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 2019-01-31 (rebased)

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Performance per 2019-01-31

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  Fund Benchmark
1 month 1.3 % 1.1 %
3 months 0.9 % 0.6 %
This year 1.3 % 1.1 %
2016 5.7 % 4.7 %
2017 2.6 % 2.4 %
2018 -0.9 % -1.3 %
1 year (on annual basis) 0.8 % 0.1 %
3 years (on annual basis) i 2.7 % 2.1 %
5 years (on annual basis) i 3.3 % 2.6 %
Since inception (on annual basis) i 3.5 % 2.8 %
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 326.35 M 2019-01-31
Share class size
EUR 296.94 M 2019-01-31
Number of shares
249,302 2019-01-31
Net Asset Value i
EUR 1,198.12 2019-02-18
Morningstar rating â„¢
Morningstar Analyst rating
Silver

Fund characteristics per 2019-01-31

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Number of holdings 255 2410
Duration i 4.7 4.9
Yield to maturity 1.3 % 1.4 %
Weighted rating A- BBB+
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 Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets. The Sub-Fund is registered with The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets under the license of the Fund.

Paying agent and representative in Switzerland is RBC Investor Services Bank S.A., Bleicherweg 7, CH-8027 Zurich, Switzerland. The Sub-Fund is registered with The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets under the license of the Fund.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document and the prospectus. These documents of the Fund are available at the registered office of the Fund located at 6H, route de Trèves, L-2633 Senningerberg, Luxembourg and on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/investmentfunds).

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.

Market developments per 2019-01-31

In January, the spread on the iBoxx Euro Corporate Index tightened by 12 basis points to 160 basis points above the government bond curve. The index earned an absolute return of 1.10%. German 10-year government bond yields closed January at 0.15%, 9 basis points lower than at the end of December.

There are increasing signs that global economic growth is weakening, particularly in Europe and in China. Examples include the economic recession in Italy, the falling IFO business climate index in Germany and Chinese car sales that in December were down 16% compared to the year earlier period. A multitude of factors seems to be responsible for the slowdown in growth, including the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, the difficult trade relations between the US and China and the impact of monetary tightening.

In spite of the deteriorating economic conditions, sentiment on the European corporate bond market underwent an almost total reversal from the negativity that dominated the fourth quarter of 2018. This U-turn in investor sentiment seems to be mainly driven by expectations that the US central bank will pursue a much less aggressive monetary policy in 2019 than had initially been feared. In December last year, Fed chairman Jay Powell claimed that the reduction in the Fed’s balance sheet was on automatic pilot and that further gradual increases in interest rates were likely. Yet Powell adopted a more nuanced tone in January. The Fed now intends to be patient on further interest rate hikes and the reduction of the balance sheet will now depend on how economic data evolve.

Subordinated bonds issued by insurers and non-financial companies performed better than average in January. At sector level, real estate and industrial goods were the star performers. Spreads on bonds issued by US conglomerate General Electric tightened by 30 to 80 basis points after the company announced additional measures to reduce its debt at an accelerated pace and improve its liquidity position.

The supply of new bonds amounted to EUR50 billion in January, about 2% up on a year earlier. Non-financial sector companies issued EUR30 billion in new bonds last month, while financial sector companies issued EUR20 billion in bonds.

Portfolio developments per 2019-01-31

During the month, the portfolio’s sensitivity to market trends varied between 105% and 110%. The portfolio therefore held a slight overweight positioning in terms of market risk.

Our positioning in the industrial goods, telecom and utilities sectors performed relatively well in January. In contrast, our positioning in the personal household goods, infrastructure and food & beverage sectors contributed negatively. Our liquidity position (in the shape of cash and government bonds) had a negative impact.

Our pair trades made a positive contribution. In particular the long position in the iTraxx Main versus the short position in Carlsberg contributed positively. The long position in AB InBev versus the short position in Carlsberg also contributed positively. Our negative basis trades on the other hand made a negative contribution, especially in Credit Suisse and Leonardo. At the end of the month the global exposure of the Fund was 115%.

