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Emerging Local Markets Bond Fund

Research-driven investment in emerging market local currency sovereign bonds.

ISIN LU1629937985 Bloomberg TRPELBI:LX

3YR Return Annualised
(View Total Returns)

Total Assets
(USD)

1.22%
$102.9m

1YR Return
(View Total Returns)

Manager Tenure

-1.85%
3yrs

Inception Date 16-Jun-2017

Performance figures calculated in EUR

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31-May-2020 - Andrew Keirle, Portfolio Manager,
Following the sharp sell-off in March, we increased our risk profile in anticipation of a recovery that has begun to materialise. We remain constructive on the asset class due to foreign exchange valuations that remain very attractive and supportive technical factors as investors’ positioning in the asset class is still very low. We also expect increased discrepancy between companies with strong and weak fundamentals, creating potential opportunities for us given our focus on bottom-up security selection.
Andrew Keirle
Andrew Keirle, Portfolio Manager

Andrew Keirle is a senior portfolio manager in the Fixed Income Division and a member of the Global Fixed Income Investment Team. Mr. Keirle is the lead portfolio manager for the Emerging Markets Local Currency Bond Strategy and has important input on a number of emerging markets bond strategies and global fixed income strategies. He is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. and T. Rowe Price International Ltd.

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Strategy

Manager's Outlook

Emerging markets local currency bonds will likely continue to experience volatility in the coming months as the full economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak becomes clear. We do not expect any sustained recovery until it appears the spread of the coronavirus is under control. EM currencies, in particular, could see further weakness as investors prioritize perceived safe-haven developed market currencies.

Global economic data will likely see further drops in the coming weeks and months as the full effects of economic shutdowns filter through. Economies most reliant on commodity prices could underperform as demand will likely remain subdued. An agreement on output cuts by oil-producing countries could provide support, however.

We expect global central banks and governments in both developed economies as well as EMs to continue to respond to the coronavirus outbreak and provide support. Concerted action on monetary easing and fiscal stimulus could help provide a floor to the sell-offs. Accommodative policies are likely to remain in place for the foreseeable future and could result in a sharp recovery later in 2020, once it is clear the outbreak is easing.��

We are more constructive in our medium- to long-term outlook for EM local currency bond markets. Yields have risen in absolute and relative terms toward levels that have historically resulted in strong performance. Currency valuations are also increasingly attractive. While near-term volatility is expected, we believe investors can find attractive opportunities by focusing on a longer-term investment horizon. In this environment, a selective approach is essential, in our opinion, to identify countries that can maintain healthy fundamentals and potentially rebound when global markets stabilize. �

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, with a focus on bonds that are denominated in the local currency.

Investment Approach

  • Focus primarily on sovereign debt denominated in the currencies of the respective emerging countries.
  • Integrate proprietary credit research and relative value analysis.
  • Establish independent credit rating by country.
  • Add value through active country, currency and individual security selection decisions.
  • Limit risk through diversification.
  • Employ long-term investment horizon combined with low portfolio turnover.

Portfolio Construction

  • Higher concentration portfolio structure: typically 100-150 securities
  • Duration bands: managed within +/- 2 years of the benchmark
  • Average Credit Quality: BBB
  • Country exposure maximum 30% per country
  • Target tracking error: 200-400 bps

Performance (Class I | EUR)

Annualised Performance

  1 YR 3 YR
Annualised
5 YR
Annualised
Since Inception
Annualised
Fund % -1.85% 1.22% N/A 0.30%
Indicative Benchmark % -1.47% 1.66% N/A 0.84%
Excess Return % -0.38% -0.44% N/A -0.54%

Inception Date 16-Jun-2017

Indicative Benchmark: Linked Benchmark

Data as of  30-Jun-2020

Performance figures calculated in USD

  1 YR 3 YR
Annualised
5 YR
Annualised
Since Inception
Annualised
Fund % -1.85% 1.22% N/A 0.30%
Indicative Benchmark % -1.47% 1.66% N/A 0.84%
Excess Return % -0.38% -0.44% N/A -0.54%

