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RobecoSAM Circular Economy Equities F USD

Index: MSCI World Index TRN
ISIN: LU2092759377
  • Invests in leading companies that address the opportunities created by the paradigm shift in traditional production and consumption patterns toward a circular economy.
  • Focus on innovative solutions in the area of redesign inputs, circular use, enabling technologies and loop resources.
  • Diversified strategy enhanced by proprietary ESG risk considerations, appealing to investors with a horizon of three to five years.
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About this fund

RobecoSAM Sustainable Circular Economy Equities is an actively managed fund that invests globally in companies that foster resource-efficient business models with regard to the production and consumption of consumer goods. The selection of these stocks is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to achieve a better return than the index. The strategy integrates sustainability criteria as part of the stocks selection process and through a theme specific sustainability assessment. The portfolio is built on the basis of an eligible investment universe that includes companies whose business models contibute to the thematic investment objectives. The assessment regarding relevant SDGs uses an internally developed framework about which more information can be obtained via the website www.robeco.com/si.

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RobecoSAM Circular Economy Equities F USD

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was 4.79%. In October, the RobecoSAM Circular Economy Equities fund registered a solid positive performance, but lagged the broad market slightly. Circular Use performed best in the month. The manufacturer of portable generators Generac is increasingly getting credit for its migration into grid services and micro-inverters strengthening the clean tech business. The Enabling Technology cluster fared second best, driven by Biotage and Etsy. The sample preparation company Biotage announced the expansion into the synthesis of DNA and RNA oligonucleotides with the acquisition of the UK-based small biotechnology company ATDBio. Etsy, which runs a marketplace for non-mass-produced goods, enjoyed a sizeable acceleration of monthly visits to its app and website in September. This indicates that Etsy's platform remains popular also as the pandemic tapers. In the third-best-performing Loop Resources cluster, W.W. Grainger led the performance roster. The Redesign Inputs cluster lagged, but still performed positively. The two lumber holdings Canfor and West Fraser Timber both contributed negatively as timber prices in North America have corrected from record levels at the beginning of the year.

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After the correction in September, the broad global markets were able to make up for the losses in October with a solid positive performance. The catch-up is not that self-evident as the looming concerns from September mostly persisted. These involve inflation that may or may not be more permanent than expected by most, rising input costs weighing on margins of those companies that cannot hike up prices in time, central banks tapering the money supply, and the regulatory interventions in China's technology and real estate sectors. However, with about half of all quarterly results reported, earnings in the third quarter were mostly very solid with top and bottom line growth quite robust. Overall, post-pandemic normalization of economic activity is progressing well. However, the flare-ups of the fourth pandemic wave occasionally weighed on investor sentiment, especially in parts of the Healthy Living investment universe that depends on people returning to work, restaurants and hotels. Most market sectors performed positively in October, with the healthcare and consumer staples sectors lagging in this upward movement.

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The fund is allowed to pursue an active currency policy to generate extra returns.

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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

The RobecoSAM Circular Economy Equities strategy invests in global companies providing circular solutions that create value in loops via reuse, redesign, repair, responsible consumption. It employs systematic, bottom-up stock selection that combines proprietary Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) data and research throughout the investment process. ESG criteria for exclusions and theme-specific suitability are applied during universe construction. An in-house Sustainability Investing (SI) research team integrates financially-material sector and company-specific sustainability analysis into investment cases. A dedicated thematic equity team incorporate SI research within fundamental analysis and stock valuations. Impact assessments of controversial incidences affecting portfolio holdings provide additional risk management. An active ownership and engagement team interacts directly with company management of fund holdings, offering additional channels for sustainable impact.

