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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 1.27%. The Global High Yield Index delivered a total return of around 1% in June, bringing the total return for the year to -4.8%. During the month, spreads tightened almost 75 bps, but in the end only managed to hold on to 15 bps of tightening. Underlying government bonds were more or less flat. The fund outperformed the index by around 20 bps, depending on the share class (gross of fees). Our underweight beta was a small detractor of 13 bps, which was offset by strong issuer selection adding more than 30 bps. Our preference for EUR high yield at the expense of USD high yield added more than 10 bps. Our exposure to BBBs added almost 20 bps, which was more than enough to offset our relative underperformance in CCCs and below (-14 bps). From a sector standpoint, the best-performing sectors for the month were energy-related sectors in the US. Despite our underweight in energy, we did not lose relative performance, mainly on the back of avoiding a couple of defaults, of which Chesapeake Energy was the largest one. From an issuer perspective, our overweight in Tenneco and Europcar added more than 10 bps. Europcar bonds rallied after Volkswagen said to explore an offer for the group.

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Market development

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The rally in high yield credit spreads since mid-March carried over to the first half of June, but stalled towards month end as concerns about economic re-openings offset the initial positive reaction to the Fed’s corporate buying programs. Spreads finished the month 15 bps tighter at a level of 610 bps, but failed to break below recessionary levels of 520 bps intra-month. Oil prices stabilized after a few rough weeks as WTI trades around USD40 a barrel. Despite the anxiety around rising Covid-19 cases in some of the most populous states in the US, new issuance continues to set new records. In the US, nearly USD 60 billion got printed, which is the largest volume on record. Also in the European high yield market we witnessed record supply (EUR 9.5 billion). Fallen angels volumes continue to rise, but at a slower pace compared to previous months. Mutual funds and ETFs experienced inflows of around USD 15 billion in the US and USD 1.7 billion in Europe. Year-to-date more than USD 31 billion reached the US high yield markets, while European high yield experienced USD 5 billion of outflows. The average yield to worst of the global high yield index ended the month at 6.5%.

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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

In principle, this share class of the fund will 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

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. Duration of the portfolio is managed in line with the index and currency exposure is hedged.

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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The economic fallout that we saw in 20Q2 was unlike anything we have ever seen in our careers. On top of that, an oil supply shock created the perfect storm for risky assets. But while Covid-19 is the proximate trigger, we firmly believe current events are not just about the virus. They have deep secular and cyclical roots. Markets have since soared and are treating Covid-19 as a growth shock. To justify this rally, we really need a normalization in earnings. We have our doubts that this will materialize. The ‘common enemy’ elicited a massive unconventional, coordinated series of stimulus by policy makers. All rules have changed. Government stimulus is financed by central banks. We have our doubts about this, too. But a deep recession, increasing numbers of defaults and heightened uncertainty surrounding corporate earnings, will be with us for some time. We have gone underweight in high yield. Dispersion remains high and the accelerated downgrades into the lowest ratings make us cautious. Technicals rule for now but fundamentals might strike back.

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 0.01% 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.

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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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