Kempen Lux Euro Credit Fund - Class BN

Profile

Kempen International Funds SICAV - Kempen (Lux) Euro Credit Fund (the Fund) invests primarily in credits that have an investment grade rating (of minimal BBB-) and are denominated in Euros. The Fund may invest a small part in credits that are not included in the benchmark. The benchmark, the Markit iBoxx Euro Corporates Index, only includes bonds with an investment grade rating.

The Fund aims to earn a higher total long term return than the benchmark by implementing an active investment policy. In order to achieve this, a diversified portfolio is constructed and investment risks are continuously monitored. Investments are selected on the basis of extensive analysis of the terms and conditions of the bond issues.

In the interest of the shareholders it has been decided to soft open the Fund as per 28 June 2018. As per June 2018 the Fund will continue to accept daily inflow below EUR 10 million from all investors. For investments greater than EUR 10 million please contact the Fund’s relationship manager. Redemptions will still be possible. More information about the soft open can be found in the Notice to shareholders in the tab Documents.

Management team

Alain van der Heijden, Rik den Hartog, Harold van Acht, Sipke Moes, Luuk Cummins, Pim van Mourik Broekman, Quirijn Landman, Marco Zanotto

Performance per 2020-06-30 (rebased)

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Performance per 2020-06-30

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  Fund Benchmark
1 month 1.4 % 1.3 %
3 months 5.3 % 5.3 %
This year -0.3 % -1.2 %
2017 2.4 % 2.4 %
2018 -0.8 % -1.3 %
2019 6.6 % 6.3 %
1 year (on annual basis) 0.5 % -0.5 %
3 years (on annual basis) i 2.4 % 1.8 %
5 years (on annual basis) i 2.8 % 2.3 %
Since inception (on annual basis) i 5.2 % 4.1 %
On 8 October 2013, the rebate free class (BN) of Kempen (Lux) Euro Credit Fund was launched. The results shown of the period 20 June 2013 until 8 October 2013 are those of class A of the same fund. The higher management fee of Class A has had an impact on the performance quoted. On 20 June 2013, Kempen Euro Credit Fund (KECF) was merged with Kempen (Lux) Euro Credit Fund. Up to 30 January 2012 (start of the Fund’s A class) the performance graph and performance table show the performance of KECF, for the period January 2012 till June 2013 the results of class A of Kempen (Lux) Euro Credit Fund are shown. The average annual TER for the period of April 2008 till June 2013 is 0.91%. Performance is shown after deduction of ongoing charges and including the reinvestment of dividend that has been paid out. The value of your investments may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future.
More information can be found on the documents page of this fund

Key figures

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Total fund size
EUR 2,081.16 M 2020-06-30
Share class size
EUR 528.16 M 2020-06-30
Number of shares
19,463,970 2020-06-30
Net Asset Value i
EUR 27.39 2020-08-12
Turnover rate
253.44 %
Morningstar rating â„¢
Morningstar Analyst rating
Gold
The turnover rate figure is per the end of the financial year of the fund and will be updated once a year.

Fund characteristics per 2020-06-30

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  Fund Benchmark
Number of holdings 324 3000
Duration i 5.3 5.3
Yield to maturity 1.0 % 1.0 %
Kempen (Lux) Euro Credit Fund (the “Sub-Fund”) is a sub-fund of Kempen International Funds SICAV (the “Fund”), domiciled in Luxembourg. This Fund is authorised in Luxembourg and is regulated by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier. Kempen Capital Management N.V. (KCM) is the management company of the Fund. KCM is authorised as management company and regulated by the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM).

Paying agent and representative in Switzerland is RBC Investor Services Bank S.A., Esch-sur-Alzette, Zurich Branch, Bleicherweg 7, CH-8027 Zurich. The Sub-Fund is registered with the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) under the license of the Fund.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document (available in Dutch, English and several other languages, see website) and the prospectus (available in English). These documents as well as annual report, semi-annual report and the articles of incorporation of the Fund are available free of charge at the registered office of the Fund located at 6H, route de Trèves, L-2633 Senningerberg, Luxembourg, at the offices of the representative in Switzerland and on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/en/asset-management). The information on the website is (partly) available in Dutch and English.

