impotence of traditional monetary policy. Our research illustrates that there is typically a short period of time after the first rate cut where credit performs well, a ‘sugar rush’ if you will. Furthermore, we are having to cope with a cyclical slowdown in growth, more frequent mini spread cycles driven by lack of liquidity and central bank interventions due to fading inflation. Overall, our view is cautious as the cycle is late and valuations are tight. However, we know it is wise not to fight the Fed or the ECB. We focus on avoiding defaults, we continue to favor high-quality high yield.

Sander Bus, Roeland Moraal
Sander Bus, Roeland Moraal

Sander Bus, Roeland Moraal

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. 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.

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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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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