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SICAV

Emerging Markets Corporate Bond Fund

Accessing diversified emerging market corporate debt.

ISIN LU0596126465 Bloomberg TRPEMCI:LX

3YR Return Annualised
(View Total Returns)

Total Assets
(USD)

7.64%
$262.9m

1YR Return
(View Total Returns)

Manager Tenure

7.41%
5yrs

Information Ratio
(5 Years)

Tracking Error
(5 Years)

0.07
2.17%

Inception Date 18-May-2011

Performance figures calculated in USD

31-Aug-2021 - Samy Muaddi, Portfolio Manager ,
Exogenous risks are our primary concern in emerging markets (EM) corporate debt today. The potential for further U.S. Treasury rates volatility combined with valuations below historic averages are cause for caution. Corporate fundamentals are generally healthy, but largely in the price. However, technical factors remain favourable due to strong inflows and low net bond issuance. Furthermore, EM corporate debt also still offers a meaningful yield pickup across the rating spectrum compared to developed market credit.
Samy Muaddi, CFA
Samy Muaddi, CFA, Co-Portfolio Manager

Samy Muaddi is a portfolio manager in the International Fixed Income Division. He is the portfolio manager of the Emerging Markets Bond Strategy and co-manages the Emerging Markets Corporate 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., T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., and T. Rowe Price International Ltd.

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Strategy

Manager's Outlook

U.S. Treasury yields moved lower in the second quarter, supporting emerging markets debt and reversing some of the first quarter's losses. Gradual credit spread compression was equally supportive to the asset class as the global economic recovery advanced and accommodative financial conditions persisted.�

Exogenous risks are our primary concern in EM corporate debt today. The potential for further U.S. Treasury rates volatility combined with valuations below historic averages are cause for caution. Corporate fundamentals are generally healthy, but largely in the price. Earnings and cash levels are elevated, and default rates are trending downward. Though we are monitoring margin pressures in some markets due to rising input prices.

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On the other hand, the broader global recovery and ample global liquidity should continue to support asset prices and further inflows into the asset class. Technicals are further supported by low net bond issuance. Furthermore, EM corporate debt offers a meaningful yield pickup across the rating spectrum compared to developed market credit, and the high carry provided by the asset class should continue to attract investors in an environment of low global yields and stretched equity valuations.

At the country level, we see both idiosyncratic risks and opportunities. Policy conditions in China present short-term challenges and we have reduced our overweight and are more mindful of risks to the lowest quality issuers in the market. But additional weakness may present attractive buying opportunities. We maintain above average exposure to investment grade markets, such as Indonesia and Mexico, and are increasing credit quality elsewhere in Latin America. In the high yield space, we have reduced exposure to more fragile markets such as Turkey, Brazil, and South Africa due deteriorating credit profiles and institutional quality. We have instead rotated more exposure to high yield Asia on improved valuations.

We remain heavily underweight the cyclical energy and financials sectors while preferring domestically focused sectors such as TMT, utilities, and real restate. We continue to see the best value in the BBB to BB credit rating segment of the market, and we maintain our underweight to the single-A and CCC areas of the market.��

As always, our process is centered around bottom-up, fundamental research and effective security selection. This approach will become increasingly important as the market environment becomes less beta-driven and fundamentals come back to the fore.

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 corporate bonds from emerging market issuers.

Investment Approach

  • Focus primarily on corporate debt issued by companies domiciled within emerging market countries.
  • Integrate proprietary credit research and relative value analysis.
  • Establish independent credit rating for each company and country.
  • Add value primarily through individual security selection decisions.
  • Limit risk through diversification.
  • Employ long-term investment horizon combined with low portfolio turnover.
  • Utilize collaboration across macroeconomic, equity and corporate debt teams to take a comprehensive view of corporate debt securities.
  • Diversification cannot assure a profit or protect against loss in a declining market.
  • 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 100-150 securities
  • Duration bands: managed within +/- 1 year of the benchmark
  • Expected average credit quality: BB
  • Maximum corporate issuer exposure of 3%
  • Country exposure will range between +/- 20% of index
  • Corporate sector exposure will range between +/- 20% of index
  • Expected tracking error will range between 250 - 450 bps

Performance (Class I)

Annualised Performance

  1 YR 3 YR
Annualised
5 YR
Annualised
10 YR
Annualised
Since Manager Inception
Annualised
Fund % 7.41% 7.64% 5.52% 5.84% 6.98%
Indicative Benchmark % 6.24% 7.71% 5.38% 5.63% 6.46%
Excess Return % 1.17% -0.07% 0.14% 0.21% 0.52%

Inception Date 18-May-2011

Manager Inception Date 30-Sep-2015

Indicative Benchmark: J.P. Morgan Corporate Emerging Market Bond Index Broad Diversified

Data as of 31-Aug-2021

Performance figures calculated in USD

  1 YR 3 YR
Annualised
5 YR
Annualised
10 YR
Annualised
Fund % 10.57% 7.64% 6.13% 5.63%
Indicative Benchmark % 8.67% 7.51% 5.79% 5.58%
Excess Return % 1.90% 0.13% 0.34% 0.05%