The Sub-Fund is registered for offering in a limited number of countries. The countries where the Sub-Fund is registered can be found on the website. The value of your investment may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future. The performance shown does not take account of any commissions and costs charged when subscribing to and redeeming units.

Developments per 2020-06-30

In June, the spread on the iBoxx Euro Corporate Index tightened by 19 basis points to 157 basis points above the government bond curve. The index earned an absolute return of +1.33%. German 10-year government bond yields closed June at -0.46%, a limited 1 basis point decrease compared to the end of May.

During the month, it became clear that government authorities in the United States have failed in their efforts to limit the number of new cases of Covid-19 infections, as daily infections reached nearly 50,000 per day near the end of the month. This is in contrast to most of Europe and large parts of Asia where a more stable and lower level of infections, albeit with sporadic flare-ups, has been realised. The United States and selected emerging markets, particularly in Latin America, are still at risk of seeing a significant worsening in terms of the number of individuals needing hospitalisation with all of the negative impact this may have on their health systems. The acceleration in the spread of the Covid-19 virus increases the risks of renewed lockdowns being implemented in numerous states within the United States, including large, economically important states like Texas, California and Florida. Despite the unfavourable Covid-19 trends, sentiment in the capital markets further strengthened as investors took comfort in actions undertaken by European policy makers and the US Federal Reserve, as well as data suggesting global economic growth has already troughed.

The German government, which had built up a reputation for embracing austerity and being unwilling to utilise its fiscal headroom during the past decade, surprised markets by launching an additional EUR 130bln fiscal stimulus program. Total stimulus enacted by the German government since the outbreak of the Covid-19 crisis now amounts to a sum equivalent to roughly 9% of GDP. The most recent stimulus measures focussed on the promotion of electric vehicles and a temporary reduction in VAT, as well as increased investment in rail infrastructure and data networks.

Other developments in Europe that contributed to the strength in investor sentiment included the announcement by the ECB that it would expand its Pandemic Emergency Purchase program by a further EUR 600 bln to EUR 1.35 trillion, as well as the strong uptake by European banks of the new TLTRO program for a net EUR 550 bln. Under the terms of the latter program banks can borrow at a rate of -1.0% and either stall the money as a deposit with the ECB at -0.5% or, for example, buy government securities at higher yields. The new TLTRO program is expected to especially support the profitability of peripheral European banks.

the US, the Federal Reserve indicated that it would continue to expand its balance sheet by roughly USD 120 bln per month, with USD 80 bln being applied for the purchase of US Treasury bonds and USD 40 bln being applied for the purchase of agency mortgage-backed securities. The Fed also indicated that it expects to refrain from hiking interest rates before the second half of 2022 at the earliest. Finally, the Fed indicated that it would start buying corporate debt according to a self-established “broad and diversified market-index”, which market participants interpreted as giving the Fed maximum flexibility in targeting support for various hard-hit economic sectors.

Recent economic data suggests the global economy continues to recover. For example, the Eurozone manufacturing PMI has recovered to 47.4 in June from 33.4 in April. In the US, the ISM manufacturing PMI figure came in at 52.6, also up significantly from the trough level of 41.5 in April. Furthermore, the unemployment rate in the US declined to 11.1% from recent peak levels of 14.7%. Finally, Chinese June car sales increased by 4% m-o-m and 11% y-o-y.

On the corporate front, German payment processing firm Wirecard shocked markets with a disclosure suggesting approximately EUR 2 bln of reported cash on its balance sheet was in fact missing. Within a matter of days, the company, which had still been investment grade rated as of the beginning of June, was forced to file for bankruptcy protection.

During the month, bonds issued by financial companies, particularly banks, strongly outperformed bonds issued by non-financials. Within the non-financial sectors, the Construction sector was a clear outperformer. By contrast, bonds issued by companies operating in the telecom, health care and retail sectors underperformed. Subordinated bonds issued by insurance companies also underperformed.

