Kempen Lux Euro Credit Fund Plus - Class I

Profile

Kempen International Funds SICAV - Kempen (Lux) Euro Credit Fund Plus (the Fund) invests primarily in credits that have an investment grade rating (of minimal BBB-) and mostly 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. This is realized by also using non-investment grade bonds. In addition, instruments such as asset backed securities, credit default swaps and loans listed in other currencies can be used. In the process there will be explicitly looked at efficient use of these instruments and with particular attention to managing investment risks of the portfolio as a whole. 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.

It has been decided to soft open the Fund as per 22 February 2018. The Fund will accept daily inflow below EUR 2 million from both existing and new investors. For investments greater than EUR 2 million please contact the Fund’s relationship manager. 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 2019-09-30 (rebased)

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Performance per 2019-09-30

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  Fund Benchmark
1 month -0.7 % -0.8 %
3 months 1.5 % 1.3 %
This year 7.6 % 6.8 %
2016 5.7 % 4.7 %
2017 2.6 % 2.4 %
2018 -0.9 % -1.3 %
1 year (on annual basis) 7.0 % 6.2 %
3 years (on annual basis) i 2.7 % 2.2 %
5 years (on annual basis) i 3.4 % 2.6 %
Since inception (on annual basis) i 4.1 % 3.4 %
Performance is shown after deduction of ongoing charges. 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 499.78 M 2019-09-30
Share class size
EUR 243.58 M 2019-09-30
Number of shares
192,609 2019-09-30
Net Asset Value i
EUR 1,258.79 2019-10-18
Morningstar rating â„¢
Morningstar Analyst rating
Silver

Fund characteristics per 2019-09-30

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  Fund Benchmark
Number of holdings 295 2660
Duration i 4.7 5.1
Yield to maturity 0.5 % 0.5 %
Kempen (Lux) Euro Credit Fund Plus (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.

Market developments per 2019-09-30

In September, the spread on the iBoxx Euro Corporate Index widened by 3 basis points to 124 basis points above the government bond curve. The index earned an absolute return of -0.81%. German 10-year government bond yields closed September at -0.57%, an increase of 13 basis points compared to the end of August.

In an effort to stimulate the Eurozone economy and, in particular, prevent deflationary trends from becoming persistent, the ECB announced a package of measures on the 12th of September. The measures included: 1) a 10 basis point reduction in the deposit rate to -0.5%; 2) plans to purchase EUR 20 billion of bonds a month beginning in November; 3) a tweaking of the terms of the new TLTRO program to support banks and, finally; 4) a new tiering system for remunerating banks’ reserves that will exempt part of banks’ excess liquidity from being hit by the negative deposit facility rate. The ECB’s forward guidance for maintaining low interest rates has now been extended indefinitely and any future rate increase has become dependent on inflation outlooks being sufficiently close to the 2% targeted level. This is in contrast to the previous guidance which suggested the ECB would only refrain from increasing interest rates at least through the first half of 2020.

Global economic indicators continue to weaken. Whereas manufacturing indicators had been particularly poor in countries like Germany, this weakness has now spread to countries such as France and the United States. The ISM manufacturing figure for the US, for example, for the month of September, came in at a much weaker than expected level of 47.8. Whilst activity in the services sectors has remained at levels conducive to economic growth, there is now a clear risk that the recent decoupling in growth trajectories between the manufacturing and services sectors will come to an end in the coming months. Barring a, currently unexpected, end to the global trade uncertainty caused by the more adversarial posturing taken by the US government, manufacturing companies are likely to begin rightsizing their business to the lower level of demand for their products. In so far as this rightsizing will be accompanied by large scale job losses, the services sector may also come under pressure as consumer confidence begins to wane and unemployment picks up.

