As of 10 September 2019 Kempen (Lux) European Small-cap Fund is incorporated into Kempen (Lux) Sustainable European Small-cap Fund. Read the official announcement here.

Kempen Lux Sustainable European Small-Cap Fund - Class B

Profile

Kempen (Lux) Sustainable European Small-cap fund (the Fund) offers Investors the opportunity to invest in an actively and professionally managed portfolio of smaller listed European companies, while at the same time complying with strict exclusion and sustainability criteria. These are defined as companies with a maximum market capitalisation at the time of initial purchase of either EUR 5 billion, or the highest market capitalisation of any company included in the MSCI Europe Small Cap Total Return Index, whichever is the greater. The strategy 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 30-50 stocks, well diversified across all regions and sectors.

On 10 September 2019 Kempen (Lux) European Small-cap Fund was incorporated into Kempen (Lux) Sustainable Small-cap Fund. You can find more information under the Documents tab.

Management team

Michiel van Dijk, Erwin Dut, Sander van Oort; Ingmar Schaefer

Performance per 2021-12-31 (rebased)

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Performance per 2021-12-31

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  Fund Benchmark
1 month 5.2 % 4.4 %
3 months 3.9 % 4.6 %
This year 26.0 % 23.8 %
2018 -19.0 % -15.9 %
2019 27.9 % 31.4 %
2020 -0.5 % 4.6 %
1 year (on annual basis) 26.0 % 23.8 %
3 years (on annual basis) i 17.0 % 19.4 %
5 years (on annual basis) i 7.6 % 11.3 %
Since inception (on annual basis) i 10.9 % 10.8 %
On 23 October 2013 Kempen SeNSe Fund (KSF) was merged with Kempen (Lux) Sustainable European Small-cap Fund (the Fund). The results shown of the period before 23 October 2013 are those of KSF. KSF had a similar investment structure and cost structure, but had a different tax regime that could have influenced the returns shown. Until 28 February 2017 the benchmark of the Fund was the MSCI Europe Small Cap Total Return Index, of which the constituents are adjusted by reducing the UK component by 50%. 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 125.49 M 2021-12-31
Share class size
EUR 2.17 M 2021-12-31
Number of shares
43,055 2021-12-31
Net Asset Value i
EUR 49.60 2022-01-19
Turnover rate
55.71 %
Morningstar rating â„¢

Fund characteristics per 2021-12-31

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  Fund Benchmark
Number of holdings 47 1063
Dividend yield i 2.54 % 1.88 %
Weighted average market capitalization i EUR 3,443 M EUR 3,546 M
P/E ratio i 15.35
Active share i 93.37 %
Kempen (Lux) Sustainable European 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 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 60, avenue J.F. Kennedy, L-1855, Luxembourg, at the offices of the representative in Switzerland and on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/en/asset-management). The information on the website is (partly) available in Dutch and English.

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

Developments per 2021-12-31

In December, the NAV of the Fund (I-class) increased by 5.3% (net of fees) while the MSCI Europe Small-cap index rose 4.4%.

Although a lot is still unknown about the Omicron variant, the first data suggests that it might be less severe than the Delta variant. With these reassuring indications, stock markets resumed their upward trend in December. Rising tensions in the (European) energy market have caused gas prices to reach unprecedented levels and further strengthen the already historically high inflation rate. While central banks have until now labelled the rising inflationary pressure as temporary, the FED announced in December that it will accelerate the phasing out of the stimulus program and plans to raise interest rates in the medium term. In the meanwhile the ECB keeps its monetary stimulus policy unchanged but it does start to cut back purchases on the Pandemic Emergency Purchase Program, which will end in March. This divergence between these monetary policies is positive for the dollar.

Although medium term prospects are encouraging, short term challenges remain. Financial markets are likely to remain volatile with news around the availability and efficiency of the vaccine, logistical challenges and significant input cost inflation affect the mood in the market. Despite the upward movement of stock markets in 2021, we still see attractive long-term potential for our portfolio holdings but remain focused on near-term earnings risks and balance sheet strength. As flagged earlier we continue to focus on the margin of safety in our valuations.

During the month SThree was added to the portfolio and no names were entirely sold.

