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About this fund

Robeco High Yield Bonds is an actively managed fund that 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.

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was 3.07%. The global high yield market delivered a total return of around 4%, on the back of strong spread tightening. Rates in the US declined marginally, while German Bund yields edged higher during the month. The fund underperformed the index during November, which can be attributed to the large underweight beta positioning. Issuer selection was almost flat for the month. The other performance drivers were positive. The overweight in euro high yield versus the underweight in the US added 10 bps. The allocation over ratings added 19 bps for the month. On an issuer level, the fund benefited from a strong price recovery in Transocean bonds, which added 4 bps to the relative performance. The steady rise in the price of WTI crude has provided the oil field service sector some much needed slack. Not owning Ligado Networks, a US satellite communications company, added 2 bps to our relative performance. Positions that underperformed in the fund are overweights in expensive companies such as HCA (-4 bps) and EDF (-2 bps), which lagged the overall rally.

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Market development

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The Global high yield market experienced a very positive month. Good news kept on coming, overshadowing the rise in Covid-19 cases, Brexit deadlines and some issues around the EU budget. The better-than-feared US election result and the great news on the effectiveness of various Covid-19 vaccines, propelled markets in a state of outright enthusiasm. The market is pricing in a back-to-normal economy, while the vaccinations are not yet in place to prevent a further rise in Covid cases. This makes the market vulnerable to short-term corrections. Inflows continue to find their way into the asset class, reaching more than USD 6 billion for the month. Global high yield spreads tightened by 100 bps to a level of 405 bps, which represents an excess return of around 4% in November. Lower quality outperformed during the month, where Bs performed best in Europe and CCCs in the US. All sectors recorded positive total returns, with leisure, airline, lodging and oil field service sectors benefiting most. High yield supply reached USD 30.3 billion in the US and EUR 7.7 billion in Europe. The average yield to worst of the Global High Yield Index ended the month at 4.39%.

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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

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 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 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 discusses and defines 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 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. Duration of the portfolio is managed in line with the index.

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 in the midst of the largest global health crisis seen in a century. The world anxiously awaits a vaccine, which is now in the final stages of development. In the meantime, the market has already received its shot, though, in the form of unprecedented monetary and fiscal support for the private sector. Do fundamentals still matter in an environment where the central bank ‘put’ has overwhelmed everything else? Longer term, we have no doubt that fundamentals still matter. After the initial shock, macro data in Q3 surprised to the upside compared to very downbeat expectations. This has helped risk markets. However, high yield corporates still struggle to bring down their net leverage. Spread levels are at or below the long-term average for all segments of the market. Systemic risk is suppressed by central banks, idiosyncratic risk certainly is not! At the moment our beta is already below one – and we keep it there. We are convinced that there will be opportunities to add risk in the coming months, not only from a top-down perspective but also in individual issuers or sectors. There is still a lot of volatility in Covid-sensitive sectors, which from time to time offer good value.

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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