The supply of new bonds was EUR 75 billion in June, representing a 4% decrease compared to May but a 12% increase compared to the year-earlier period. Non-financial sector companies issued EUR 51 billion in new bonds last month, while financial sector companies issued EUR 24 billion in new bonds. During the first half of the year, a total of EUR 396 billion of bonds was issued. This represents a 36% increase compared to the year-earlier period.

The portfolio delivered a return of +1.36%, representing an outperformance of 3 basis points compared to the index which generated a return of +1.33%. During the month the portfolio’s sensitivity to market trends varied between 102% and 106%. The portfolio therefore held a slight overweight positioning in terms of market risk.

Our positioning in the industrial goods & services, non-bank financial services and food & beverage sectors performed relatively well in June. In contrast, our positioning in the banks, utilities and healthcare sectors contributed negatively. Our liquidity position (in the form of cash and government bonds) had a negative impact.

At individual company level, positive contributions came from the overweights in General Electric, MTU Aero, Wintershall Dea and DSV Panalpina, as well as not having any exposure to Wirecard. In contrast, the overweights in Fidelity National Information Services, OMV, Euronet and Medtronic, as well as our underweight in Banco Santander contributed negatively.

In June, the Fund participated in new bond issues from Standard Chartered, Airbus, OMV, Zurich Insurance, Volkswagen, Italgas, British Petroleum, Amcor, Alstria, Virgin Money, Infineon Technologies, Continental, Banco de Sabadell , Euronext, Helvetia Holding, MTU Aero, Aeroports de Paris, Takeda Pharmaceutical and Euroclear Bank.

Outlook
We remain relatively constructive on the market as a result of recent data that suggests economic growth has bottomed. Furthermore, we view favorably the greater emphasis being placed by management teams on bondholder interests as opposed to near-term shareholder interests. Finally, the technical backdrop remains very robust as a result of the ECB’s willingness and ability to pump liquidity into the government and corporate bond markets.

Kempen (Lux) Euro Credit Fund (the “Sub-Fund”) is a sub-fund of Kempen International Funds SICAV (the “Fund”), domiciled in Luxembourg. This Fund is authorised in Luxembourg and is regulated by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier. Kempen Capital Management N.V. (KCM) is the management company of the Fund. KCM is authorised as management company and regulated by the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM).

Paying agent and representative in Switzerland is RBC Investor Services Bank S.A., Esch-sur-Alzette, Zurich Branch, Bleicherweg 7, CH-8027 Zurich. The Sub-Fund is registered with the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) under the license of the Fund.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document (available in Dutch, English and several other languages, see website) and the prospectus (available in English). These documents as well as annual report, semi-annual report and the articles of incorporation of the Fund are available free of charge at the registered office of the Fund located at 6H, route de Trèves, L-2633 Senningerberg, Luxembourg, at the offices of the representative in Switzerland and on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/en/asset-management). The information on the website is (partly) available in Dutch and English.

The Sub-Fund is registered for offering in a limited number of countries. The countries where the Sub-Fund is registered can be found on the website. The value of your investment may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future. The performance shown does not take account of any commissions and costs charged when subscribing to and redeeming units.

Performance per 2020-06-30 (rebased)

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Performance per 2020-06-30

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  Fund Benchmark
1 month 1.4 % 1.3 %
3 months 5.3 % 5.3 %
This year -0.3 % -1.2 %
2017 2.4 % 2.4 %
2018 -0.8 % -1.3 %
2019 6.6 % 6.3 %
1 year (on annual basis) 0.5 % -0.5 %
3 years (on annual basis) i 2.4 % 1.8 %
5 years (on annual basis) i 2.8 % 2.3 %
Since inception (on annual basis) i 5.2 % 4.1 %
On 8 October 2013, the rebate free class (BN) of Kempen (Lux) Euro Credit Fund was launched. The results shown of the period 20 June 2013 until 8 October 2013 are those of class A of the same fund. The higher management fee of Class A has had an impact on the performance quoted. On 20 June 2013, Kempen Euro Credit Fund (KECF) was merged with Kempen (Lux) Euro Credit Fund. Up to 30 January 2012 (start of the Fund’s A class) the performance graph and performance table show the performance of KECF, for the period January 2012 till June 2013 the results of class A of Kempen (Lux) Euro Credit Fund are shown. The average annual TER for the period of April 2008 till June 2013 is 0.91%. Performance is shown after deduction of ongoing charges and including the reinvestment of dividend that has been paid out. The value of your investments may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future.

