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SICAV

Emerging Markets Bond Fund

Active investment in mainly sovereign emerging-market bonds.

ISIN LU1438968627 Bloomberg TRPGEAE:LX

3YR Return Annualised
(View Total Returns)

Total Assets
(USD)

1.81%
$285.7m

1YR Return
(View Total Returns)

Manager Tenure

5.32%
4yrs

Information Ratio
(3 Years)

Tracking Error
(3 Years)

-0.59
4.38%

Inception Date 30-Jun-2016

Performance figures calculated in EUR

31-May-2021 - Michael Conelius, Portfolio Manager ,
Fiscal conditions have deteriorated as a result of the pandemic. Some fragile economies remain impaired, but we believe most countries have weathered the storm and should benefit from increasing global demand. The potential for further increases in inflation expectations and Treasury rates volatility is a headwind. However, the relative value of emerging markets debt versus other asset classes is still compelling. This balances our view and leaves us neutral on the asset class.
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 last year's strong rebound in EM debt, U.S. Treasury rate volatility weighed on the asset class in the first quarter of 2021. EM credit spreads have remained stable, however, reflecting both positive market views on global economic growth and the balanced fundamental picture in emerging markets. Fiscal conditions have deteriorated in many countries as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, with some fragile countries remaining impaired.� However, we expect budgets to stabilize as economies have weathered the storm and are poised to benefit from increasing global demand.

The potential for further increases in inflation expectations in the US and treasury rates volatility remain headwinds, however. After last year's strong recovery in spreads, managers will need to be selective in order to safely harvest spread compression to offset any increases in base rates. In addition, the coronavirus pandemic remains disruptive in many markets despite vaccine rollouts, and EM domestic growth recoveries will likely lag those of developed markets.

On the other hand, the relative value of emerging markets debt versus other asset classes is still compelling. EM debt's yield premium remains intact and the long-term coupon compounding opportunity combined with a benign default outlook should continue to attract investors. This balances our view and leaves us neutral on the asset class.

At the country level, we see both idiosyncratic risks and opportunities. We are confident in China's ability to deleverage in a controlled fashion, but we are more wary of the pressures faced by the lowest quality issuers in the market. Most mainstream markets are fundamentally sound, but we have reduced exposure to both Turkey and Brazil due deteriorating credit profiles and institutional quality. In the frontier space, we continue to find value in a variety of countries with improving macroeconomic and reform outlooks, such as Vietnam, Oman, and Ghana. But we are reducing our larger active weights in this space, affecting primarily Argentina and Ukraine.

We maintain our structural underweight to low-beta investment grade countries such as Malaysia, Russia, Peru, and the high-quality Gulf States which offer limited room for spread compression and greater duration exposure.

At the sector level, we continue to find value in fundamentally attractive quasi-sovereigns and corporates in mainstream markets, such as Mexico and India, that offer yield premiums over the sovereign.

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.
  • Environmental, social and governance ("ESG") factors with particular focus on those considered most likely to have a material impact on the performance of the holdings or potential holdings in the funds’ portfolio are assessed. These ESG factors, which are incorporated into the investment process alongside financials, valuation, macro-economics and other factors, are components of the investment decision. Consequently, ESG factors are not the sole driver of an investment decision but are instead one of several important inputs considered during investment analysis.

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 A | EUR)

Annualised Performance

  1 YR 3 YR
Annualised
5 YR
Annualised
Since Inception
Annualised
Fund % 5.32% 1.81% N/A 1.73%
Indicative Benchmark % 0.53% 4.40% N/A 2.77%
Excess Return % 4.79% -2.59% N/A -1.04%

Inception Date 30-Jun-2016

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

Data as of 31-May-2021

Performance figures calculated in EUR

  1 YR 3 YR
Annualised
5 YR
Annualised
Since Inception
Annualised
Fund % 11.02% 2.82% N/A 1.79%
Indicative Benchmark % 8.30% 5.63% N/A 3.02%
Excess Return % 2.72% -2.81% N/A -1.23%

Inception Date 30-Jun-2016

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

Data as of 31-Mar-2021

Performance figures calculated in EUR

Recent Performance

  Month to DateData as of 22-Jun-2021 Quarter to DateData as of 22-Jun-2021 Year to DateData as of 22-Jun-2021 1 MonthData as of 31-May-2021 3 MonthsData as of 31-May-2021
Fund % 2.94% 2.94% 3.13% 0.18% 2.26%
Indicative Benchmark % N/A N/A N/A -0.50% 1.56%
Excess Return % N/A N/A N/A 0.68% 0.70%

Inception Date 30-Jun-2016

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-May-2021 - Michael Conelius, Portfolio Manager ,
Emerging markets debt generated positive total returns in May, steadily advancing on continued economic recoveries and stable risk sentiment. Credit spreads compressed, and U.S. Treasury rates declined slightly. Within the portfolio, our overweight or out-of-benchmark allocations to select frontier sovereigns Sri Lanka, the Bahamas, and Ukraine led to gains as they continued to advance from last year's oversold levels. Sri Lanka successfully negotiated loan financing; the Bahamas is positioned to benefit from increased tourism; and the trajectory of reforms in Ukraine improved. Security selection within the United Arab Emirates also supported relative results, led by advances in Emirate of Sharjah government bonds. However, security selection within Mexico weighed on relative results, as our holdings of Mexico City Airport Trust underperformed following the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's downgrade of Mexico's air safety. Mexican officials quickly increased the civil aviation authority's budget to address concerns.

