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European High Yield Bond Fund

Research-driven, targeting consistent high income.

ISIN LU1032541671 WKN A1XEE2

3YR Return Annualised
(View Total Returns)

Total Assets
(EUR)

4.54%
€246.5m

1YR Return
(View Total Returns)

Manager Tenure

8.93%
7yrs

Information Ratio
(5 Years)

Tracking Error
(5 Years)

-0.44
1.90%

Inception Date 11-Feb-2014

Performance figures calculated in EUR

30-Sep-2021 - Michael Della Vedova, Portfolio Manager,
We remain positive on the macroeconomic backdrop. In addition, the European Central Bank’s highly accommodative stance continues to provide strong, yet indirect, fundamental support to European high yield markets. While we remain wary of inflation and winter coronavirus risks, historically tight spreads could continue to trade sideways in the absence of a catalyst.
Michael Della Vedova
Michael Della Vedova, Portfolio Manager

Mike Della Vedova is a global high yield portfolio manager in the Fixed Income Division. He is a portfolio manager for the Europe High Yield Bond Strategy and co-portfolio manager for the Global High Yield Bond Fund and Global High Income Bond 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 tracking error: 200–400 basis points

Performance (Class Q)

Annualised Performance

  1 YR 3 YR
Annualised
5 YR
Annualised
Since Inception
Annualised
Fund % 8.93% 4.54% 3.49% 4.54%
Indicative Benchmark % 9.35% 4.44% 4.33% 4.46%
Excess Return % -0.42% 0.10% -0.84% 0.08%

Inception Date 11-Feb-2014

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

Data as of 30-Sep-2021

Performance figures calculated in EUR

  1 YR 3 YR
Annualised
5 YR
Annualised
Since Inception
Annualised
Fund % 8.93% 4.54% 3.49% 4.54%
Indicative Benchmark % 9.35% 4.44% 4.33% 4.46%
Excess Return % -0.42% 0.10% -0.84% 0.08%

Inception Date 11-Feb-2014

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

Data as of 30-Sep-2021

Performance figures calculated in EUR

Recent Performance

  Month to DateData as of 15-Oct-2021 Quarter to DateData as of 15-Oct-2021 Year to DateData as of 15-Oct-2021 1 MonthData as of 30-Sep-2021 3 MonthsData as of 30-Sep-2021
Fund % -0.64% -0.64% 2.65% -0.07% 0.72%
Indicative Benchmark % -0.51% -0.51% 3.10% -0.10% 0.64%
Excess Return % -0.13% -0.13% -0.45% 0.03% 0.08%

Inception Date 11-Feb-2014

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.

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

30-Sep-2021 - Michael Della Vedova, Portfolio Manager,
European high yield bonds generated a negative return in September. Spreads ended the period slightly wider amid a rise in underlying sovereign yields driven by renewed fears of inflation and hawkish rhetoric from major central banks. Within the portfolio, asset allocation contributed to relative performance while security selection had a negative impact. Our underweight allocation to real estate boosted relative returns as the sector underperformed the overall high yield market. Our overweight exposure to the insurance sector was also supportive. By contrast, our underweight positions in the gaming and energy sectors, with the latter boosted by rising oil prices, held back relative returns. Our security selection within the retail and forestry/paper sectors also dragged, mostly due to our holdings in a British supermarket and European paper-packaging company. However, our selection in the services sector added, largely because of an Italian recycling company.

Holdings

Issuers

Top
Issuers
10
Top 10 Issuers 21.53% Was (31-Aug-2021) 22.91%
Other View Top 10 Issuers

Monthly data as of30-Sep-2021

Holdings

Total
Holdings
101
Largest Holding Titan Holdings II BV 2.35% Was (30-Jun-2021) 0.00%
Top 10 Holdings 19.73%
Other View Full Holdings Quarterly data as of  30-Sep-2021

Quality Rating View quality analysis

  Largest Overweight Largest Underweight
Quality Rating B Rated BB Rated
By % 28.70% -52.18%
Fund 54.50% 16.56%
Indicative Benchmark 25.80% 68.74%

Average Credit Quality

B

Monthly Data as of  30-Sep-2021
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 % 15.22% -20.45%
Fund 37.93% 1.86%
Indicative Benchmark 22.71% 22.32%

Weighted Average Maturity

5.65 Years

Monthly Data as of  30-Sep-2021
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 3-5 Years 1-3 Years
By % 8.12% -12.45%
Fund 43.05% 21.15%
Indicative Benchmark 34.93% 33.60%

Weighted Average Duration

3.10 Years

Monthly Data as of  30-Sep-2021
Indicative Benchmark: ICE BofAML European Currency High Yield Constrained Excluding Subordinated Financials Index Hedged to EUR

30-Jun-2021 - Michael Della Vedova, Portfolio Manager,

We continued to draw on our bottom-up fundamental research to identify names that we felt continued to offer long-term potential. While the primary market was active over the period, the skew toward lower-quality names late in the period highlighted the importance of undertaking credit-intensive research. After reviewing, we found less value in the primary market and decided to forgo several opportunities due to new issue structures or unappealing valuations and fundamentals.

Long-term credit convictions drive industry allocation

Our research-based, flexible approach will remain important going forward as we expect to see greater market emphasis on fundamentals. The cable and satellite TV sector remained one of the portfolio's largest sector overweight positions. While the sector has been a top contributor to performance through times of volatility brought on by the pandemic, we took the opportunity take profits and to trim exposure during the quarter in select names that we felt were trading at very tight spread levels or were refinanced at lower levels. However, we remain positive on the overall outlook for this sector as it stands to benefit over the long term from trends in media consumption and stable, recurring revenue business models. We maintain a corresponding underweight to wirelines, as many of the issuers face secularly declining businesses.