Dividends

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Distributing
Yes
Last dividend
EUR 0.21
Ex-date last dividend
2020-01-16
Number of distributions per year
2
Dividend calendar
Kempen (Lux) Euro Credit Fund (the “Sub-Fund”) is a sub-fund of Kempen International Funds SICAV (the “Fund”), domiciled in Luxembourg. This Fund is authorised in Luxembourg and is regulated by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier. Kempen Capital Management N.V. (KCM) is the management company of the Fund. KCM is authorised as management company and regulated by the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM).

Paying agent and representative in Switzerland is RBC Investor Services Bank S.A., Esch-sur-Alzette, Zurich Branch, Bleicherweg 7, CH-8027 Zurich. The Sub-Fund is registered with the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) under the license of the Fund.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document (available in Dutch, English and several other languages, see website) and the prospectus (available in English). These documents as well as annual report, semi-annual report and the articles of incorporation of the Fund are available free of charge at the registered office of the Fund located at 6H, route de Trèves, L-2633 Senningerberg, Luxembourg, at the offices of the representative in Switzerland and on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/en/asset-management). The information on the website is (partly) available in Dutch and English.

The Sub-Fund is registered for offering in a limited number of countries. The countries where the Sub-Fund is registered can be found on the website. The value of your investment may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future. The performance shown does not take account of any commissions and costs charged when subscribing to and redeeming units.

Maturity profile (2020-06-30)

Fund
Benchmark
24.5 %
5-7 year
21.0 %
23.5 %
3-5 year
27.1 %
21.7 %
0-3 year
25.0 %
15.6 %
7-10 year
17.0 %
13.1 %
> 10 year
9.9 %
0.6 %
Cash
0.0 %
1.0 %
Other
0.0 %
Total
100 %
100 %

Sector allocation (2020-06-30)

28.9 %
Banks
14.2 %
Consumer Goods & Services
10.0 %
Telecom & Technology
9.6 %
Utilities
7.0 %
Financial Services & Real estate
6.7 %
Industry
6.4 %
Health Care
5.3 %
Sovereign bonds
4.1 %
Insurance
2.9 %
Energy
2.7 %
Other
1.8 %
Basic Materials
0.4 %
Asset Backed Securities
Total
100 %
The cash position is included in ‘Other’.

Rating allocation (2020-06-30)

Fund
Benchmark
5.3 %
AAA
0.4 %
3.3 %
AA
10.9 %
33.2 %
A
39.5 %
51.8 %
BBB
49.2 %
3.1 %
BB
0.0 %
2.5 %
Not Rated
0.0 %
0.6 %
Cash
0.0 %
Total
100 %
100 %
The rating allocation of the Fund is based on the Bloomberg Composite method. The rating allocation of the benchmark is based on the rating allocation used by provider Markit iBoxx.

Top 10 holdings (2020-06-30)

1.6 %
1.500% Duitsland 2013-23
1.5 %
4.750% Duitsland 2003-34
1.4 %
0.500% Duitsland 2016-26
1.1 %
2.875% Anheuser-Busch 2020-32
1.0 %
1.338% Wells Fargo 2020-25
1.0 %
JPMorgan EUR Liquidity LVNAV Fund C
0.8 %
0.000% KFW 2017-22
0.8 %
0.000% Enel 2019-24
0.7 %
0.250% La Banque Postale 2019-26
0.7 %
1.750% Firmenich Productions 2020-30
Total
10.6 %
Kempen (Lux) Euro Credit Fund (the “Sub-Fund”) is a sub-fund of Kempen International Funds SICAV (the “Fund”), domiciled in Luxembourg. This Fund is authorised in Luxembourg and is regulated by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier. Kempen Capital Management N.V. (KCM) is the management company of the Fund. KCM is authorised as management company and regulated by the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM).

