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Robeco High Yield Bonds 0IH USD

Index: Bloomberg Barclays US Corp. HY & Pan Eur. HY. ex Fin. 2.5% Issuer Cap (hedged into USD)
ISIN: LU0579622084
  • 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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Robeco High Yield Bonds 0IH USD

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -0.19%. The fund outperformed the index on a gross performance basis. On a relative basis we added around 20 bps from credit allocation and selection. Contribution from our allocation (beta) was flat for the month. Issuer selection was the main driver. Looking at the other performance drivers, the fund benefited from the overweight in Euro high yield and the underweight in US high yield. Our quality bias, being underweight CCC, added performance as well. Our underweight in energy once again resulted in a positive contribution. Looking at individual positions, we added 4 bps thanks to not having an exposure in Sprint. Sprint widened on the likelihood of a merger with TMUS, declining after the congressional hearings. The fund has no exposure to EP Energy, which added another 4 bps this month. The widening in Intelsat also continued, which added 3 bps to the fund’s relative performance. Detractors for the month were not owning PetSmart (-2 bps), and being underweight Frontier (-1 bp) and Bausch Health (-2 bps).

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Market development

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Global high yield spreads took a breather in March. Spreads finished the month a few basis points wider at around 400 bps, with all-in yield at 6%. Total returns, however, still were around +0.6% on the back of declining government yields. Low quality continued to underperform high quality. Issuance dominated both the US and European markets, with a healthy pipeline of deals. Transportation and home construction were the best performing sectors in the US. Energy and automotive were the laggards this month. In Europe, capital goods and communications did well, while bottom-performing sectors were food & beverage and metals & mining. The worst performing credit in March was EP Energy (-16.3% total return) once again. This already distressed E&P company continues to feel the pressure of lower oil prices on their free cash flow generation. The market is anticipating debt exchange or asset sales for the company to avoid bankruptcy. Other underperformers were Intelsat, Community Health Systems and Casino. The best-performers for the month were PetSmart, Frontier and Telecom Italia.

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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 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

The prime goal of integrating ESG factors in our analysis is to strengthen our ability to assess the downside risk of our credit investments. Our analysts include RobecoSAM sustainability data and use external sources to make an ESG assessment as a part of the fundamental analysis.

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.

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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Despite weaker than expected macro data, risky assets have performed very well since the start of the year. So why have markets bounced so vigorously? A dovish Fed shift, expectations of a China trade deal and the backdrop of an oversold market late last year all help explain. We see the current rally as typical of bear markets. Nearly all bear markets have occasional rallies, and they are often sharp and painful, just like episodes of spread widening. Sentiment in credit bear markets swings much more wildly in both directions. In times such as these, when thorough issuer selection pays off, the market will increasingly distinguish between winners and losers. We construct our portfolios cautiously. We are also conscious of the fact that it is expensive to be underweight. But rather than succumbing to the temptation to be long for the carry, we prefer to get prepared so we can return quickly after markets have repriced. For now we feel comfortable with a beta below 1 for high yield. We have a clear preference for Europe over the US. We expect the underperformance of lower quality, high beta names to continue. This is not the time to reach for 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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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.

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