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European High Yield Bond Fund

Research-driven, targeting consistent high income.

ISIN LU0596125814 WKN A1JK51

3YR Return Annualised
(View Total Returns)

Total Assets
(EUR)

2.80%
€283.2m

1YR Return
(View Total Returns)

Manager Tenure

4.41%
8yrs

Information Ratio
(5 Years)

Tracking Error
(5 Years)

-0.07
1.98%

Inception Date 20-Sep-2011

Performance figures calculated in EUR

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30-Sep-2019 - Mike Della Vedova, Portfolio Manager,
We have a mixed view on European high yield bonds. On the one hand, accommodative central banks and strong demand amid a low-yield environment should continue to provide a tailwind. However, fundamentals could come under pressure if growth weakens further. Risks stemming from global trade and Brexit uncertainty also remain. In the near term, spreads could remain rangebound, in our view, therefore, we remain selective by focussing on names with stable long-term fundamentals.
Michael Della Vedova
Michael Della Vedova, Portfolio Manager

Michael Della Vedova is a global high yield portfolio manager in the Fixed Income Division at T. Rowe Price. Mr. Della Vedova is a portfolio manager of the European High Yield Strategy and co-portfolio manager for the firm's Global High Yield Strategy. He is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. and T. Rowe Price International Ltd.

 

Strategy

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 high yield corporate bonds that are denominated in European currencies.

Investment Approach

  • The fund focuses primarily on European currency-denominated corporate debt issued by below investment-grade companies.
  • Invests mainly in BB and B rated bonds, with the ability to purchase lower-quality securities when compelling valuation and risk/reward opportunities arise.
  • The fund integrates fundamental proprietary research at the corporate bond, sovereign, and equity levels. This integral collaboration provides a holistic view of a company’s capital structure and management team, as well as its position in the larger market environment unique to each country.
  • Research focuses on quantitative and qualitative factors that drive an independent credit rating. Analysts look to identify long-term potential for balance sheet and external rating improvements while adhering to strict risk management practices.
  • Target excess-return will be primarily driven by individual security selection and, secondarily, by relative sector and credit quality allocations.

Portfolio Construction

  • At least 80% of assets will be invested in securities denominated in European currencies—mainly the euro and the pound.
  • Currency exposure is fully hedged back to the euro.
  • Up to 20% of assets may be invested outside of European currencies, including U.S. dollar high yield and investment-grade corporate bonds.
  • Target excess return: 100–150 basis points over a full market cycle. (Not a formal objective and it can be changed without prior notice. Please reference prospectus for formal objective.)
  • Target tracking error: 200–400 basis points

Performance (Class I)

Annualised Performance

  1 YR 3 YR
Annualised
5 YR
Annualised
Since Inception
Annualised
Since Manager Inception
Annualised
Fund % 4.41% 2.80% 4.36% 7.94% 7.94%
Indicative Benchmark % 4.74% 4.36% 4.51% 7.67% 7.67%
Excess Return % -0.33% -1.56% -0.15% 0.27% 0.27%

Inception Date 20-Sep-2011

Manager Inception Date 20-Sep-2011

Indicative Benchmark: ICE BofAML European Currency High Yield Constrained Excluding Subordinated Financials Index Hedged to EUR

Data as of  30-Sep-2019

  1 YR 3 YR
Annualised
5 YR
Annualised
Since Inception
Annualised
Fund % 4.41% 2.80% 4.36% 7.94%
Indicative Benchmark % 4.74% 4.36% 4.51% 7.67%
Excess Return % -0.33% -1.56% -0.15% 0.27%

Inception Date 20-Sep-2011

Indicative Benchmark: ICE BofAML European Currency High Yield Constrained Excluding Subordinated Financials Index Hedged to EUR

Data as of  30-Sep-2019

Performance figures calculated in EUR

Recent Performance

  Month to DateData as of 16-Oct-2019 Quarter to DateData as of 16-Oct-2019 Year to DateData as of 16-Oct-2019 1 MonthData as of 30-Sep-2019 3 MonthsData as of 30-Sep-2019
Fund % 0.00% 0.00% 11.61% 0.27% 1.82%
Indicative Benchmark % -0.05% -0.05% 8.65% -0.23% 1.01%
Excess Return % 0.05% 0.05% 2.96% 0.50% 0.81%

Inception Date 20-Sep-2011

Indicative Benchmark: ICE BofAML European Currency High Yield Constrained Excluding Subordinated Financials Index Hedged to EUR

Indicative Benchmark: ICE BofAML European Currency High Yield Constrained Excluding Subordinated Financials Index Hedged to EUR

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.

