Kempen Lux Euro Sustainable Credit Fund - Class AN


Kempen International Funds SICAV - Kempen (Lux) Euro Sustainable Credit Fund (the Fund) invests primarily in credits that have an investment grade rating (of minimal BBB-) and are denominated in Euros. In addition, these companies must comply with strict sustainability criteria. 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 2018-10-31 (rebased)

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Performance per 2018-10-31

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1 month -0.1 % -0.1 %
This year -0.1 % -0.3 %
Since inception (on annual basis) i -0.1 % -0.3 %
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 193.31 M 2018-10-31
Share class size
EUR 0.00 M 2018-10-31
Number of shares
40 2018-10-31
Net Asset Value i
EUR 24.83 2018-12-12

Fund characteristics per 2018-10-31

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Number of holdings 248 2372
Duration i 5.2 5.0
Yield to maturity 1.3 % 1.5 %
Weighted rating A- BBB+

Market developments per 2018-10-31

In October, the spread on the iBoxx Euro Corporate Index widened by 15 basis points to 145 basis points above the government bond curve. The index earned an absolute return of -0.16%. German 10-year government bond yields closed October at 0.38%, a decline of 9 basis points compared to the end of September.

A number of risks have preoccupied investors for some time now, such as the growing trade war between China and the US, the possibility of a hard Brexit, Italy’s high level of sovereign debt and the possibility of the US central bank implementing further interest rate hikes. It appeared to be therefore two different specific developments that contributed to the significant decrease in risk appetite in October compared to last month.

Firstly, third quarter corporate results in the US and Europe were worse than expected. Management teams attributed the worse-than-expected earnings and downward adjustments to guidance on a wide range of factors including higher costs for commodities-, transport- and labour, depreciating currencies in several emerging markets and slowing economic growth in Europe and China. Declining sales of new cars in China and Europe led not just to lower earnings for companies in the auto sector, but also to lower earnings at companies in adjacent sectors, such as chemicals and industrial goods.

In addition to the worse-than-expected corporate results, the second main development that contributed to weakness in the corporate bond market was the ongoing outflows from the asset class. The ECB’s relatively high use of its CSPP programme (EUR3.5 billion was bought in October) was unable to neutralise the negative impact stemming from these outflows.

In contrast to last month, subordinated bonds issued by banks and insurers performed poorly. The relatively poor corporate results over the third quarter meant that the auto sector was also among the worst performing sectors.

The supply of new bonds amounted to EUR18 billion in October, about 65% down on September and 40% down on the same month last year. Non-financial sector companies issued EUR15 billion in new bonds last month, while financial sector companies issued EUR3 billion in new bonds. Bonds worth EUR367 billion were issued in the first ten months of this year, a decrease of about 5% compared to the same period last year.

Portfolio developments per 2018-10-31

The Fund aims to avoid investments that act in breach with the VFI Richtlijn Financieel Beheer Goede Doelen (VFI Directive Financial Management Charities). De VFI Directive consists of basic guidelines and additional guidelines. The basic guideline advises institutions to investigate investments on violations of among others human rights, corruption and protection of the environment. The additional guideline is developed for organisations that want to apply stricter sustainability criteria in the investment policy. This directive includes further exclusions of companies involved in for example nuclear power, alcohol, tobacco, laboratory animals, adult entertainment and genetic modification. Each quarter, the investment universe is screened for violation of the VFI Directive. This screening is conducted based on the MSCI ESG Research database.

During the month, the portfolio’s sensitivity to market trends varied between 93% and 97%. The portfolio therefore held an underweight positioning in terms of market risk.

Our positioning in the non-banking financial services sector, as well as in the utilities- and auto sectors performed relatively well in October. In contrast, our positioning in the media, telecom and industrial goods and services sectors contributed negatively. Our liquidity position (in the shape of cash and government bonds) made a positive contribution.

