Kempen (Lux) Global Small-cap Fund - Class A

Profile

Kempen (Lux) Global Small-cap Fund (the Fund) invests primarily in global smaller listed companies, with maximum market value at the time of the initial purchase of €4bn, or the highest value of any company included in the benchmark, whichever is greater. The benchmark is the MSCI World Small Cap Index. The Fund primarily aims to generate a better long-term return than the benchmark.

The portfolio construction process involves a disciplined end to end framework initially utilizing proprietary in-house stock filters screening for high quality and attractively valued stocks. Thereafter, fundamental in-house research is carried out to identify high conviction investment ideas. The end result is a portfolio of approximately 60 - 90 stocks, well diversified across all regions and sectors.

Management team

Jan Willem Berghuis, Maarten Vankan, Chris Kaashoek, Luuk Jagtenberg

Performance per 2019-05-31 (rebased)

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Performance per 2019-05-31

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  Fund Benchmark
1 month -8.6 % -6.0 %
3 months -4.3 % -2.1 %
This year 9.3 % 12.4 %
2018 -1.2 % -5.8 %
1 year (on annual basis) -4.1 % -4.0 %
Since inception (on annual basis) i 6.8 % 5.0 %
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. As of 30 June 2018 a deviating Net Asset Value (NAV) is used for the calculation of the performance figures. This NAV is calculated based on closing prices of the Fund investments thereby deviating from the NAV which was originally issued and partly calculated based on snapshots (Asia & Pacific investments). The deviating NAV is used to make a better comparison with the benchmark, which is also solely based on closing prices of the investments.
More information can be found on the documents page of this fund

Key figures

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Total fund size
EUR 442.27 M 2019-05-31
Share class size
EUR 7.38 M 2019-05-31
Number of shares
274,047 2019-05-31
Net Asset Value i
EUR 27.41 2019-06-26

Fund characteristics per 2019-05-31

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  Fund Benchmark
Number of holdings 75 4383
Dividend yield i 2.67 % 2.19 %
Weighted average market capitalization i EUR 2,506 M EUR 2,803 M
P/E ratio i 11.79 15.33
Active share i 97.69 %
Kempen (Lux) Global Small-cap 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 Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets.

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 2019-05-31

During the month of May the Fund (I-class) was down 8.5% and the MSCI World Small-cap index was down 6.0%, the worst relative result since July 2015. The underperformance was driven by weak stock selection in the US and Europe and partially compensated by outperformance in Japan. A significant part of the underperformance was realized in the consumer discretionary sector. During the month of May the factor value underperformed significantly which in our view is the main reason for the underperformance. From a bottom up newsflow point of view the picture is fortunately less bleak as we will explain below. We are clearly not pleased with the performance of our Fund in May as the Fund (I-class) is now lagging the benchmark by 2.7% after costs (year to date). The Fund is still slightly ahead of the MSCI World Small cap Value index for the year. Based on our past experiences, volatile environments like the one seen right now, have created excellent opportunities for us as long-term investors.

Three top contributing stocks during the month of May were DeNA (+31%), Strategic Education (+24%) and RenaissanceRe (+13%). DeNA's stock was up 31% in May and contributed more than 90bps to the portfolio return. At the time of the Q4 results announcement DeNA announced that its Board of Directors had passed a resolution related to a significant share repurchase program. This was one of our key points in our engagement with the company and we applaud the decision taken by the board. Additionally the company announced an exciting new partnership with the Pokemon Company. The two companies plan to launch a new smartphone game this fiscal year. DeNA was the biggest position of the Fund at the start and while we took some profit it was still the biggest position at the end of the month. Strategic Education’s share price rose 24% driven by extremely strong results reported on 2 May 2019. The company beat expectations on all key KPIs. We also think the Strategic Education stock benefitted as it is seen as a safe haven given the current risks around an escalating global trade war. RenaissanceRe Holdings' share price was up 13% in May in which it reported strongQ1 2019 results. RenaissanceRe reported 25% premium growth and was positive about the improved pricing environment. Finally management was positive on the TMR acquisition which will be consolidated as of Q2 2019 and should at least US$100m to net income