30-Sep-2019 - Mike Della Vedova, Portfolio Manager,
The European high yield market saw negative returns in September. Spreads widened moderately despite demand for high yield asset remaining strong. Within the portfolio, our exposures to the services and transportation sectors made the largest positive contributions. Our security selection within services led the way, largely due to our holdings in AA Bond Company, which is one of our long-held high-conviction positions. Our security selection and overweight exposure to the cable and satellite TV sector also aided performance. Some of our sector allocations, including an underweight to the automotive sector, also worked against us to a small extent. The technical driven environment can lead to short-term rallies in names, which we see as offering relatively low long-term performance potential. By rating, our security selection in the B rated category drove relative returns. Our allocation by rating bracket had a favourable impact on performance as well.

Holdings

Issuers

Top
Issuers
10
Top 10 Issuers 23.42% Was (31-Aug-2019) 23.41%
Other View Top 10 Issuers

Monthly data as of 30-Sep-2019

Holdings

Total
Holdings
93
Largest Holding Cabot Financial Luxembourg 2.86% Was (30-Jun-2019) 2.99%
Top 10 Holdings 21.55%
Other View Full Holdings Quarterly data as of 30-Sep-2019

Quality Rating View quality analysis

  Largest Overweight Largest Underweight
Quality Rating B Rated BB Rated
By % 17.10% -46.45%
Fund 43.54% 21.51%
Indicative Benchmark 26.44% 67.96%

Average Credit Quality

B+

Monthly Data as of 30-Sep-2019
Indicative Benchmark:  ICE BofAML European Currency High Yield Constrained Excluding Subordinated Financials Index Hedged to EUR

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 5-7 Years 1-3 Years
By % 15.02% -13.47%
Fund 46.06% 5.99%
Indicative Benchmark 31.04% 19.46%

Weighted Average Maturity

5.41 Years

Monthly Data as of 30-Sep-2019
Indicative Benchmark:  ICE BofAML European Currency High Yield Constrained Excluding Subordinated Financials Index Hedged to EUR

Duration View duration analysis

  Largest Overweight Largest Underweight
Duration Under 1 Year 3-5 Years
By % 12.99% -19.96%
Fund 31.44% 13.32%
Indicative Benchmark 18.45% 33.28%

Weighted Average Duration

2.10 Years

Monthly Data as of 30-Sep-2019
Indicative Benchmark:  ICE BofAML European Currency High Yield Constrained Excluding Subordinated Financials Index Hedged to EUR

30-Jun-2019 - Mike Della Vedova, Portfolio Manager,

We remain focused on names that can deliver performance through different market environments. Therefore, we resisted the temptation to add risk simply due to the technical tailwinds and continued to be selective regarding sectors and individual names.

Fundamental credit convictions drive industry allocation

We maintain an overweight position in the cable and satellite TV sector where we are identifying attractive opportunities offering positive, long-term potential and also benefiting from the supportive technicals. We are also finding value in the euro-denominated debt of American companies looking to take advantage of the lower yields in the European high yield market compared to the U.S. These companies allow us to gain exposure to attractive bonds with stable fundamentals.

We continue to hold a corresponding underweight to wirelines. While this industry shares similar characteristics to the cable and satellite TV sector, wirelines have been in secular decline at the expense of cable and wireless companies.�

Finding opportunities in higher-quality names

The European high yield market is a higher-quality option compared with U.S. high yield and particularly demarcated by credit quality, as each rating reveals a stark contrast of characteristics. We maintain an overweight in B rated securities and maintain that our fundamental research process can reveal opportunities for alpha generation in the sector. However, recognizing that the technical-driven demand for longer duration may hold for the near term, we have also added to higher quality, BB rated names with proven credit stories in which we were already overweight.

Industry

Total
Industries
27
Largest Industry Cable Operators 14.52% Was (31-Aug-2019) 14.52%
Other View complete Industry Diversification

Monthly Data as of 30-Sep-2019

Indicative Benchmark: ICE BofAML European Currency High Yield Constrained Excluding Subordinated Financials Index Hedged to EUR

Largest Overweight

Cable Operators
By9.92%
Fund 14.52%
Indicative Benchmark 4.60%

Largest Underweight

Other Telecommunications
By-10.28%
Fund 0.44%
Indicative Benchmark 10.72%

Monthly Data as of 30-Sep-2019

30-Sep-2019 - Mike Della Vedova, Portfolio Manager,
We maintain an overweight position in the cable and satellite TV sector where we are identifying attractive opportunities offering positive, long-term fundamentals. Conversely, we maintain an underweight to the wirelines sector, which faces secular headwinds despite strong short-term performance over the course of 2019. Select companies within the financial services sector also represents a top overweight, as many issuers continue to generate strong cash flow and appear attractive on a global basis, highlighting the importance of fundamental research.

