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SICAV

Emerging Markets Bond Fund

Active investment in mainly sovereign emerging-market bonds.

ISIN LU1127970330 Bloomberg TRGEBQE:LX

3YR Return Annualised
(View Total Returns)

Total Assets
(USD)

3.17%
$278.6m

1YR Return
(View Total Returns)

Manager Tenure

-9.46%
6yrs

Information Ratio
(5 Years)

Tracking Error
(5 Years)

-0.11
3.63%

Inception Date 28-Oct-2014

Performance figures calculated in EUR

31-Jan-2021 - Michael Conelius, Portfolio Manager ,
While the world economic slowdown and health care crisis have weighed on fundamentals in emerging markets, we remain encouraged by fiscal and monetary steps taken to support the recovery in global economic activity. However, valuations have recently moderated and the global recovery remains fragile amid persisting COVID-19 risk. Moreover, future rising inflation and interest rates is a potential headwind. As a result, our current outlook and posture is relatively balanced, although we still out-carry our benchmark.
Michael J.  Conelius, CFA
Michael J. Conelius, CFA, Co-Portfolio Manager

Michael Conelius is a portfolio manager in the International Fixed Income Division. He co-manages the Emerging Markets Bond and the Institutional Emerging Markets Bond Funds and is chairman of each fund’s Investment Advisory Committee. Michael is an executive vice president of the Global Funds and International Funds, a vice president and an Investment Advisory Committee member of the Global Multi-Sector Bond Fund, a vice president of the Institutional Income Funds and Multi-Sector Account Portfolios, and a member of the Distressed Advisory Committee. He also is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., T. Rowe Price Trust Company, and T. Rowe Price International Ltd.

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Strategy

Manager's Outlook

Following the first quarter selloff in risk assets brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, an oil supply shock, and pronounced market illiquidity, emerging markets debt has enjoyed a V-shaped recovery and recouped its losses ultimately ending 2020 up just under 6%.

While the global economic slowdown and health care crisis have weighed on fundamentals in emerging markets, we remain encouraged by the fiscal and monetary steps taken by both developed and emerging nations to support the recovery in global economic activity. Some of the more fragile countries are likely to remain impaired but most countries should weather the storm and continue to rebound in 2021.

Fund flows have been supportive, and the new issue market has been healthy. Furthermore, the high carry provided by emerging markets debt should continue to attract investors in an environment of record-low global yields and elevated equity valuations.

However, valuations have continued to moderate in recent months and the global economic recovery remains fragile in light of the persisting COVID-19 risk. Moreover, future rising inflation and interest rates are potential concerns. As a result, our current outlook and posture is relatively neutral, though we still out-carry our benchmark.

In this environment, we continue to find good value in select frontier countries with improving macroeconomic and institutional outlooks, such as Ukraine, Egypt, and Ghana, and are finding value in fundamentally attractive quasi-sovereigns and select corporates in mainstream markets that offer yield premiums over their sovereigns.

At the same time, we maintain lower exposure to more structurally vulnerable markets, such as South Africa and Kenya. We have also steadily trimmed our overweights to Argentina and Ecuador.

We maintain our structural underweight to low-beta, low-yielders, such as Russia, China, and the Gulf States, though we have added to select Gulf States to offset positions in higher beta frontier markets.

Investment Objective

To maximise the value of its shares through both growth in the value of, and income from, its investments. The fund invests mainly in a diversified portfolio of bonds of all types from emerging market issuers.

Investment Approach

  • Focus primarily on sovereign debt.
  • Integrate proprietary credit research and relative value analysis.
  • Establish independent credit rating at the country and corporate issuer level.
  • Add value through active country allocation and individual security selection decisions.
  • Limit risk through diversification.
  • Employ long-term investment horizon.