Negative contributors in May were Abercrombie & Fitch (-42%), Bed Bath and Beyond (-24%), and Brunswick (-18%). Abercrombie & Fitch's stock price was down 42% in the month of May. The company reported strong Q1 results but guided down its Q2 results. In our view there was also some confusion related to the announced closing of three flagships stores. The full year outlook has been maintained and we view the stock price reaction as a significant overreaction. We remain impressed by the successful execution of the turnaround plans and we think the current valuation at 2.6 EV to EBITDA does not reflect the fundamentals of ANF. Bed Bath and Beyond’s stock price was down 24% in May. We attribute this decline mainly to concerns investors have around the health of the US consumer and the tariff related headlines. The stock specific newsflow however was very favorable in our view. The company announced a CEO transition plan in May which was the top priority of our investment case. Additionally, on 29 May Bed Bath & Beyond announced it had entered into a cooperation and support agreement with the Activist Investor Group which we also view as a very positive development. The key next step for BBBY is the hiring of a top notch new CEO. We believe a high-profile CEO should be able to turn BBBY around and if successful investors will be rewarded with triple digit return. Brunswick's stock declined 18% in the month of May. We attribute this decline mainly to concerns investors have around the health of the US consumer and the tariff related headlines (China and Mexico). In the beginning of May, Brunswick announced the sale of its fitness division which we applaud. The agreed upon sales price was at the high end of our expectation. The majority of the proceeds will be used for share repurchases and these will be more valuable after this decline of the stock price. Additionally Brunswick announced a small acquisition in May of the Freedom Boat Club, world's largest boat club operator with over 20k members and 170 locations across the US, Canada and Europe.

 

The latest Quarterly you will find here.

Portfolio developments per 2019-05-31

The Fund invests world-wide in smaller companies (small-caps). One attractive feature of small-caps is that they are generally monitored by a small number of analysts, which leaves plenty of opportunity to add value as active investors. When looking for new investment opportunities, screening is applied to reduce the investment universe to a manageable size of 500 companies. We screen for companies that are of above-average quality and that are attractively valued. Extensive fundamental analysis is done on both existing portfolio companies and new portfolio candidates. This includes analysis of the company’s public filings (like annual reports) and comprehensive dialogues with the management teams of companies that we invest in. For each stock we base our investment decision on an extensive investment case, which is supported by a proprietary financial model. ESG topics (Environmental, Social and Governance) are fully integrated in our investment process. The result is a well-diversified portfolio of 60-90 companies spread across sectors and regions. Many portfolio companies have leading positions in the niche markets in which they operate. The companies in the portfolio typically have robust balance sheets and high returns on capital employed, which indicates that these companies are structurally capable of increasing shareholder value via their operations. The portfolio has a more attractive price earnings ratio versus the benchmark.
Kempen (Lux) Global Small-cap 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 Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets.

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 2019-05-31 (rebased)

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Performance per 2019-05-31

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  Fund Benchmark
1 month -8.6 % -6.0 %
3 months -4.3 % -2.1 %
This year 9.3 % 12.4 %
2018 -1.2 % -5.8 %
1 year (on annual basis) -4.1 % -4.0 %
Since inception (on annual basis) i 6.8 % 5.0 %
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. As of 30 June 2018 a deviating Net Asset Value (NAV) is used for the calculation of the performance figures. This NAV is calculated based on closing prices of the Fund investments thereby deviating from the NAV which was originally issued and partly calculated based on snapshots (Asia & Pacific investments). The deviating NAV is used to make a better comparison with the benchmark, which is also solely based on closing prices of the investments.

Dividends

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Distributing
No
Kempen (Lux) Global Small-cap 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 Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets.

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.

Top 5 contribution (2019-05-31)

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  Contribution i Performance i
Dena 0.94 % 30.48 %
Strayer Education 0.29 % 23.44 %
RenaissanceRe 0.27 % 12.92 %
Fujitec 0.20 % 7.79 %
Kojamo OYJ 0.13 % 13.99 %

Bottom 5 contribution (2019-05-31)

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  Contribution i Performance i
Abercrombie & Fitch -0.79 % -41.02 %
Bed Bath & Beyond -0.76 % -23.32 %
Brunswick -0.57 % -18.12 %
Vesuvius -0.45 % -21.06 %
PostNL -0.45 % -30.38 %

Geographic allocation (2019-05-31)

52.8 %
North America
27.2 %
Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA)
15.0 %
Japan
2.7 %
Asia Pacific ex Japan
2.4 %
Other
Total
100 %
The cash position is included in ‘Other’.

