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Robeco High Yield Bonds Feeder Fund - zero duration DH USD

Reference index: Bloomberg Barclays US Corp. HY & Pan Eur. HY. ex Fin. 2.5% Issuer Cap (hedged into USD)
ISIN: LU1840770199
  • Managed with a conservative approach
  • Disciplined and repeatable investment process
  • Experienced team management
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About this fund

This Fund is a Feeder Fund and invests at least 85% of its assets in shares of Robeco Capital Growth Funds SICAV – Robeco High Yield Bonds Bonds (“the Master”). The Master invests in corporate bonds with a sub-investment grade rating, issued primarily by US and European issuers. The Master aims to outperform the benchmark (Bloomberg Barclays US Corp. HY & Pan Eur. HY. ex Fin. 2.5% Issuer Cap (hedged into USD)) by taking positions that deviate from the benchmark. The Feeder Fund uses derivatives to hedge the duration of the Master to nearly zero. The duration hedge will lead to intended performance differences as a result of interest rate movements between the Feeder Fund and the Master.

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Robeco High Yield Bonds Feeder Fund - zero duration DH USD

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The value of the investments may fluctuate. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
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Initial charges or eventual custody charges which intermediaries might apply are not included.
Performances are gross of fees and based on closing values. In reality, costs (such as management fees and other costs) are charged. These have a negative effect on the returns shown.

Performances are net of fees and based on transaction prices.

Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was 0.78%. The fund had a small positive relative performance versus the index on a gross performance basis. Total returns were slightly positive for the month. Our quality bias again contributed to this month’s results, where BBs outperformed Bs and CCCs on a risk-adjusted basis, especially in the US market. Energy, where the fund is underweight, was again the significant driver of this month’s relative performance. Once more, the sector was confronted with defaults. This time USD 7 billion left the index, all energy names (Alta Mesa Holdings, Chesapeake Energy and EP Energy). Year-to-date the sector has witnessed sixteen defaults and/or distressed transactions (44% of the 36 defaults actions in 2019). US Energy is the only sector with negative excess returns for the year. On an issuer level, we benefited from our overweight in Frontier and Sprint. The latter showed some widening as 19 state attorney-generals forced a lawsuit against the T-Mobile USA and Sprint merger.

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Market development

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Global high yield continued to show positive total returns in September as steady retail inflows and looser central bank policy helped digest a wave of new issue supply and uplifted volatility in commodity-related credits. Credit spreads tightened but underlying treasury yields gave back some momentum keeping yields almost unchanged for the month. In September, the Fed delivered a widely anticipated 25 bps rate cut and left the policy outlook unchanged. The market lowered the probability of a rate cut for the remainder of the year. Money markets were however quite volatile due to a combination of factors (corporate tax day, Treasury settlements and MMF share redemptions). This led to a surge in repo rates and prompted the Fed to ease conditions via open market operations. Meanwhile, drone attacks on two facilities in Saudi Arabia removed 5% of global supply and the high yield energy sector initially reacted positively. WTI oil prices initially surged USD 8 on 16 September but eventually retraced as production was set to recover before month end. The Global High Yield Index spread narrowed by 14 bps and is now around 378 bps, with global high yield 2 bps wider at 5.25%.

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Currency policy

All currency risks are hedged.

Derivative policy

The Feeder Fund uses derivatives to hedge the duration of the Master. The duration hedge will lead to intended performance differences between the Feeder Fund and the Master. Interest rate movements will have a different effect on the Master and the Feeder Fund. .

Dividend policy

The fund does not distribute dividend.

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

This Fund is a feeder Fund ( the “Feeder Fund”) and as such invests at least 85% of its assets in class Z2H shares of Robeco Capital Growth Funds SICAV – Robeco High Yield Bonds (“the Master”). The Master is a sub-fund of Robeco Capital Growth Funds SICAV, a Luxembourg open-ended investment company with variable capital. The Master 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 Master aims to outperform the benchmark by taking positions that deviate from the benchmark. The benchmark of the Master is Barclays US Corporate High Yield & Pan European High Yield ex Financials 2.5% Issuer Cap. The Feeder Fund uses derivatives to hedge the duration of the Master. The duration hedge will lead to intended performance differences between the Feeder Fund and the Master. Interest rate movements will have a different effect on the Master and the Feeder Fund.

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. It is difficult to time the precise turn of the market but, given the risks, we continue to advocate a defensive positioning with an underweight in the higher-risk segments of the high yield market. Ominously, more segments of the US yield curve have inverted: historically, on five out of the six occasions, a recession followed within two years. More optimistically, money supply is increasing and recent corporate bond supply volumes are setting new records. But global fundamental developments suggest more caution: the US economy used to lead the global economy but, since 2015, it now seems the other way around, with China being the driver. The yield curve and global trade tensions, if the path of escalation continuous, point to a high probability of recession down the road. 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. In high yield we see decompression. CCCs have underperformed as these companies struggle owing to the deceleration in economic growth. 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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