A catalyst for an improving global economic backdrop would be greater fiscal stimulus from some of the Eurozone member states that are currently running budget surpluses, notably Germany and the Netherlands. So far, the German government appears unwilling to proactively stimulate the economy through meaningful tax cuts or large-scale infrastructure investments. In fact, the German government’s recently launched initiatives targeting reductions in CO2 emissions may not stimulate the overall economy, as they are being funded by substantial tax increases on polluting activities. One tentative bright spot in the global economy appears to be the US housing market. On the back of the lower interest rate environment and the relatively easy process by which US households can refinance their mortgage debt, home sales have recently picked-up and housebuilder confidence is rising.

General Electric bonds recovered strongly following last month’s underperformance. The company addressed concerns about its liquidity by raising USD 2.7 billion in cash through a further reduction in its stake in oilfield services group Baker Hughes. Subsequently, the company launched a USD 5 billion tender offer for Euro- and USD-denominated bonds.

The worst performing sector during the month of September was the personal & household goods sector. Increasing reports from US healthcare authorities about lung-related illnesses affecting individuals using vaping devices increased investor concerns that there will be a far-reaching regulatory clampdown on the use of such devices. Tobacco companies have invested heavily in these devices in expectation that growth in their use would help offset declining sales of traditional cigarettes. US-based Altria is especially exposed to the negative headlines, given that it had acquired a 35% stake in vaping device manufacturer Juul Labs for USD 12.8 billion last year. Spreads on the bonds of Altria widened by approximately 30bp during the month, also as a result of the planned merger with better-rated Philip Morris International collapsing.

The supply of new bonds was EUR 80 billion in September. This was the highest monthly level of supply during 2019 and represented an almost threefold increase from August and a 53% 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 29 billion in new bonds. New bonds totalling EUR 436 billion were issued in the first nine months of this year, representing an increase of 25% compared to the same period last year.

Portfolio developments per 2019-09-30

During the month the portfolio’s sensitivity to market trends varied between 100% and 107%. The portfolio therefore held a relatively neutral to slightly overweight positioning in terms of market risk.

Our positioning in the industrial goods & services, health care and personal & household goods sectors performed relatively well in September. In contrast, our positioning in the infrastructure, media and retail sectors contributed negatively. Our liquidity position (in the shape of cash and government bonds) had a positive impact.

Our pair trades had a negative contribution. By contrast, our negative basis trades contributed positively. Particularly the negative basis trade in Leonardo made a positive contribution. Our short positions in BMW, Anglo American and Diageo contributed positively. At the end of the month, the global exposure of the Fund was 112%.

At individual company level, positive contributions came from the overweights in General Electric, Thermo Fisher, Danaher, PVH and Phoenix Group, as well as from the underweights in EDF, BAT and Altria. In contrast, the overweights in Abertis, NN Group and Deutsche Bahn, as well as the underweights in Intesa Sanpaolo and Auchan contributed negatively to the return.

In September, the Fund participated in new bond issues from SNAM, RTE, Schlumberger, Covivio, La Poste, Danaher, Verizon, GlaxoSmithKline, TLG Immobilien, Wintershall Dea, Abertis, Alstria, Thermo Fisher, Vonovia and Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets.

Outlook
Given increased evidence of a slowing global economy, and our expectations that upcoming Q3 earnings result may disappoint, we intend to maintain a relatively defensive positioning in the portfolio. The revival of the ECB’s corporate bond buying program, and ongoing inflows into the investment grade credits asset class will, however, limit the extent to which we go underweight.
Kempen (Lux) Euro Credit Fund Plus (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 2019-09-30 (rebased)

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Performance per 2019-09-30

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  Fund Benchmark
1 month -0.7 % -0.8 %
3 months 1.5 % 1.3 %
This year 7.6 % 6.8 %
2016 5.7 % 4.7 %
2017 2.6 % 2.4 %
2018 -0.9 % -1.3 %
1 year (on annual basis) 7.0 % 6.2 %
3 years (on annual basis) i 2.7 % 2.2 %
5 years (on annual basis) i 3.4 % 2.6 %
Since inception (on annual basis) i 4.1 % 3.4 %
Performance is shown after deduction of ongoing charges. The value of your investments may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future.