At individual company level there were positive contributions from the overweights in EDF, InterContinental Hotels, General Electric and Telefonica. The overweights in Christian Dior and Deutsche Bahn, as well as the underweights in ENI, Generali and Groupama made a negative contribution.

In January, the Fund participated in new bond issues by ING, Elia, Banque Federative du Credit Mutuel, BPCE, ABN AMRO, Digital Realty Trust, ArcelorMittal, Bank of New Zealand, Deutsche Bahn, Fresenius, Enel, Vonovia, Telefonica, Argenta Spaarbank and Smurfit Kappa.

Outlook
The material tightening of spreads since the start of this year has led to a decrease in the number of interesting investment opportunities. Combined with the multiple signs of a slowdown in global economic growth and our forecast that the supply of new bonds will increase significantly in the next few months as a result of the attractive rates at which companies can obtain funding, we have decided to reduce the level of risk in the portfolio.
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 Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets. The Sub-Fund is registered with The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets under the license of the Fund.

Paying agent and representative in Switzerland is RBC Investor Services Bank S.A., Bleicherweg 7, CH-8027 Zurich, Switzerland. The Sub-Fund is registered with The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets under the license of the Fund.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document and the prospectus. These documents of the Fund are available at the registered office of the Fund located at 6H, route de Trèves, L-2633 Senningerberg, Luxembourg and on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/investmentfunds).

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.

Performance per 2019-01-31 (rebased)

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Performance per 2019-01-31

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  Fund Benchmark
1 month 1.3 % 1.1 %
3 months 0.9 % 0.6 %
This year 1.3 % 1.1 %
2016 5.7 % 4.7 %
2017 2.6 % 2.4 %
2018 -0.9 % -1.3 %
1 year (on annual basis) 0.8 % 0.1 %
3 years (on annual basis) i 2.7 % 2.1 %
5 years (on annual basis) i 3.3 % 2.6 %
Since inception (on annual basis) i 3.5 % 2.8 %
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 Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets. The Sub-Fund is registered with The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets under the license of the Fund.

Paying agent and representative in Switzerland is RBC Investor Services Bank S.A., Bleicherweg 7, CH-8027 Zurich, Switzerland. The Sub-Fund is registered with The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets under the license of the Fund.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document and the prospectus. These documents of the Fund are available at the registered office of the Fund located at 6H, route de Trèves, L-2633 Senningerberg, Luxembourg and on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/investmentfunds).

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.

Maturity profile (2019-01-31)

Fund
Benchmark
31.5 %
5-7 year
19.3 %
24.1 %
3-5 year
27.4 %
18.4 %
0-3 year
26.1 %
15.9 %
7-10 year
19.5 %
10.0 %
> 10 year
7.7 %
0.1 %
Cash
0.0 %
Totaal
100 %
100 %

Sector allocation (2019-01-31)

26.8 %
Banks
16.5 %
Consumer Goods & Services
8.6 %
Other
8.2 %
Utilities
7.4 %
Telecom & Technology
7.3 %
Industry
7.1 %
Financial Services & Real estate
5.5 %
Health Care
5.1 %
Insurance
2.7 %
Basic Materials
2.2 %
Sovereign bonds
1.1 %
Energy
1.0 %
Asset Backed Securities
0.5 %
Index CDS
Totaal
100 %
The cash position is included in ‘Other’.

Rating allocation (2019-01-31)

Fund
Benchmark
2.6 %
AAA
0.5 %
2.8 %
AA
11.1 %
32.1 %
A
39.1 %
51.9 %
BBB
49.3 %
6.6 %
BB
0.0 %
3.9 %
Not Rated
0.0 %
0.1 %
Cash
0.0 %
Totaal
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 (2019-01-31)

2.6 %
1.250% KFW 2016-36
1.0 %
1.000% Argenta Spaarbank 2019-24
1.0 %
1.500% Enel Finance 2019-25
1.0 %
1.375% Tesco 2018-23
1.0 %
1.375% Christian Dior 2014-19
1.0 %
2.000% Nokia 2017-24
0.9 %
2.125% Intercontinental Hotels 2018-27
0.9 %
1.300% Relx Capital 2015-25
0.9 %
1.750% Bevco Lux 2018-23
0.9 %
1.000% Richemont 2018-26
Totaal
11.3 %
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 Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets. The Sub-Fund is registered with The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets under the license of the Fund.