Holdings

Issuers

Top
Issuers
10
Top 10 Issuers 29.22% Was (30-Apr-2021) 30.04%
Other View Top 10 Issuers

Monthly data as of31-May-2021

Holdings

Total
Holdings
217
Largest Holding Bahamas Government International Bond 2.70% Was (31-Dec-2020) 2.47%
Top 10 Holdings 20.59%
Other View Full Holdings Quarterly data as of  31-Mar-2021

Quality Rating View quality analysis

  Largest Overweight Largest Underweight
Quality Rating BB A
By % 10.51% -11.74%
Fund 29.27% 4.57%
Indicative Benchmark 18.76% 16.31%

Average Credit Quality

BB

Monthly Data as of  31-May-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 % 4.48% -3.78%
Fund 4.48% 10.50%
Indicative Benchmark 0.00% 14.28%

Weighted Average Maturity

12.33 Years

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

Duration View duration analysis

  Largest Overweight Largest Underweight
Duration Cash Equivalents 1-3 Years
By % 4.41% -9.25%
Fund 4.41% 5.25%
Indicative Benchmark 0.00% 14.49%

Weighted Average Duration

7.80 Years

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

31-Mar-2021 - Michael Conelius, Portfolio Manager ,

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

Mexico

We added to Mexico, making it the largest overweight. The economy is poised to benefit from strong U.S. growth, and we continue to find attractive relative value in the liquid investment grade country, particularly in quasi-sovereign issuer Petroleos Mexicanos, though we trimmed holdings in Mexico City Airport Trust, locking in gains. We also added to corporate issuers Banco Mercantil de Norte and Axtel.

Higher-Conviction Frontiers

The Bahamas and Ghana are meaningful overweights in the portfolio. Following recent strong performance, we trimmed our holdings in Ghana. maintained our allocation to the Bahamas as the higher-conviction frontier provides relatively high yields and improving fundamentals, creating attractive relative value opportunities. The Bahamas is also poised to benefit from increased tourism.

India

India grew to a significant overweight. Our holdings remain focused on quasi-sovereign Export-Import Bank, due to their higher yields in a more defensive market. We also hold corporate issuers Periama, Bharti Airtel, and Adani Ports.

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.

Peru and Panama

We are significantly underweight Peru and Panama as the higher-quality sovereigns are relatively low yielding, and we see better relative value elsewhere. Peru's political uncertainty heading into presidential elections further diminished its appeal.

Sectors

Total
Sectors
4
Largest Sector Sovereign 62.78% Was (30-Apr-2021) 63.58%
Other View complete Sector Diversification

Monthly Data as of 31-May-2021

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

Largest Overweight

Corporate
By18.24%
Fund 18.51%
Indicative Benchmark 0.27%

Largest Underweight

Sovereign
By-19.60%
Fund 62.78%
Indicative Benchmark 82.38%

Monthly Data as of 31-May-2021

31-May-2021 - Michael Conelius, Portfolio Manager ,
We continue to find value in fundamentally attractive quasi-sovereigns and corporates in mainstream markets such as Mexico that offer yield premiums over the sovereign.

Countries

Total
Countries
61
Largest Country Mexico 10.01% Was (30-Apr-2021) 10.29%
Other View complete Country Diversification

Monthly Data as of 31-May-2021

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

Largest Overweight

Mexico
By5.18%
Fund 10.01%
Indicative Benchmark 4.84%

Largest Underweight

Malaysia
By-2.63%
Fund 0.00%
Indicative Benchmark 2.63%

Monthly Data as of 31-May-2021

31-May-2021 - Michael Conelius, Portfolio Manager ,
Most other mainstream markets are fundamentally sound, but we are underweight Turkey and have reduced exposure to Brazil due to deteriorating credit profiles and institutional quality. In the frontier space, we remain overweight in a variety of countries with improving macroeconomic and reform outlooks, such as Vietnam, Oman, and Ghana. But we are reducing our larger active weights in this space. We maintain our structural underweight positions in low-beta investment-grade countries such as Malaysia, Russia, Peru, and the high-quality Gulf States, which we believe offer limited room for spread compression and greater duration exposure.

Currency

Total
Currencies
7
Largest Currency 98.96% Was (30-Apr-2021) 99.19%
Other View completeCurrency Diversification

Monthly Data as of  31-May-2021

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

Largest Overweight

Chinese renminbi
By 0.76%
Fund 0.76%
Indicative Benchmark 0.00%

Largest Underweight

U.S. dollar
By -1.04%
Fund 98.96%
Indicative Benchmark 100.00%

Monthly Data as of  31-May-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 21-Jun-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
    2016
  • Years at
    T. Rowe Price
    33
  • Years investment
    experience
    27
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
    15
  • Years investment
    experience
    15

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.