Countries

Total
Countries
19
Largest Country United States 23.42% Was (31-Aug-2019) 23.66%
Other View complete Country Diversification

Monthly Data as of 30-Sep-2019

Indicative Benchmark: ICE BofAML European Currency High Yield Constrained Excluding Subordinated Financials Index Hedged to EUR

Largest Overweight

United States
By9.09%
Fund 23.42%
Indicative Benchmark 14.33%

Largest Underweight

Italy
By-4.52%
Fund 5.63%
Indicative Benchmark 10.16%

Monthly Data as of 30-Sep-2019

30-Sep-2017 - Mike Della Vedova, Portfolio Manager,
We do not expect to add value via currency management and typically hedge our non-euro exposure back to euros to limit volatility, keeping the focus on credit selection.

Currency

Total
Currencies
5
Largest Currency euro 99.98% Was (31-Aug-2019) 99.68%
Other View complete Currency Diversification

Monthly Data as of 30-Sep-2019

Indicative Benchmark : ICE BofAML European Currency High Yield Constrained Excluding Subordinated Financials Index Hedged to EUR

Largest Overweight

euro
By 11.77%
Fund 99.98%
Indicative Benchmark 88.22%

Largest Underweight

British pound sterling
By -11.73%
Fund 0.05%
Indicative Benchmark 11.78%

Monthly Data as of 30-Sep-2019

The fund is fully hedged back to euro, although direct exposure may total less than 100%. It is important to note that there can be no assurances that the currency hedging employed will fully eliminate the shareholder's exposure to exchange rate fluctuations.

31-Jul-2017 - Mike Della Vedova, Portfolio Manager,
We do not expect to add value via currency management and typically hedge our non-euro exposure back to euros to limit volatility, keeping the focus on credit selection.

Team (As of 31-Aug-2019)

Michael Della Vedova

Michael Della Vedova is a global high yield portfolio manager in the Fixed Income Division at T. Rowe Price. Mr. Della Vedova is a portfolio manager of the European High Yield Strategy and co-portfolio manager for the firm's Global High Yield Strategy. He is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. and T. Rowe Price International Ltd.

Mr. Della Vedova has 26 years of investment experience, 10 of which have been with T. Rowe Price. Prior to joining the firm in 2009, he was a cofounder and partner of Four Quarter Capital, a credit hedge fund focusing on below investment-grade European corporate debt. Mr. Della Vedova also spent six years as a senior analyst and assistant portfolio manager with Muzinich & Company Limited in London.

Mr. Della Vedova earned both an LL.B. and a B.Com. in finance from the University of New South Wales and a G.D.L.P. from the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. He also was admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Sydney.

  • Fund manager
    since
    2011
  • Years at
    T. Rowe Price
    10
  • Years investment
    experience
    26
Michael Lesesne

Michael Lesesne is a global high yield portfolio specialist in the Fixed Income Division at T. Rowe Price. He supports the High Yield, Bank Loan, and Credit Opportunities Strategies, working closely with clients, prospects, and consultants. Mr. Lesesne is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., and T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc.

Mr. Lesesne has 28 years of investment experience, seven of which have been with T. Rowe Price. Prior to joining the firm in 2012, Mr. Lesesne was a partner and director of credit research at Lord Abbett and, before that, a senior high yield credit analyst at Weiss, Peck & Greer and TIAA-CREF.

Mr. Lesesne earned a B.A. in business economics from Brown University  and an M.B.A. in finance from Columbia Business School.

  • Years at
    T. Rowe Price
    7
  • Years investment
    experience
    28

Fee Schedule

Share Class Minimum Initial Investment and Holding Amount Minimum Subsequent Investment Minimum Redemption Amount Sales Charge (up to) Investment Management Fee (up to) Ongoing Charges
Class A €15,000 €100 €100 5.00% 115 basis points 1.29%
Class I €2,500,000 €100,000 €0 0.00% 60 basis points 0.68%
Class Q €15,000 €100 €100 0.00% 60 basis points 0.74%
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.

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T. Rowe Price ("TRP") claims compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®). TRP has been independently verified for the twenty one- year period ended June 30, 2017 by KPMG LLP. The verification report is available upon request. Verification assesses whether (1) the firm has complied with all the composite construction requirements of the GIPS standards on a firm-wide basis and (2) the firm's policies and procedures are designed to calculate and present performance in compliance with the GIPS standards. Verification does not ensure the accuracy of any specific composite presentation.

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