Elsewhere, we remained underweight the automotive sector due to long-term industry disruption concerns; however, our underweight allocation was reduced as a result of security-specific transactions and new issues that came to the market. Given tight valuations and our low interest rate outlook, we also moved further underweight the banking sector as we see less value in European banks compared with other segments of the European high yield market. Signs of improving demand and a brighter European economic outlook due to vaccines led us to increase our exposure to the leisure sector.

B rated names continue to offer attractive relative value

Our overall rating allocation is a byproduct of our bottom-up security selection. While the near term could see further swings in market direction, we continue to identify names within the B rated category that offer attractive valuations relative to favorable fundamentals. These convictions drive our overweight exposure to the rating bracket. We hold a corresponding underweight to the BB bracket, instead prioritizing companies within brackets that offer long-term performance potential.

Sovereign views and policies are a key input to risk assessment

Proprietary sovereign views serve as a key input in our overall risk assessment. Our research-based, flexible approach will be particularly important going forward. As different fiscal, monetary, and health responses play out between countries, our ability to capture dislocations can help avoid further volatility while being best positioned for a continued recovery. �

Divergent bankrupt policies and recovery rates across countries adds an additional layer of complexity, highlighting the importance of an active approach to high yield investing. We believe our research in this area helps us account for the different levels of risk related to variance in default and recovery policies and where spread levels offer the best compensation for these risks. Our holistic view of capital structures and willingness to invest in holding companies is reflected in an allocation to companies domiciled in Luxembourg. Any non-euro-denominated bonds are fully hedged back to the euro.

Industry

Total
Industries
27
Largest Industry Retail 10.70% Was (31-Aug-2021) 10.09%
Other View complete Industry Diversification

Monthly Data as of 30-Sep-2021

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

Largest Overweight

Leisure
By4.40%
Fund 6.38%
Indicative Benchmark 1.98%

Largest Underweight

Utility
By-5.32%
Fund 0.67%
Indicative Benchmark 5.99%

Monthly Data as of 30-Sep-2021

30-Sep-2021 - Michael Della Vedova, Portfolio Manager,
We maintain an overweight exposure to the cable and satellite TV sector. This positioning is based on our expectations that the sector will likely benefit over the long term from secular trends in media consumption and stable, recurring revenue business models. We maintain a corresponding underweight exposure to wirelines, as many issuers face secularly declining businesses. We also remained overweight the leisure sector due the vaccine-led improvement to Europe’s economic outlook and signs of recovering demand.

Countries

Total
Countries
20
Largest Country United States 24.19% Was (31-Aug-2021) 23.90%
Other View complete Country Diversification

Monthly Data as of 30-Sep-2021

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

Largest Overweight

United States
By11.36%
Fund 24.19%
Indicative Benchmark 12.83%

Largest Underweight

Italy
By-7.93%
Fund 4.24%
Indicative Benchmark 12.17%

Monthly Data as of 30-Sep-2021

30-Sep-2017 - Michael 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 100.00% Was (31-Aug-2021) 99.89%
Other View completeCurrency Diversification

Monthly Data as of  30-Sep-2021

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

Largest Overweight

euro
By 11.00%
Fund 100.00%
Indicative Benchmark 89.00%

Largest Underweight

British pound sterling
By -11.04%
Fund -0.04%
Indicative Benchmark 11.00%

Monthly Data as of  30-Sep-2021

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 - Michael 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 01-Oct-2021)

Michael Della Vedova

Mike Della Vedova is a global high yield portfolio manager in the Fixed Income Division. He is a portfolio manager for the Europe High Yield Bond Strategy and co-portfolio manager for the Global High Yield Bond Fund and Global High Income Bond Strategy. He is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., and T. Rowe Price International Ltd.

Mike’s investment experience began in 1994, and he has been with T. Rowe Price since 2009, beginning in the Fixed Income department. Prior to this, Mike was cofounder and partner of Four Quarter Capital, a credit hedge fund focusing on below investment-grade European corporate debt. Mike also was employed by Muzinich & Company as a senior analyst and assistant portfolio manager in London.

Mike earned an LL.B. and a B.Com. in finance from the University of New South Wales and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP) from the University of Technology, Sydney. He also was admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

  • Fund manager
    since
    2014
  • Years at
    T. Rowe Price
    12
  • Years investment
    experience
    28
Michael Lesesne

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

Michael’s investment experience began in 1991, and he has been with T. Rowe Price since 2012, beginning as a global high yield portfolio specialist in the Fixed Income Investment Specialists department. Prior to T. Rowe Price, Michael was employed by Lord Abbett as a partner and director of credit research. Before that, Michael was a senior high yield credit analyst at Weiss, Peck & Greer and at TIAA-CREF.

Michael 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
    9
  • Years investment
    experience
    30

Fee Schedule

Share Class Minimum Initial Investment and Holding Amount (EUR) Minimum Subsequent Investment (EUR) Minimum Redemption Amount (EUR) Sales Charge (up to) Investment Management Fee (up to) Ongoing Charges
Class A €1,000 €100 €100 5.00% 115 basis points 1.28%
Class I €2,500,000 €100,000 €0 0.00% 60 basis points 0.67%
Class Q €1,000 €100 €100 0.00% 60 basis points 0.71%
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.