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Robeco Sustainable European Stars Equities IE GBP

ISIN: LU2027351423
  • A sustainable core allocation strategy — Characteristics of a core strategy with risk benefits in down markets.
  • High conviction — Follows a research-driven, performance-oriented investment process reflected in a high active share, low turnover and asset selection as the single main contributor to active risk.
  • Improved environmental footprint — Avoids the most polluting companies while not excluding entire industries. Generates a positive impact across GHG emissions, energy usage, water consumption and waste generation.
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About this fund

Robeco Sustainable European Stars Equities is an actively managed fund. The Strategy is based on the core conviction that sustainable companies will outperform over the long run and that the sustainability impact is under-researched, under-appreciated, and ultimately mispriced by capital markets. The Strategy combines proprietary ESG research and analysis within a disciplined and proprietary investment framework to determine a company’s intrinsic value. Our rigorous valuation approach takes advantage of market mis-pricing, leading to a concentrated portfolio of attractively-valued, high quality stocks with a higher potential to outperform the benchmark across environmental and financial metrics. An in-house Sustainability Investing (SI) research team integrates financially-material sector and company-specific sustainability analysis into investment cases.

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The value of the investments may fluctuate. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
Annualized (for periods longer than one year)
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.

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was 11.15%. In November's bull market, the fund underperformed the benchmark by 2.1% after lagging it in October's sell-off. It does not put us at ease to see the strong year-to-date outperformance being eroded in only two months, but neither are we overly concerned about underperforming in an environment in which stock returns are highly correlated both on the down and on the up. Historically, the strategy had a tendency to achieve its long-term cumulative outperformance in market environments in which stock-specific characteristics explained market movements rather than just momentum. The fact that the fund considerably outperformed the benchmark in Q3 (when overall market performance was flat) gives us comfort that the fund is well positioned to regain lost relative territory once fundamentals rather than sentiment drive the stock market again. The two sectors that contributed most to November's fund performance were consumer discretionary and information technology. After having contributed considerably to the year-to-date performance until October, the industrials and materials sectors contributed least to November's fund performance.


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Market development

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The promising news that a vaccine for Covid-19 is likely to be available by the end of the year lifted the MSCI Europe by 14% in November. After detracting 5% in October on a resurgence of Covid-19 cases in Europe and the US, the November rebound boosted the European market to the highest levels since the start of the pandemic. Despite beating the S&P 500 for once over a one-month period, the European equity market still considerably lags the US market year-to-date, and in absolute terms the MSCI Europe is still 5% down since the beginning of the year. Especially the stocks of companies that suffered most from lockdowns and travel restrictions rebounded most strongly. However, the positive turn taken by the equity market stands at odds with the second wave in Europe and the third wave in the US, which resulted in new restrictions and hence slower recovery for the global economy. Hence, the optimism in the equity market, which indicates that investors anticipate that the virus will be contained relatively soon and that the economy will recover fast, bears the risk of disappointment.

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Sustainability Themed Fund

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The fund may use currency forwards to achieve currency exposures that are close to the benchmark.

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The fund does not distribute dividend; any income earned is retained, and so the fund's entire performance is reflected in its share price.

ESG Integration policy

Robeco Sustainable European Stars Equities integrates ESG at every stage of the investment process. We use sustainability performance rankings as a first indication of a company’s sustainability profile. In addition we use it to exclude the worst 20% scoring stocks from the investable universe. We then analyze the impact of financially material ESG factors to a company’s competitive position and value drivers. We believe that this enhances our ability to understand existing and potential risks and opportunities of a company. If ESG risks and opportunities are significant, the ESG analysis may impact a stock’s fair value and the portfolio allocation decision. Throughout the investment process, we strive for a low environmental impact, as measured by GHG emissions, water use and waste generation, with the aim of realizing at least 20% better levels than the index. In addition to ESG integration, Robeco’s dedicated active ownership team conducts proxy voting and engagement activities focused on specific themes, such as climate change, aiming to improve a company’s sustainability profile. Furthermore, the fund will not invest in companies exposed to the following controversial sectors or business practices: military contracting, controversial weapons, fire arms, UN Global Compact breaches, tobacco, palm oil, nuclear power, thermal coal, arctic drilling and oil sands, according to strict revenue thresholds.

Investment policy

Our investment philosophy is grounded in the core belief that the integration of ESG factors into a disciplined, research-driven investment process leads to better-informed investment decisions and better risk-adjusted returns through an economic cycle.

Risk policy

Risk management is fully integrated into the investment process to ensure that positions always meet predefined guidelines.

Expectation of fund manager

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The fund's strategy aims to make investments in high-quality companies with sustainable, differentiated business models taking a full-cycle view. Given that approach, we'd expect the fund to show its full strength when returns of individual stocks start to materially differ due to less overall market support. The fund's positions tend to be less driven by assumptions on general market trends, but much more by company-specific qualities that are likely to endure in both positive and negative environments. Driven by expected business resilience and comparably moderate valuations, our key convictions can give some comfort in volatile times.

Mathias Büeler, CFA, Oliver Girakhou, MBA
Mathias Büeler, CFA, Oliver Girakhou, MBA

Mathias Büeler, CFA, Oliver Girakhou, MBA

Mathias Büeler is the Senior Portfolio Manager responsible for the RobecoSAM Sustainable European Equities Strategy as well as serving as a Senior Equity Analyst covering the Financials and Consumer Discretionary Sector. Prior to joining, Mathias Büeler worked as a sell-side equity analyst at Kepler Capital Markets for more than four years, covering Swiss banks and diversified financials. Previously, he was Head of Product Management Structured Products at Man Investments for two and a half years. Mathias Büeler holds a Master of Arts majoring in Business Administration from the University of Zurich and is a CFA chartholder. He joined RobecoSAM in 2011. Oliver Girakhou is a Portfolio Manager responsible for managing the Robeco Sustainable European Stars Equities Strategy. He covers and leads the research in the Materials, Industrials and Energy industries within the Team. Prior to joining RobecoSAM, he spent 6 years at Credit Agricole – Cheuvreux (later KeplerCheuvreux) as a sell-side equity analyst covering European industrial companies. He also gained first-hand business experience as an business analyst at the BMW Group where he worked in the China Strategy Department. Oliver earned his Master’s degree in Social and Economic Science from Vienna University’s School of Economics and Business Administration, and his MBA from ESCP Europe. He joined RobecoSAM in 2014.


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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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