In December Befesa, Beazley and Coats delivered the strongest contribution to the portfolio. Befesa (+15.2%) reported solid Q3 results, supported by strong zinc pricing as well as excellent progress with the construction of the two new recycling facilities in China. In addition, its recent acquisition of American Zinc Recycling is looking to add significant value to the company and its shareholders. In a recent podcast with The Voice of Insurance Beazley (+18.0%) CEO Adrian Cox painted a relatively upbeat picture of continued profitable growth in the medium term amongst others driven by price increase and increased internal efficiency. Elevated claims in Cyber have been addressed following the implementation of new procedures and increased pricing which opens up the opportunity to start growing the Cyber exposure again as of FY22. Coats shares were strong in December (+14.2%) without any meaningful news. Over the year 2021, the shares have underperformed the broader market, while important customers like Nike posted strong growth. We see Coats as attractively valued and with their strong ESG credentials and innovations like EcoVerde, a thread made from recycled polyester. We believe that Coats will continue to outgrow the global market for thread and yarns.

The companies with the weakest contribution to the portfolio in December were BESI, Software AG and JCDecaux. After reaching a new life time high share price in November, shares of BESI traded lower (-10.4%) in December. BESI announced just before Christmas that it faced some production disruptions in Malaysia, due to flooding, which will result is some one-off costs and a slightly lower sales than anticipated for the fourth quarter. BESI also announced that its orders for Q4 2021 will be approximately €180-190m versus the €157m recorded in Q4 2020, which bodes well for the start of FY22. In November financial markets were speculating on a takeover of Software AG. Instead of a takeover Software AG announced a strategic partnership with private equity group Silver Lake, resulting in a drop of the shares (-6.5%) for December. Although we understand the short term disappointment, we see this investment as a long term positive. Silver Lake, a leading global technology investment firm, will invest €344m into a convertible bond (c.10% of shares outstanding) to support the company’s Helix transformation strategy. The collaboration will likely target leveraging Silver Lake’s M&A expertise as well as its strong network in North America, an historic weak spot of Software AG. As a consequence of the investment, it is planned that Mr Streibich as well as Mr Dieter will step down from the board by the end of Jan 2022 and will be replaced by Silver Lake representatives. We see this as a clear improvement of the governance, as Mr Streibich was the former CEO of the company. JCDecaux (-2.7%) did not issue relevant press releases during the month. However, in December various governments once more announced measures to reduce the movement of people in order to curtail the spread of the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus. Such measures will likely have a negative impact on JCDecaux revenues but should ultimately prove to be temporary rather than structural.

ESG commentary
The seemingly least popular letter of the three-letter acronym ESG, the G, representing governance is at least of equal importance to us as the other two. As a component of good governance, in our view, no individual shareholder should have an outsized influence on a company’s board, disproportional to their financial ownership. Earlier in 2021 we therefore spoke to Fagron and raised the issue of investor Alychlo holding two board seats while their financial ownership at that time had dropped below the 5% threshold. We therefore welcome the announcement that Fagron made in December in which it said that one of the two board members in question will resign his position at the upcoming AGM where two new and independent board members, if elected, will instead take his place.

The Fund has a CO2 revenue intensity that continues to be significantly below the benchmark. Furthermore, the portfolio is on course towards achieving its net-zero emissions climate objective aligned with the Paris Agreement, Dutch Klimaatakkoord and the EU Climate Transition Benchmark in line with the 1.5°C scenarios from the IPCC in 2050 and our intermediate target set for 2025. While details of the EU SFDR regulation are still developing, the Fund falls in the article 9 category of this regulation due to its net-zero emission climate objective. Furthermore, the Fund’s strict exclusion criteria for controversial activities, ESG integration in the investment process and active ownership including engagement result in a better Morningstar Sustainability Rating than 90% of its peers.