Dividends

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Distributing
No
Kempen (Lux) Euro Credit Fund Plus (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 (2019-09-30)

Fund
Benchmark
29.2 %
3-5 year
27.4 %
25.4 %
5-7 year
20.5 %
16.9 %
0-3 year
25.8 %
15.7 %
7-10 year
17.7 %
12.1 %
> 10 year
8.7 %
0.7 %
Cash
0.0 %
Total
100 %
100 %

Sector allocation (2019-09-30)

30.0 %
Banks
11.3 %
Other
10.8 %
Consumer Goods & Services
8.9 %
Telecom & Technology
8.6 %
Utilities
8.4 %
Industry
7.1 %
Health Care
6.6 %
Financial Services & Real estate
3.1 %
Energy
2.3 %
Insurance
1.8 %
Sovereign bonds
0.7 %
Basic Materials
0.5 %
Asset Backed Securities
Total
100 %
The cash position is included in ‘Other’.

Rating allocation (2019-09-30)

Fund
Benchmark
1.8 %
AAA
0.4 %
3.4 %
AA
10.7 %
39.0 %
A
39.4 %
50.4 %
BBB
49.5 %
3.1 %
BB
0.0 %
1.6 %
Not Rated
0.0 %
0.7 %
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 (2019-09-30)

1.4 %
1.250% Renault 2019-25
1.2 %
1.250% KFW 2016-36
0.8 %
2.500% Volkswagen Bank 2019-26
0.8 %
0.500% Banque Fed Cred Mutuel 2018-22
0.8 %
1.750% Morgan Stanley 2016-24
0.8 %
0.840% Wintershall Dea 2019-25
0.8 %
0.625% BPCE 2018-23
0.8 %
2.625% Akzo Nobel 2012-22
0.8 %
0.750% Banque Fed Cred Mutuel 2019-23
0.7 %
0.875% General Electric 2017-25
Total
8.9 %
Kempen (Lux) Euro Credit Fund Plus (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.

Ongoing charges

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Management fee i
0.42 %
Service fee i
0.10 %
Taxe d'abonnement i
0.01 %
Expected ongoing charges i
0,53 %

Other costs

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Upward swing factor i
0.20 %
Downward swing factor i
0.20 %
The swingfactor is applicable if the sum of in and outflow (end trading day) is more than a pre defined percentage ( the so called ‘threshold’) of the fund size. The level of the threshold 1%. As of 1 January 2018 the swing factor has been adjusted from 0.25%/0.25% to 0.20%/0.20%.
Kempen (Lux) Euro Credit Fund Plus (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
I i
Investor type
Institutional
Distributing
No
Benchmark i
Markit iBoxx Euro Corporates Index
Duration hedged
No
Investment category
Credits
Universum
Credits
Inception date
2013-12-10
Domicile
Luxembourg
May be offered to professional investors only in
Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Sweden, 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
Silver

Tradability

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Minimum subscription
Initial subscription: €50,000, additional subscriptions: €10,000
Listed
no
Subscription/Redemption Frequency
Daily
ISIN i
LU0986645306
Kempen (Lux) Euro Credit Fund Plus (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 Plus (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

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Although Kempen Capital Management N.V.’s information providers, including without limitation, MSCI ESG Research LLC and its affiliates (the “ESG Parties”), obtain information from sources they consider reliable, none of the ESG Parties warrants or guarantees the originality, accuracy and/or completeness of any data herein. None of the ESG Parties makes any express or implied warranties of any kind, and the ESG Parties hereby expressly disclaim all warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, with respect to any data herein. None of the ESG Parties shall have any liability for any errors or omissions in connection with any data herein. Further, without limiting any of the foregoing, in no event shall any of the ESG Parties have any liability for any direct, indirect, special, punitive, consequential or any other damages (including lost profits) even if notified of the possibility of such damages.

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Kempen (Lux) Euro Credit Fund Plus (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.