At individual company level, positive contributions came from the overweights in Equinor, Enexis and Eurogrid, as well as the underweights in General Electric (excluded), Volkswagen (excluded) and Daimler. The overweights in DS Smith, ADO Properties and AT&T, as well as the underweights in Rabobank and Sanofi, contributed negatively.
In October, the Fund participated in new bond issues by e.g. Amphenol, Nederlandse Gasunie, CPI Group, Commerzbank, Tesco, CaixaBank, Schlumberger, Atos, Prologis and ALD.

The bond issued by French car lease company ALD is what is known as a Positive Impact Bond. Proceeds from this bond will be used exclusively to finance a portfolio of 14,348 electric and hybrid electric cars. These cars deliver a net positive contribution to reducing greenhouse gases and NOx emissions.

We will maintain our conservative positioning for the time being. This reflects our concerns about the trend for de-allocation from the corporate bond asset class, the further tapering of the ECB’s CSPP programme later this year and the higher idiosyncratic risks at companies.

As a result of the material widening in spreads since the start of this year, we can identify interesting investment opportunities that we will use to selectively add more risk to the portfolio.

Performance per 2018-10-31 (rebased)

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Performance per 2018-10-31

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1 month -0.1 % -0.1 %
This year -0.1 % -0.3 %
Since inception (on annual basis) i -0.1 % -0.3 %
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.


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Maturity profile (2018-10-31)

24.1 %
3-5 year
28.2 %
22.2 %
0-3 year
24.7 %
22.1 %
5-7 year
19.2 %
18.0 %
7-10 year
20.4 %
11.6 %
> 10 year
7.6 %
2.0 %
0.0 %
100 %
100 %

Sector allocation (2018-10-31)

33.5 %
13.3 %
Consumer Goods & Services
12.6 %
7.6 %
6.8 %
Telecom & Technology
5.4 %
5.3 %
Financial Services & Real estate
4.6 %
3.5 %
Health Care
2.7 %
1.4 %
Basic Materials
1.4 %
Sovereign bonds
1.1 %
Asset Backed Securities
1.0 %
100 %
The cash position is included in ‘Other’.

Rating allocation (2018-10-31)

5.5 %
0.5 %
7.7 %
10.8 %
36.9 %
40.0 %
43.7 %
48.7 %
1.9 %
0.0 %
2.3 %
Not Rated
0.0 %
2.0 %
0.0 %
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 (2018-10-31)

1.9 %
2.875% Equinor 2013-25
1.6 %
1.500% Enexis 2015-23
1.5 %
3.875% Eurogrid 2010-20
1.4 %
2.500% Duitsland 2010-21
1.2 %
1.000% OMV 2017-26
1.1 %
0.625% BPCE 2018-23
1.1 %
0.500% Daimler 2016-19
1.0 %
0.000% KFW 2016-21
1.0 %
2.375% Priceline 2014-24
1.0 %
0.625% Landwirtsch.Rentenbank 2015-30
12.9 %

Ongoing charges

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Management fee i
0.32 %
Service fee i
0.15 %
Taxe d'abonnement i
0.05 %
Expected ongoing charges i
0.52 %

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%.

Share class details

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Share class
AN i
Investor type
Benchmark i
Markit iBoxx Euro Corporates Index
Duration hedged
Investment category
European credits
Inception date
May be offered to all investors in
France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands
UCITS status i
Open-end i
Base currency
Share class currency
Management company
Kempen Capital Management N.V.
J.P. Morgan Bank Luxembourg S.A.


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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 (Lux) Euro Sustainable Credit Fund has a more strict ESG process than other in-house credit funds. In addition to exclusion of companies that are on the general KCM exclusion list, it excludes companies that have violate the UN Global compact or the additional ethical guidelines, such as companies associated with nuclear energy, coal, alcohol, tobacco, adult entertainment and gambling. Furthermore, besides excluding companies associated with the production of controversial weapons, our definition includes any sort of military weapons.

An engagement approach is chosen for companies that are involved in GMO, factory farming, animal testing or if less than 5% of their revenue is derived from the production of fur or fur products.