Paying agent and representative in Switzerland is RBC Investor Services Bank S.A., Esch-sur-Alzette, Zurich Branch, Bleicherweg 7, CH-8027 Zurich. The Sub-Fund is registered with the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) under the license of the Fund.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document (available in Dutch, English and several other languages, see website) and the prospectus (available in English). These documents as well as annual report, semi-annual report and the articles of incorporation of the Fund are available free of charge at the registered office of the Fund located at 6H, route de Trèves, L-2633 Senningerberg, Luxembourg, at the offices of the representative in Switzerland and on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/en/asset-management). The information on the website is (partly) available in Dutch and English.

The Sub-Fund is registered for offering in a limited number of countries. The countries where the Sub-Fund is registered can be found on the website. The value of your investment may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future. The performance shown does not take account of any commissions and costs charged when subscribing to and redeeming units.

 

SWING FACTORS

An overview of the current swing factors are available here.

Ongoing charges

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Management fee i
0.32 %
Service fee i
0.10 %
Taxe d'abonnement i
0.05 %
Expected ongoing charges i
0,47 %
Kempen (Lux) Euro Credit Fund (the “Sub-Fund”) is a sub-fund of Kempen International Funds SICAV (the “Fund”), domiciled in Luxembourg. This Fund is authorised in Luxembourg and is regulated by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier. Kempen Capital Management N.V. (KCM) is the management company of the Fund. KCM is authorised as management company and regulated by the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM).

Paying agent and representative in Switzerland is RBC Investor Services Bank S.A., Esch-sur-Alzette, Zurich Branch, Bleicherweg 7, CH-8027 Zurich. The Sub-Fund is registered with the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) under the license of the Fund.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document (available in Dutch, English and several other languages, see website) and the prospectus (available in English). These documents as well as annual report, semi-annual report and the articles of incorporation of the Fund are available free of charge at the registered office of the Fund located at 6H, route de Trèves, L-2633 Senningerberg, Luxembourg, at the offices of the representative in Switzerland and on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/en/asset-management). The information on the website is (partly) available in Dutch and English.

The Sub-Fund is registered for offering in a limited number of countries. The countries where the Sub-Fund is registered can be found on the website. The value of your investment may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future. The performance shown does not take account of any commissions and costs charged when subscribing to and redeeming units.

Share class details

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Share class
BN i
Investor type
Private
Distributing
Yes
Benchmark i
Markit iBoxx Euro Corporates Index
Duration hedged
No
Investment category
Credits
Universum
Credits denominated in euro
Inception date
2013-10-08
Domicile
Luxembourg
May be offered to all investors in
Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom
UCITS status i
Yes
Status
Open-end i
Base currency
EUR
Share class currency
EUR
Management company
Kempen Capital Management N.V.
Depositary and custodian
J.P. Morgan Bank Luxembourg S.A.
Morningstar rating â„¢
Morningstar Analyst rating
Gold

Tradability

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Minimum subscription
Initial subscription €1
Listed
no
Subscription/Redemption Frequency
Daily
ISIN i
LU0927664382
Kempen (Lux) Euro Credit Fund (the “Sub-Fund”) is a sub-fund of Kempen International Funds SICAV (the “Fund”), domiciled in Luxembourg. This Fund is authorised in Luxembourg and is regulated by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier. Kempen Capital Management N.V. (KCM) is the management company of the Fund. KCM is authorised as management company and regulated by the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM).