Portfolio Construction

  • Diversified portfolio structure: typically 200-300 securities
  • Duration bands: managed within +/- 1 year of the benchmark
  • Average credit quality: BB
  • Country exposure will range between 0% and 10%
  • Expected tracking error: 200-400 bps

Performance (Class Q | EUR)

Annualised Performance

  1 YR 3 YR
Annualised
5 YR
Annualised
Since Inception
Annualised
Fund % -9.46% 3.17% 4.04% 5.37%
Indicative Benchmark % -6.45% 5.56% 4.44% 6.09%
Excess Return % -3.01% -2.39% -0.40% -0.72%

Inception Date 28-Oct-2014

Indicative Benchmark: J.P. Morgan Emerging Markets Bond Index Global Diversified

Data as of 31-Jan-2021

Performance figures calculated in EUR

  1 YR 3 YR
Annualised
5 YR
Annualised
Since Inception
Annualised
Fund % -6.67% 2.00% 3.93% 5.43%
Indicative Benchmark % -3.44% 4.39% 4.56% 6.24%
Excess Return % -3.23% -2.39% -0.63% -0.81%

Inception Date 28-Oct-2014

Indicative Benchmark: J.P. Morgan Emerging Markets Bond Index Global Diversified

Data as of 31-Dec-2020

Performance figures calculated in EUR

Recent Performance

  Month to DateData as of 01-Mar-2021 Quarter to DateData as of 01-Mar-2021 Year to DateData as of 01-Mar-2021 1 MonthData as of 31-Jan-2021 3 MonthsData as of 31-Jan-2021
Fund % 1.10% -0.87% -0.87% 0.07% 3.12%
Indicative Benchmark % 1.14% -1.73% -1.73% -0.38% 0.37%
Excess Return % -0.04% 0.86% 0.86% 0.45% 2.75%

Inception Date 28-Oct-2014

Indicative Benchmark: J.P. Morgan Emerging Markets Bond Index Global Diversified

Indicative Benchmark: J.P. Morgan Emerging Markets Bond Index Global Diversified

Performance figures calculated in EUR

Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.  Source for fund performance: T. Rowe Price. Fund performance is calculated using the official NAV with dividends reinvested, if any. The value of an investment and any income from it can go down as well as up. Investors may get back less than the amount invested. It will be affected by changes in the exchange rate between the base currency of the fund and the subscription currency, if different. Sales charges (up to a maximum of 5% for the A Class), taxes and other locally applied costs have not been deducted and if applicable, they will reduce the performance figures. 

Where the base currency of the fund differs from the share class currency, exchange rate movements may affect returns.

31-Jan-2021 - Michael Conelius, Portfolio Manager ,
Emerging markets debt generated negative total returns in January as U.S. Treasury yields increased slightly, and risk appetite moderated after several months of strong demand. An uptick in coronavirus cases and renewed lockdowns in several countries cooled risk sentiment. Within the portfolio, our overweight allocation to Sri Lanka was helpful. The higher-yielding sovereign partially recovered from recent weakness as it began to show signs of an economic rebound and opened its borders to travellers, which could support its tourism sectors. Effective security selection within Brazil also helped relative results, led by our corporate holdings that outperformed the sovereign. Our overweight allocations to select frontiers with improving fundamentals, such as Ghana, Angola, and Oman advanced, further supported by increased oil prices. In contrast, our overweight allocation to Argentina held back performance. Inflation remains high despite government efforts to control it, and economic policymaking has turned slightly more heterodox ahead of mid-term elections later this year. Our overweight allocation to Ecuador also hindered relative results. Political uncertainty heading into February's presidential election and reduced risk appetite weighed on Ecuador.

Holdings

Issuers

Top
Issuers
10
Top 10 Issuers 30.36% Was (31-Dec-2020) 29.04%
Other View Top 10 Issuers

Monthly data as of31-Jan-2021

Holdings

Total
Holdings
217
Largest Holding Bahamas Government International Bond 2.47% Was (30-Sep-2020) 2.42%
Top 10 Holdings 20.73%
Other View Full Holdings Quarterly data as of  31-Dec-2020

Quality Rating View quality analysis

  Largest Overweight Largest Underweight
Quality Rating BB A
By % 11.12% -12.55%
Fund 28.94% 4.07%
Indicative Benchmark 17.82% 16.62%

Average Credit Quality

BB-

Monthly Data as of  31-Jan-2021
Indicative Benchmark:  J.P. Morgan Emerging Markets Bond Index Global Diversified

Sources for Credit Quality Diversification: Moody's Investors Service and Standard & Poor's (S&P) split ratings (i.e. BB/B and B/CCC) are assigned when the Moody's and S&P ratings differ. Short-Term holdings are not rated.