Paying agent and representative in Switzerland is RBC Investor Services Bank S.A., Bleicherweg 7, CH-8027 Zurich, Switzerland. The Sub-Fund is registered with The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets under the license of the Fund.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document and the prospectus. These documents of the Fund are available at the registered office of the Fund located at 6H, route de Trèves, L-2633 Senningerberg, Luxembourg and on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/investmentfunds).

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.

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 Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets. The Sub-Fund is registered with The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets under the license of the Fund.

Paying agent and representative in Switzerland is RBC Investor Services Bank S.A., Bleicherweg 7, CH-8027 Zurich, Switzerland. The Sub-Fund is registered with The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets under the license of the Fund.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document and the prospectus. These documents of the Fund are available at the registered office of the Fund located at 6H, route de Trèves, L-2633 Senningerberg, Luxembourg and on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/investmentfunds).

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.

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.
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 Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets. The Sub-Fund is registered with The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets under the license of the Fund.

Paying agent and representative in Switzerland is RBC Investor Services Bank S.A., Bleicherweg 7, CH-8027 Zurich, Switzerland. The Sub-Fund is registered with The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets under the license of the Fund.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document and the prospectus. These documents of the Fund are available at the registered office of the Fund located at 6H, route de Trèves, L-2633 Senningerberg, Luxembourg and on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/investmentfunds).

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.
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 Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets. The Sub-Fund is registered with The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets under the license of the Fund.

Paying agent and representative in Switzerland is RBC Investor Services Bank S.A., Bleicherweg 7, CH-8027 Zurich, Switzerland. The Sub-Fund is registered with The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets under the license of the Fund.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document and the prospectus. These documents of the Fund are available at the registered office of the Fund located at 6H, route de Trèves, L-2633 Senningerberg, Luxembourg and on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/investmentfunds).

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.

KCM Vision

Kempen Capital Management is an asset manager with a long-term investment approach. We strongly believe in engaged shareholdership that benefits all stakeholders. As a long-term responsible investor, we firmly believe that active ownership and shareholder engagement contribute to positive change across the board.

Our KCM wide approach to responsible investment

To put our vision into action we engage with our investment targets on a wide array of strategic, financial, environmental, social and governance (ESG) topics. Our long-term investment worldview paired with thorough analysis and an experienced and diverse ESG team allow us to use both voting and engagement as means to consistently encourage positive change. Through this process of constructive engagement, we are able to contribute to the development of principles and standards of corporate responsibility within companies that we invest in. Our full voting records are available here.

Our fund approach to Responsible Investment

The Kempen credit funds do not invest in companies that are either on the KCM exclusion or avoidance list. The focus in Kempen (Lux) Euro Credit Fund and Kempen (Lux) Euro Credit Fund + lies with the worst performing companies in terms of ESG. Companies that have a MSCI ESG rating ? B (on a scale where AAA is the highest and CCC is the lowest), a fail on the UN Global compact or a red flag on Impact Monitor, are selected for further analysis. Our sector specialist assesses the materiality of the ESG issue and its implications for the credit profile of the company. If an issue is deemed material, our first objective is to engage with the company on the issue. If we can conclude from the engagement that the ESG concerns are not structural and if the company is willing to improve, we make an adjustment in the determination of the relative value of the company's securities. In severe cases where we do not see any prospect of improvement we forego investment in the company.

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 Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets. The Sub-Fund is registered with The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets under the license of the Fund.

Paying agent and representative in Switzerland is RBC Investor Services Bank S.A., Bleicherweg 7, CH-8027 Zurich, Switzerland. The Sub-Fund is registered with The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets under the license of the Fund.

The information in this document provides insufficient information for an investment decision. Please read the Key Investor Document and the prospectus. These documents of the Fund are available at the registered office of the Fund located at 6H, route de Trèves, L-2633 Senningerberg, Luxembourg and on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/investmentfunds).

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.