Kempen (Lux) Sustainable European 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 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 60, avenue J.F. Kennedy, L-1855, 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 2021-12-31 (rebased)

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Performance per 2021-12-31

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  Fund Benchmark
1 month 5.2 % 4.4 %
3 months 3.9 % 4.6 %
This year 26.0 % 23.8 %
2018 -19.0 % -15.9 %
2019 27.9 % 31.4 %
2020 -0.5 % 4.6 %
1 year (on annual basis) 26.0 % 23.8 %
3 years (on annual basis) i 17.0 % 19.4 %
5 years (on annual basis) i 7.6 % 11.3 %
Since inception (on annual basis) i 10.9 % 10.8 %
On 23 October 2013 Kempen SeNSe Fund (KSF) was merged with Kempen (Lux) Sustainable European Small-cap Fund (the Fund). The results shown of the period before 23 October 2013 are those of KSF. KSF had a similar investment structure and cost structure, but had a different tax regime that could have influenced the returns shown. Until 28 February 2017 the benchmark of the Fund was the MSCI Europe Small Cap Total Return Index, of which the constituents are adjusted by reducing the UK component by 50%. Performance is shown after deduction of ongoing charges and including the reinvestment of dividend that has been paid out. The value of your investments may fluctuate. Past performance provides no guarantee for the future.

Dividends

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Risk analysis (ex post) per 2021-12-31

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  3 years Since inception
Maximum drawdown i -30.49 % -62.09 %
Tracking error i 4.51 % 5.06 %
Information ratio i -0.52 0.02
Beta i 1.04 0.99
Kempen (Lux) Sustainable European 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 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 60, avenue J.F. Kennedy, L-1855, 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.

Top 5 contribution (2021-12-31)

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  Contribution i Performance i
Befesa 0.39 % 15.19 %
Beazley 0.36 % 18.01 %
Coats 0.34 % 14.18 %
Cie Automotive 0.32 % 11.76 %
ASR Nederland 0.24 % 7.34 %
Percentages shown for contributions and performances are based on Euros.

Bottom 4 contribution (2021-12-31)

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  Contribution i Performance i
BE Semiconductor Industries -0.20 % -10.45 %
Software -0.16 % -6.12 %
JC Decaux -0.04 % -2.65 %
Fabege AB -0.01 % -0.46 %
Percentages shown for contributions and performances are based on Euros.

Geographic allocation (2021-12-31)

32.7 %
United Kingdom
14.0 %
Netherlands
9.4 %
Belgium
9.3 %
Germany
6.2 %
France
5.6 %
Luxembourg
5.6 %
Sweden
3.3 %
Austria
2.9 %
Spain
2.7 %
Cash
2.1 %
Switzerland
2.1 %
Finland
2.0 %
Ireland
1.4 %
Italy
0.8 %
Norway
Total
100 %

Top 10 holdings (2021-12-31)

3.4 %
ASR Nederland
3.3 %
Signify
3.3 %
BAWAG Group
3.2 %
Tate & Lyle
3.2 %
Ipsos
3.0 %
Telenet Group
2.9 %
Cie Automotive
2.9 %
Bunzl
2.8 %
Alliance Pharma
2.8 %
Software
Total
30.8 %

Sector allocation (2021-12-31)

22.6 %
Industrials
11.7 %
Financials
11.2 %
Consumer Discretionary
9.9 %
Real estate
9.7 %
Health Care
9.4 %
Technology
7.6 %
Telecommunications
7.3 %
Consumer Staples
5.5 %
Basic Materials
5.3 %
Other
Total
100 %
Kempen (Lux) Sustainable European 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 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 60, avenue J.F. Kennedy, L-1855, Luxembourg, at the offices of the representative in Switzerland and on the website of KCM (www.kempen.com/en/asset-management). The information on the website is (partly) available in Dutch and English.

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

 

SWING FACTORS

An overview of the current swing factors are available here.

Ongoing charges

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Management fee i
1.500 %
Service fee i
0.20 %
Taxe d'abonnement i
0.05 %
Expected ongoing charges i
1.75 %
Kempen (Lux) Sustainable European 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 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 60, avenue J.F. Kennedy, L-1855, 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
B i
Investor type
Private
Benchmark i
MSCI Europe Small Cap Total Return Index
Investment category
Small-caps
Universum
Sustainable European Small- & Mid-caps
Inception date
2013-10-23
Domicile
Luxembourg
May be offered to all investors in
Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom
UCITS status i
Yes
Status
Open-end i
Base currency
EUR
Share class currency
EUR
Administrator
BNP Paribas Securities Services S.C.A., Luxembourg branch
Management company
Kempen Capital Management N.V.
Depositary and custodian
BNP Paribas Securities Services S.C.A., Luxembourg branch
Morningstar rating â„¢

Tradability

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Minimum subscription
Initial subscription € 1
Listed
no
Subscription/Redemption Frequency
Daily
ISIN i
LU0636593559
Kempen (Lux) Sustainable European 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 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 60, avenue J.F. Kennedy, L-1855, 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) Sustainable European 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 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 60, avenue J.F. Kennedy, L-1855, 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 & 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.