Investment policy

RobecoSAM Sustainable Circular Economy Equities is an actively managed fund that invests globally in companies that foster resource-efficient business models with regard to the production and consumption of consumer goods. The selection of these stocks is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to achieve a better return than the index. The fund has sustainable investment as its objective within the meaning of Article 9 of the European Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation. The fund fosters resource-efficient business models for production and consumption of consumer goods, aligned with Circular Economy principles, by investing in companies that advance the following UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs): Zero Hunger, Good health and well-being, Decent work and economic growth, Industry, innovation and infrastructure and Responsible consumption and production. The fund integrates ESG (i.e. Environmental, Social and corporate Governance) in the investment process, applies an exclusion list basis controversial behavior, products (including controversial weapons, tobacco, palm oil and fossil fuel) while avoiding investment in thermal coal, weapons, military contracting and companies that severely violate labor conditions, next to voting and engaging.The strategy integrates sustainability criteria as part of the stocks selection process and through a theme specific sustainability assessment. The portfolio is built on the basis of an eligible investment universe that includes companies whose business models contibute to the thematic investment objectives. The assessment regarding relevant SDGs uses an internally developed framework about which more information can be obtained via the website www.robeco.com/si. The majority of stocks selected will be components of the Benchmark, but stocks outside the Benchmark may be selected too. The investment policy is not constrained by a benchmark but the fund may use a benchmark for comparison purposes. The fund can deviate substantially from the issuer, country and sector weightings of the Benchmark. There are no restrictions on the deviation from the Benchmark. The Benchmark is a broad market weighted index that is not consistent with the sustainable objective of the fund.

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

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The SDG score shows to what extent the portfolio and the benchmark contribute to the 17 UN Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs). Scores are assigned to each underlying company using the Robeco SDG Framework, which utilizes a three-step approach to calculate a company’s contribution to the relevant SDGs. The starting point is an assessment of the products offered by a company, followed by the way in which these products are produced, and finally whether the company is exposed to any controversies. The outcome is expressed in a final score which shows the extent to which a company impacts the SDGs on a scale from highly negative (dark red) to highly positive (dark blue). The bar shows the aggregate percentage exposure of the portfolio and the benchmark (shaded) to the different SDG scores. This is then also split out per SDG. As a company can have an impact on several SDGs (or none), the values shown in the report do not sum to 100%. More information on Robeco’s SDG Framework can be found at: https://www.robeco.com/docm/docu-robeco-explanation-sdg-framework.pdf

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ESG integration policy

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The RobecoSAM Circular Economy Equities strategy invests in global companies providing circular solutions that create value in loops via reuse, redesign, repair, responsible consumption. It employs systematic, bottom-up stock selection that combines proprietary Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) data and research throughout the investment process. ESG criteria for exclusions and theme-specific suitability are applied during universe construction. An in-house Sustainability Investing (SI) research team integrates financially-material sector and company-specific sustainability analysis into investment cases. A dedicated thematic equity team incorporate SI research within fundamental analysis and stock valuations. Impact assessments of controversial incidences affecting portfolio holdings provide additional risk management. An active ownership and engagement team interacts directly with company management of fund holdings, offering additional channels for sustainable impact.

Expectation of fund manager

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The post-pandemic economic normalization is progressing and creating unusual demand increases, which is adding to supply chain shortages and inflationary pressures. Meanwhile, central banks are flagging that their strong monetary support will be slowing. So, the best phase of post-pandemic stock markets is probably behind us, but the economic recovery will continue, driven by solid consumer demand. We are excited about the inherent opportunities created by the transition towards the circular economy, which in our view is creating an additional layer of growth opportunities. Companies exposed to this trend are set to benefit, partly from drastically changing consumer preferences for sustainable consumer packaging, better logistics and waste management systems, and/or partly from the full digitalization of legacy business models via digital collaboration platforms. In our view, the secular growth opportunities stemming from the transition to the circular economy have not only withstood the current crisis, but are well positioned to have a head start in the imminent economic recovery.

David Kägi, PhD
David Kägi, PhD

David Kägi, PhD

David Kägi is a Portfolio Manager responsible for managing the RobecoSAM Sustainable Healthy Living Equities strategy. He is also the Portfolio Manager a.i. for the RobecoSAM Circular Economy Equities strategy. Previously, he worked as a Buy-Side analyst covering the global healthcare sector for Bank J. Safra Sarasin in Zurich, first for Private Banking, then for Asset Management. In the last five years, he also managed the Demography Health basket certificate for Bank J. Safra Sarasin. After some years in biomedical research, he started his career in finance as a Healthcare Analyst at the investment company BT&T, followed by a position as an Investment Analyst for private biotechnology companies with Schweizerhall Management AG in Zurich. David holds a Master’s degree in Biochemistry and a PhD in T-cell Immunology both from the ETH Zurich. He joined Robeco in 2019.

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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.

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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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