Maturity View maturity analysis

  Largest Overweight Largest Underweight
Maturity Cash Equivalents 3-5 Years
By % 3.69% -4.90%
Fund 3.69% 9.33%
Indicative Benchmark 0.00% 14.23%

Weighted Average Maturity

12.98 Years

Monthly Data as of  31-Jan-2021
Indicative Benchmark:  J.P. Morgan Emerging Markets Bond Index Global Diversified

Duration View duration analysis

  Largest Overweight Largest Underweight
Duration 5-7 Years 1-3 Years
By % 4.47% -10.35%
Fund 22.50% 5.13%
Indicative Benchmark 18.03% 15.48%

Weighted Average Duration

8.14 Years

Monthly Data as of  31-Jan-2021
Indicative Benchmark: J.P. Morgan Emerging Markets Bond Index Global Diversified

31-Dec-2020 - Michael Conelius, Portfolio Manager ,

We are overweight countries pursuing reform agendas that target long-term growth.

Mexico

Mexico remains an overweight in the portfolio. We continue to find attractive relative value in quasi-sovereign issuers Petroleos Mexicanos and Mexico City Airport Trust. We eliminated our holdings in corporate issuer Sixsigma Networks on reduced analyst conviction.

Brazil

While we remain overweight Brazil, political and fiscal challenges led us to reduce holdings. We trimmed our sovereign positions and notably reduced holdings in quasi-sovereign oil company Petrobras. We also pared positions in some corporate holdings, such as banks, while maintaining our holdings of high-conviction consumer issues.�

Higher-Conviction Frontiers

Ukraine, Bahamas, Egypt, and Ghana are meaningful overweights in the portfolio, and we increased allocations to select higher-conviction frontiers as their relatively high yields and improving fundamentals created attractive relative value opportunities.

We remain underweight countries that offer limited risk-adjusted return potential.

Malaysia

Malaysia's high credit ratings and low yields provide limited opportunities. Coronavirus-induced lockdowns hinder near-term upside potential.

Kazakhstan

We remain underweight Kazakhstan amid political changes. While this could be an indication that the country is moving to a more open economy, spreads are tight with limited upside and valuations versus similar oil-exporting peers are uninspiring.

Saudi Arabia

The low-yielding, investment grade country Saudi Arabia has grown within the benchmark since its relatively recent inclusion. Our underweight to the higher-quality, low-beta sovereign is consistent with our structural underweight to such countries.

Panama and Peru

We are significantly underweight Panama and Peru as the high-quality sovereigns are relatively low yielding, and we see better relative value elsewhere.

Sectors

Total
Sectors
4
Largest Sector Sovereign 64.61% Was (31-Dec-2020) 65.76%
Other View complete Sector Diversification

Monthly Data as of 31-Jan-2021

Indicative Benchmark: J.P. Morgan Emerging Markets Bond Index Global Diversified

Largest Overweight

Corporate
By18.72%
Fund 18.78%
Indicative Benchmark 0.06%

Largest Underweight

Sovereign
By-18.38%
Fund 64.61%
Indicative Benchmark 82.99%

Monthly Data as of 31-Jan-2021

31-Jan-2021 - Michael Conelius, Portfolio Manager ,
We are finding value in fundamentally attractive quasi-sovereigns and select corporates in mainstream markets that offer yield premiums over their respective sovereign.