Climate change

As a long-term investor, we believe climate change represents a systemic risk facing the economy, society and environment. We want to consider the risks and opportunities this presents to our investments in the coming decades. We have therefore set a long-term commitment (2050), a mid-term ambition (2030) and short-term objectives (2025).

  • 2050 commitment: Net-zero investor. Â
  • 2030 ambition: To align with a Paris Agreement pathway (listed and non-listed investments) and Dutch Klimaatakkoord.Â
  • 2025 objectives: To align with a pathway towards achieving the Paris Agreement (listed investments) and Dutch Klimaatakkoord goals.[1]

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The Kempen climate change policy can be found here (under climate change policy).

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[1]We use carbon intensity as a metric to come to the pathway of net-zero emissions. As we care about the direction of travel and reduction of carbon emissions in the economy, it might be that the actual reducing trend may deviate from the suggested average trend line. The pathway is derived from the pathway of the EU Benchmarks.

OUR FUND APPROACH TO RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT

The investment objective of Kempen (Lux) Sustainable European Small-cap Fund is to offer investors the opportunity to invest in an actively and professionally managed portfolio of smaller listed European companies, while at the same time complying with strict exclusion and sustainability criteria.

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By 2025, we aim to align with a pathway towards achieving the Paris Agreement and Dutch Klimaatakkoord goals for our portfolio, as well as the EU Climate Transition Benchmark[2].

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Kempen’s ESG policy is implemented in our fund’s investment process by the following pillars: Exclusion, Integration and Active ownership.

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[2] The EU Benchmarks consists of two climate benchmarks, Climate Transition Benchmark and Paris Aligned Benchmark, which have the aim to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 - in line with the 1.5?C scenarios from the IPCC. As we care about the direction of travel and reduction of carbon emissions in the economy, it might be that the actual reducing trend may deviate from the average pathway. We use carbon intensity (based on Revenues) as the forward-looking climate metric.

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Exclusion & Avoidance

In line with the general Kempen policy, the European Sustainable Small-cap Fund excludes all companies on the KCM Exclusion- or Avoidance list.

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Companies that ‘Fail’ or are on ‘Watchlist’ marked against the criteria of the United Nations Global Compact are excluded.

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We determine a company’s ESG score (1-5) and exclude companies with a score of 1. Companies with a score of 2 are excluded on a comply or explain basis.

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The Sustainable European Small-cap Fund also excludes companies based on additional sustainability criteria as listed in the table below.

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More information on our exclusion criteria and thresholds can be found here.

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KEMPEN

CRITERIA

ADDITIONAL SUSTAINABILITY CRITERIA

Business Conduct

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x     Thermal coal

x     Tar sands

x     Adult Entertainment

x     Alcohol

x     Animal Welfare & GMO

x     Gambling

x     Power Generation

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x     Power Generation

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ESG integration

In the investment process we assess the ESG profile of a company. We assess each company on a case-by-case basis, taking into account material risks in a given industry in combination with the company’s respective risk exposure, practices and disclosure.

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A lower score (1-5) requires a higher return as used in our Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) models. 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 Sustainable European Small-cap Fund and discusses the findings with the portfolio managers.

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Active ownership: Engagement

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

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Our engagement process defines clear objectives of which the progress and result is tracked and well documented. If at any stage the company refuses to cooperate, divestment has to be considered.

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In the first half of 2019, we engaged with 13 companies on strategic, environmental, social and governance issues.

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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 analyzed on a case by case basis.

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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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Our full voting records are available here.

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Risks

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Kempen (Lux) Sustainable European 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 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 60, avenue J.F. Kennedy, L-1855, 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.