Paying agent and representative in Switzerland is RBC Investor Services Bank S.A., Esch-sur-Alzette, Zurich Branch, Bleicherweg 7, CH-8027 Zurich. The Sub-Fund is registered with the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) under the license of the Fund.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document (available in Dutch, English and several other languages, see website) and the prospectus (available in English). These documents as well as annual report, semi-annual report and the articles of incorporation of the Fund are available free of charge at the registered office of the Fund located at 6H, route de Trèves, L-2633 Senningerberg, Luxembourg, at the offices of the representative in Switzerland and on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/en/asset-management). The information on the website is (partly) available in Dutch and English.

The Sub-Fund is registered for offering in a limited number of countries. The countries where the Sub-Fund is registered can be found on the website. The value of your investment may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future. The performance shown does not take account of any commissions and costs charged when subscribing to and redeeming units.
Kempen (Lux) Euro Credit Fund (the “Sub-Fund”) is a sub-fund of Kempen International Funds SICAV (the “Fund”), domiciled in Luxembourg. This Fund is authorised in Luxembourg and is regulated by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier. Kempen Capital Management N.V. (KCM) is the management company of the Fund. KCM is authorised as management company and regulated by the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM).

Paying agent and representative in Switzerland is RBC Investor Services Bank S.A., Esch-sur-Alzette, Zurich Branch, Bleicherweg 7, CH-8027 Zurich. The Sub-Fund is registered with the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) under the license of the Fund.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document (available in Dutch, English and several other languages, see website) and the prospectus (available in English). These documents as well as annual report, semi-annual report and the articles of incorporation of the Fund are available free of charge at the registered office of the Fund located at 6H, route de Trèves, L-2633 Senningerberg, Luxembourg, at the offices of the representative in Switzerland and on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/en/asset-management). The information on the website is (partly) available in Dutch and English.

The Sub-Fund is registered for offering in a limited number of countries. The countries where the Sub-Fund is registered can be found on the website. The value of your investment may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future. The performance shown does not take account of any commissions and costs charged when subscribing to and redeeming units.

Kempen's vision and mission

Kempen Capital Management is an asset manager that believes in stewardship and investment focusing on the long-term for the benefit of all stakeholders. Value creation is at the heart of the services we provide to our clients. We believe that being an engaged shareholder on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and retaining a long-term focus, is critical to helping our clients to preserve and create sustainable wealth that has positive real world impact and economic returns.

Kempen wide approach to responsible investment

We are committed to create sustainable alpha. The four pillars of our ESG-policy are:

  • ESG integration: Ensuring sustainability risks and opportunities are adequately considered in our investment analysis and processes.

  • Exclusion & avoidance: Not investing in companies involved in controversial activities or conduct.

  • Active ownership: Being responsible stewards of our clients’ capital and using our influence through engagement and voting to improve corporate behaviour on specific ESG issues and achieve positive change

  • Positive impact: Investing with an objective to achieve positive real world outcomes and impact, such as contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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To put our mission and vision into practice we engage with our investee companies on a wide array of strategic, financial, and ESG topics. As an active owner we use our influence to improve our investee companies’ ESG performance.  This helps us address some of the most pressing and important sustainability issues facing business and the world. Our focus themes for engagement are: human rights, labour rights, climate change and governance.

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Through collaboration with other investors and industry think tanks we contribute to the development of principles and standards of corporate responsibility both at sector levels, as well as investee company level.

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Our full voting records are available here.

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OUR FUND APPROACH TO RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT

Kempen’s ESG policy is fully implemented in our fund’s investment process across the three relevant pillars of:  Exclusion, Integration and Active ownership.

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1. Exclusion

In line with the general Kempen policy, the Kempen Euro Credit Strategies[1] exclude all companies on the KCM exclusion- or avoidance list. Companies on these lists are either involved in the production of controversial weapons, they derive a significant portion of their revenues from the production or distribution of tobacco, or have been involved in serious controversies.

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2. ESG Integration

Responsible Investment in the Kempen Euro Credit Strategies is not limited to the exclusion of companies. Rather, ESG criteria are an integral part of the investment process. To form a fundamental opinion on a company, the portfolio managers assess the business profile, the financial profile and the ESG profile. Research provided by MSCI ESG Research LLC is used as a basis for the ESG assessment.  Â

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A low score on ESG criteria can result in the demand for an additional premium on the company’s bonds and/or initiation of an engagement with the issuer. If ESG risks are deemed too severe, an investment in the company will be avoided and/or existing holdings will be sold.