Countries

Total
Countries
60
Largest Country Mexico 9.44% Was (31-Dec-2020) 8.64%
Other View complete Country Diversification

Monthly Data as of 31-Jan-2021

Indicative Benchmark: J.P. Morgan Emerging Markets Bond Index Global Diversified

Largest Overweight

Mexico
By5.39%
Fund 9.44%
Indicative Benchmark 4.05%

Largest Underweight

Malaysia
By-2.69%
Fund 0.00%
Indicative Benchmark 2.69%

Monthly Data as of 31-Jan-2021

31-Jan-2021 - Michael Conelius, Portfolio Manager ,
We maintain conviction in select frontier countries with improving macroeconomic and institutional outlooks, such as Ukraine and Ghana. On the other hand, we remain cautious about more structurally vulnerable markets, such as Kenya and Pakistan. We have also trimmed our overweight exposures to Uzbekistan and Ukraine, locking in some gains. We maintain our structural underweight positions in low-beta countries, such as Russia, China, and the Gulf States, although we have added to some Gulf States to offset positions in higher beta frontier markets.

Currency

Total
Currencies
9
Largest Currency 97.62% Was (31-Dec-2020) 97.63%
Other View completeCurrency Diversification

Monthly Data as of  31-Jan-2021

Indicative Benchmark :

Largest Overweight

Chinese renminbi
By 1.03%
Fund 1.03%
Indicative Benchmark 0.00%

Largest Underweight

U.S. dollar
By -2.38%
Fund 97.62%
Indicative Benchmark 100.00%

Monthly Data as of  31-Jan-2021

31-Oct-2015 - Michael Conelius, Portfolio Manager ,
Given our expectations for continued U.S. dollar strength, we maintained a low and defensive level of non-benchmark currency exposure.

Team (As of 25-Feb-2021)

Michael J.  Conelius, CFA

Michael Conelius is a portfolio manager in the International Fixed Income Division. He co-manages the Emerging Markets Bond and the Institutional Emerging Markets Bond Funds and is chairman of each fund’s Investment Advisory Committee. Michael is an executive vice president of the Global Funds and International Funds, a vice president and an Investment Advisory Committee member of the Global Multi-Sector Bond Fund, a vice president of the Institutional Income Funds and Multi-Sector Account Portfolios, and a member of the Distressed Advisory Committee. He also is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., T. Rowe Price Trust Company, and T. Rowe Price International Ltd.

Michael has been with T. Rowe Price since 1988, beginning as a financial analyst in the Corporate Finance department. After that, he was a credit analyst and portfolio manager on the Emerging Markets team before assuming his current role. Prior to T. Rowe Price, he was employed by Booz Allen Hamilton as a consultant.

Michael earned a B.S. in finance from Towson University and an M.S. in finance from Loyola University Maryland. He also has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation. 

CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are registered trademarks owned by CFA Institute.

  • Fund manager
    since
    2014
  • Years at
    T. Rowe Price
    32
  • Years investment
    experience
    26
Samy Muaddi, CFA

Samy Muaddi is a portfolio manager in the International Fixed Income Division. He is the lead manager of the Emerging Markets Corporate Bond Strategy and co-manages the Emerging Markets Bond and Global High Income Bond Strategies. He previously managed the firm’s Asia Credit Bond Strategy from its inception until 2020. Samy also is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., and T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc.

Samy has been with T. Rowe Price since 2006, beginning as an associate analyst in the Fixed Income Division. After that, he was a credit analyst and then an associate portfolio manager on the Emerging Markets team before assuming his current role.

Samy earned a B.A., summa cum laude, in economics from the University of Maryland. He also has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation. Samy is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University in the Walsh Graduate School of Foreign Service.

CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are registered trademarks owned by CFA Institute.

  • Fund manager
    since
    2020
  • Years at
    T. Rowe Price
    14
  • Years investment
    experience
    14

Fee Schedule

Share Class Minimum Initial Investment and Holding Amount (USD) Minimum Subsequent Investment (USD) Minimum Redemption Amount (USD) Sales Charge (up to) Investment Management Fee (up to) Ongoing Charges
Class A $1,000 $100 $100 5.00% 125 basis points 1.42%
Class I $2,500,000 $100,000 $0 0.00% 65 basis points 0.73%
Class Q $1,000 $100 $100 0.00% 65 basis points 0.81%
Class Sd $10,000,000 $0 $0 0.00% 0 basis points 0.10%

Please note that the Ongoing Charges figure is inclusive of the Investment Management Fee and is charged per annum.