Inception Date 18-May-2011

Indicative Benchmark: J.P. Morgan Corporate Emerging Market Bond Index Broad Diversified

Data as of 30-Jun-2021

Performance figures calculated in USD

Recent Performance

  Month to DateData as of 24-Sep-2021 Quarter to DateData as of 24-Sep-2021 Year to DateData as of 24-Sep-2021 1 MonthData as of 31-Aug-2021 3 MonthsData as of 31-Aug-2021
Fund % -0.40% 0.41% 1.29% 1.05% 1.52%
Indicative Benchmark % -0.32% 0.60% 1.88% 0.71% 1.77%
Excess Return % -0.08% -0.19% -0.59% 0.34% -0.25%

Inception Date 18-May-2011

Indicative Benchmark: J.P. Morgan Corporate Emerging Market Bond Index Broad Diversified

Indicative Benchmark: J.P. Morgan Corporate Emerging Market Bond Index Broad Diversified

Performance figures calculated in USD

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-Aug-2021 - Samy Muaddi, Portfolio Manager ,
EM corporate debt generated modest total returns in August. Despite concerns about increased coronavirus infections hindering global growth, investors sought higher yields. EM credit spreads narrowed, offsetting slight increases in longer-term U.S. Treasuries. Within the portfolio, the real estate sector was a source of strength due to our security selection and overweight allocation. The Chinese property market partially recovered from recent weakness, supporting our selection of higher-yielding Chinese property developers Yuzhou, Times China, Kaisa, and Agile. Security selection within technology, media, and telecommunications sector also contributed to relative performance. Here, our positions in MercadoLibre, 21Vianet, and Sea generated gains following strong second-quarter earnings reports. In contrast, our security selection within the pulp and paper sector was a slight drag on results. Our position in industry leader Celulosa Arauco y Constitucion modestly underperformed amid softer earnings related to increased capital expenditure.

Holdings

Issuers

Top
Issuers
10
Top 10 Issuers 13.23% Was (31-Jul-2021) 13.02%
Other View Top 10 Issuers

Monthly data as of31-Aug-2021

Holdings

Total
Holdings
186
Largest Holding MAF Global Securities 1.29% Was (31-Mar-2021) 1.20%
Top 10 Holdings 11.33%
Other View Full Holdings Quarterly data as of  30-Jun-2021

Quality Rating View quality analysis

  Largest Overweight Largest Underweight
Quality Rating BB A
By % 15.85% -15.16%
Fund 35.22% 3.87%
Indicative Benchmark 19.37% 19.03%

Average Credit Quality

BB+

Monthly Data as of  31-Aug-2021
Indicative Benchmark:  J.P. Morgan Corporate Emerging Market Bond Index Broad 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 5-7 Years 1-3 Years
By % 11.96% -14.59%
Fund 27.17% 7.53%
Indicative Benchmark 15.21% 22.12%

Weighted Average Maturity

8.91 Years

Monthly Data as of  31-Aug-2021
Indicative Benchmark:  J.P. Morgan Corporate Emerging Market Bond Index Broad Diversified

Duration View duration analysis

  Largest Overweight Largest Underweight
Duration 5-7 Years 1-3 Years
By % 9.21% -14.72%
Fund 25.88% 10.95%
Indicative Benchmark 16.67% 25.68%

Weighted Average Duration

5.84 Years

Monthly Data as of  31-Aug-2021
Indicative Benchmark: J.P. Morgan Corporate Emerging Market Bond Index Broad Diversified

30-Jun-2021 - Samy Muaddi, Portfolio Manager ,

Overweight Domestically Oriented Sectors

The technology, media, and telecommunications sector remained our largest overweight, though we reduced our allocation to the sector. The generally higher-quality sector can be defensive during bouts of market volatility, but after an extended period of strong performance, we trimmed holdings in VTR Finance and eliminated Bharti Airtel.

The utilities sector remains an overweight, but we trimmed positions in some lower-yielding issuers as we sought more attractive relative value elsewhere. Enel and Grupo Energia were trimmed, while Ruwais Power was eliminated.

We increased consumer sector holdings by adding to Abu Dhabi Ports and Kernel. We also participated in a new issue from Stoneco. As economies reopen, the consumer sector is poised to benefit from increased demand.

The industrial sector grew to a significant overweight. We participated in new issues from higher-yielding higher-quality industrials Equate, Metalsa, Corporacion Inmobiliaria, and Nemak.

Underweight Lower-Yielding and Less-Attractive Risk-Adjusted Relative Value

The financials sector remains the largest underweight, though we added financial holdings during the quarter. We initiated positions in perpetual issues from Banco General and Banco Davivienda. These securities offered higher yields and potentially less sensitivity to rate increases.

We remain underweight the oil and gas sector but added to holdings. The portfolio remains focused on oil and gas companies that enjoy sovereign support. We initiated a position in higher-quality Tengizchevroil.