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On a quarterly basis, the Kempen Responsible Investment team screens the holdings of the Kempen Euro Credit Strategies, and discusses the findings with the portfolio managers. Special attention is paid to companies scoring an MSCI ESG rating of B or lower, those with a ‘fail’ marked against the criteria of the UN Global Compact or those companies that attract a red flag on the MSCI ESG impact monitor. Companies in carbon intensive sectors are also given special attention.

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3. Active Ownership

For our Kempen Euro Credit Strategies, we distinguish between three types of engagement. They are i) an engagement for awareness, ii) an engagement for change, and iii) a public policy and/or systemic engagement. Engagement for awareness is aimed at raising awareness on certain issues with a company and/or collecting more information on a specific ESG issue. Engagement for change, which could follow an engagement for awareness, has the goal of achieving a specific SMART goal. The third form of engagement relates to seeking an improvement in a public policy or a system relevant to wider capital markets

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Our engagement process defines four milestones:

1. Raise concern with the company;

2. Company acknowledges the issue;

3. Company sets out a strategy / agrees to improve;

4. Company implements the strategy. Â

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Our engagement could start at any of the first three milestones. When a milestone is reached, a document of proof is attached to the engagement case and the engagement will move on to the following milestone. When the fourth milestone is reached, the engagement is closed, but we continue to monitor the company. If at any stage the company refuses to cooperate, divestment has to be considered. To measure willingness to cooperate, we set specific timelines for the engagement.

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The Kempen Euro Credit Strategies, began an engagement with Bayer in 2018, following their acquisition of Monsanto. Through the acquisition, Bayer inherited several significant controversies in the field of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The goal of our engagement is to get a formal and written statement from the company which states that they will not sue small holder farmers for the unintended use of Bayer licensed GMO crops. It also asks the company to set a target for the number of farmers that receive education on their crop protection products.

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In addition we have ongoing engagement cases with Volkswagen on its company culture, Cez on the use of thermal coal (you can find the engagement factsheet here), Glencore on climate action (you can find the engagement factsheet here) and Huntsman on ESG disclosure. In July 2018, Huntsman was upgraded from ‘CCC’ to ‘B’ by MSCI ESG, and the company’s Sustainability report, published in 2018, includes an overview of its progress towards alignment with the UN Global Compact Ten Principles for the first time.

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[1] The Kempen (Lux) Euro Credit Fund, Kempen (Lux) Euro Credit Fund Plus, Kempen (Lux) Euro Sustainable Credit Fund and Kempen (Lux) Euro High Yield Fund

Risks

For more information about the mid and long term risks associated with the investments:

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Kempen (Lux) Euro Credit Fund (the “Sub-Fund”) is a sub-fund of Kempen International Funds SICAV (the “Fund”), domiciled in Luxembourg. This Fund is authorised in Luxembourg and is regulated by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier. Kempen Capital Management N.V. (KCM) is the management company of the Fund. KCM is authorised as management company and regulated by the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM).

Paying agent and representative in Switzerland is RBC Investor Services Bank S.A., Esch-sur-Alzette, Zurich Branch, Bleicherweg 7, CH-8027 Zurich. The Sub-Fund is registered with the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) under the license of the Fund.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document (available in Dutch, English and several other languages, see website) and the prospectus (available in English). These documents as well as annual report, semi-annual report and the articles of incorporation of the Fund are available free of charge at the registered office of the Fund located at 6H, route de Trèves, L-2633 Senningerberg, Luxembourg, at the offices of the representative in Switzerland and on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/en/asset-management). The information on the website is (partly) available in Dutch and English.

The Sub-Fund is registered for offering in a limited number of countries. The countries where the Sub-Fund is registered can be found on the website. The value of your investment may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future. The performance shown does not take account of any commissions and costs charged when subscribing to and redeeming units.