Top 10 holdings (2019-05-31)

3.7 %
Dena
3.1 %
Fujitec
3.0 %
First Solar
2.7 %
Brunswick
2.7 %
Bed Bath & Beyond
2.5 %
RenaissanceRe
2.2 %
Thermon Group
2.0 %
Mizrahi Tefahot Bank
2.0 %
Vesuvius
2.0 %
American Equity Invt Life
Total
26.0 %

Sector allocation (2019-05-31)

27.2 %
Financials
24.4 %
Industrials
12.1 %
Technology
10.0 %
Consumer services
8.1 %
Consumer goods
6.6 %
Basic Materials
4.5 %
Health Care
3.5 %
Oil & gas
2.4 %
Other
1.1 %
Telecommunications
Total
100 %
The cash position is included in ‘Other’.
Kempen (Lux) Global Small-cap 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 Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets.

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
1.50 %
Service fee i
0.20 %
Taxe d'abonnement i
0.05 %
Expected ongoing charges i
1,75%

Other costs

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Upward swing factor i
0.30 %
Downward swing factor i
0.25 %
Kempen (Lux) Global Small-cap 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 Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets.

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
A i
Investor type
Private
Distributing
No
Benchmark i
MSCI World Small Cap Index
Investment category
Small-caps
Universum
Global Small- & Mid-caps
Inception date
2018-03-26
Domicile
Luxembourg
May be offered to all investors in
Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands
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.

Tradability

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Minimum subscription
Initial subscription €1
Listed
no
Subscription/Redemption Frequency
Daily
ISIN i
LU1078120166
Kempen (Lux) Global Small-cap 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 Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets.

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) Global Small-cap 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 Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets.

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's vision & 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

The fund’s investment objective is to offer investors the opportunity to invest in an actively and professionally managed portfolio of smaller listed companies worldwide, while at the same time complying with strict exclusion and sustainability criteria.

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Our ESG policy is fully implemented in our fund’s investment process across the three relevant pillars of: Exclusion, ESG integration and Active ownership. The figure 'ESG integration in the investment process' offers a step-by-step illustration of this implementation in our fund’s investment process.

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1. ExclusionÂ

Our fund applies an automatic screen at the start of our investment process to exclude companies that are not sustainable. Our overall exclusion framework screens out investment in entities involved in the production of tobacco and of controversial weapons such as cluster munitions, anti-personnel mines, nuclear warheads, chemical and biological weapons.

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For the Global small-cap strategy we additionally exclude entities involved in adult entertainment, gambling, thermal coal and weaponry. Furthermore, we only invest in companies that pass the UN Global Compact criteria and therefore exclude companies that receive a Watch List or Fail status.

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The next step in our process, the ‘Quick Scan’ phase, helps us to avoid companies that do not meet our sustainability screening criteria based on their activities and conduct. We apply a checklist to screen each company using MSCI ESG Research and Sustainalytics data.

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2. ESG integrationÂ

In the fundamental analysis we determine the Kempen ESG-score (1-5) of a company and evaluate whether the ESG profile would fit a sustainable portfolio. During the process we focus on each company on a case-by-case basis looking at the material risks in a given industry in combination with the company’s respective risk exposure, practices and disclosure. In this phase we use various data sources, including MSCI ESG Research and Sustainalytics. If our opinion deviates from the external ESG research providers we explain why. Furthermore we look into the company’s exposure to controversies and opportunities which could reduce or increase the ESG score. Based on the fundamental ESG analysis we form an opinion on the quality of a company’s ESG profile and give each company a score (1-5). A lower score requires a higher return as used in our Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) models.

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3. Active ownership: Engagement

As active long-term investors we perform comprehensive engagements with our portfolio companies with the objective to unlock value and reduce risk.

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We strongly believe that the level of engagement with our portfolio companies is significantly deeper than that of our competitors. We are in frequent dialogue with the management teams of our portfolio companies. Each controversial item, as well as every individual engagement, is well-documented. We monitor the progress the company is making and continue to use our influence to improve the companies ESG performance.

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In addition to the ongoing ESG screening efforts, our Responsible Investment team also performs a quarterly screen and may propose engagement with low ESG performers. The results of this screening are discussed in quarterly meetings and an action list is created based on the outcomes of every meeting.

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In 2018, we participated in 65 engagement calls and meetings on issues such as capital allocation, remuneration, sustainability, and social issues.

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3. Active ownership: Voting

Exercising our voting rights is also an essential part of our responsible investment philosophy. ISS provides us with voting recommendations based on our own voting and governance policy. Items are further analysed on a case by case basis. Often, we inform the company about our voting intention ahead of the meeting and, where there is a recommendation to vote against management, we ask the company to clarify their viewpoints. After careful analysis, we form our own opinion and vote accordingly.

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You can find the engagement factsheet of A&F here

You can find the factsheet of Kaiser Aluminium here

You can find the engagement factsheet of Western Forest here

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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) Global Small-cap 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 Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets.

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.