We remain underweight the metals and mining sector. Amid political uncertainty in Peru, we reduced holdings in VM Holding, Nexa, and Hudbay Minerals.

Credit Quality Considerations

From a secular perspective, we find the most value in BBB and BB credits. These segments generally offer opportunities to identify companies with improving fundamentals that are rating upgrade candidates or provide a stable and attractive risk-adjusted yield.

We modestly decreased risk in the portfolio over the quarter. We eliminated B rated Yuzhou Group and trimmed B rated Turkish holdings. We trimmed our holdings of BBB rated names, eliminating Indian utility Adani Transmissions on our analyst's conviction downgrade. We initiated a position in BB rated Adani Renewable as demand for renewable energy has been increasing. We continue to generally avoid distressed issuers in the CCC and below segment given their increased volatility, history of poor risk-adjusted returns and elevated default risk in the current environment.

Sectors

Total
Sectors
14
Largest Sector Financial 18.69% Was (31-Jul-2021) 18.60%
Other View complete Sector Diversification

Monthly Data as of 31-Aug-2021

Indicative Benchmark: J.P. Morgan Corporate Emerging Market Bond Index Broad Diversified

Largest Overweight

TMT
By6.09%
Fund 15.48%
Indicative Benchmark 9.39%

Largest Underweight

Financial
By-12.05%
Fund 18.69%
Indicative Benchmark 30.75%

Monthly Data as of 31-Aug-2021

31-Aug-2021 - Samy Muaddi, Portfolio Manager ,
Our focus is on companies that we believe are well positioned to benefit from domestic economic growth, such as those in consumer-related sectors, including technology, media, and telecommunications; utilities; and real estate. In contrast, we continue to have a lower exposure to financials given rich valuations in some areas and poor transparency. We also maintain an underweight exposure to extractive commodities sectors, such as oil and gas and metals and mining.

Countries

Total
Countries
38
Largest Country China 11.10% Was (31-Jul-2021) 11.58%
Other View complete Country Diversification

Monthly Data as of 31-Aug-2021

Indicative Benchmark: J.P. Morgan Corporate Emerging Market Bond Index Broad Diversified

Largest Overweight

Mexico
By5.58%
Fund 10.22%
Indicative Benchmark 4.64%

Largest Underweight

South Korea
By-3.52%
Fund 0.45%
Indicative Benchmark 3.97%

Monthly Data as of 31-Aug-2021

31-Dec-2016 - Samy Muaddi, Portfolio Manager ,
Countries with strong reform agendas including Brazil, Argentina, and Indonesia, remain a key focus of the strategy. On the other hand, we have trimmed our exposure to Mexico, largely through longer-maturity industrials, given the uncertainties around the potential renegotiation of North American free trade agreements

Currency

Total
Currencies
3
Largest Currency 99.67% Was (31-Jul-2021) 99.67%
Other View completeCurrency Diversification

Monthly Data as of  31-Aug-2021

Indicative Benchmark : J.P. Morgan Corporate Emerging Market Bond Index Broad Diversified

Largest Overweight

Indian rupee
By 0.33%
Fund 0.33%
Indicative Benchmark 0.00%

Largest Underweight

U.S. dollar
By -0.33%
Fund 99.67%
Indicative Benchmark 100.00%

Monthly Data as of  31-Aug-2021

Team (As of 10-Sep-2021)

Samy Muaddi, CFA

Samy Muaddi is a portfolio manager in the International Fixed Income Division. He is the portfolio manager of the Emerging Markets Bond Strategy and co-manages the Emerging Markets Corporate 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., T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., and T. Rowe Price International Ltd.

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
    2015
  • Years at
    T. Rowe Price
    15
  • Years investment
    experience
    15
Siby Thomas, CFA

Siby Thomas is a portfolio manager co-managing the Emerging Markets Corporate Bond Strategy in the Global Fixed Income Division. He is a vice president of the Multi-Sector Account Portfolios, Inc., and the International Funds, Inc., and a member of the Investment Advisory Committees for the Emerging Markets Corporate Multi-Sector Account Portfolio and the Emerging Markets Corporate Bond Fund. Siby also is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., and T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc.

Siby has been with T. Rowe Price since 2009, beginning as an emerging markets corporate credit analyst in the Fixed Income Division. Prior to this, he was an M.B.A. intern with T. Rowe Price. Prior to his current role, he was an associate portfolio manager on the Emerging Markets team. Before joining the firm, Siby was employed by Sargent & Lundy Engineers as a mechanical associate in the nuclear power division. 

Siby earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. in finance, accounting, and international business from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. He also has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation. 

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

  • Fund manager
    since
    2020
  • Years at
    T. Rowe Price
    12
  • Years investment
    experience
    12

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% 135 basis points 1.52%
Class I $2,500,000 $100,000 $0 0.00% 70 basis points 0.80%
Class Q $1,000 $100 $100 0.00% 70 basis points 0.87%
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.