Inception Date 16-Jun-2017

Indicative Benchmark: Linked Benchmark

Data as of  30-Jun-2020

Performance figures calculated in USD

Recent Performance

  Month to DateData as of 09-Jul-2020 Quarter to DateData as of 09-Jul-2020 Year to DateData as of 09-Jul-2020 1 MonthData as of 30-Jun-2020 3 MonthsData as of 30-Jun-2020
Fund % 0.59% 0.59% -6.54% -0.49% 8.49%
Indicative Benchmark % 0.48% 0.48% -6.50% -0.50% 7.28%
Excess Return % 0.11% 0.11% -0.04% 0.01% 1.21%

Inception Date 16-Jun-2017

Indicative Benchmark: Linked Benchmark

Indicative Benchmark: Linked Benchmark

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.

Effective 1 January 2011, the benchmark for the sub-fund was changed to J.P. Morgan Government Bond Index-Emerging Markets (GBI-EM) Global Diversified. Prior to 1 January 2011, the benchmark was the J.P. Morgan Government Bond Index-Emerging Markets Broad Diversified Index. The benchmark change was made because the firm viewed the new benchmark to be a better representation of the investment strategy of the sub-fund. Historical benchmark representations have not been restated.

31-May-2020 - Andrew Keirle, Portfolio Manager,
EM local currency bonds delivered positive returns in May as the market rebound from lows in late March continued. The improved backdrop for EM assets stemmed from optimism that major global economies were starting to ease restrictions that had been in place to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Within the portfolio, our overweight exposure to South African local currency bonds made a strong positive contribution as the country, which had been among the weaker performers earlier in the year, benefitted from the improved appetite for risk assets. However, our underweight position in Colombian bonds, which rose alongside oil prices, hindered relative performance. In currencies, our overweight in the Mexican peso added value as it was among the top-performing currencies in May. Our overweight exposure to the Russian rouble also helped. Our underweight to the Turkish lira had a modest negative impact, however, as the volatile currency improved amid the wider risk rally.

Holdings

Issuers

Top
Issuers
10
Top 10 Issuers 69.43% Was (31-May-2020) 68.13%
Other View Top 10 Issuers

Monthly data as of 30-Jun-2020

Holdings

Total
Holdings
100
Largest Holding Brazil Notas do Tesouro Nacional Serie F 3.21% Was (31-Dec-2019) 3.19%
Top 10 Holdings 26.75%
Other View Full Holdings Quarterly data as of 30-Jun-2020

Quality Rating View quality analysis

  Largest Overweight Largest Underweight
Quality Rating B A
By % 2.35% -6.46%
Fund 3.41% 18.72%
Indicative Benchmark 1.06% 25.18%

Average Credit Quality

BBB

Monthly Data as of 30-Jun-2020
Indicative Benchmark:  J.P. Morgan GBI - EM 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.

Duration View duration analysis

  Largest Overweight Largest Underweight
Duration 5-7 Years 1-3 Years
By % 12.27% -14.88%
Fund 32.15% 8.23%
Indicative Benchmark 19.88% 23.11%

Weighted Average Duration

5.38 Years

Monthly Data as of 30-Jun-2020
Indicative Benchmark:  J.P. Morgan GBI - EM Global Diversified

31-Mar-2020 - Andrew Keirle, Portfolio Manager,

Bond Allocation

  • We reduced the portfolio's overall duration exposure intraperiod as we recognized the escalation in the coronavirus outbreak and its impact on oil prices and the global economy would likely persist for the near term. However, at the end of the period we began selectively adding to some markets, such as Brazil, which we believe may have oversold and represent long-term value.�
  • We remain overweight Mexico as we see potential for the country to maintain healthy fundamentals and potentially ease policy further during the near-term volatility. Conversely, we are underweight Chile as its sensitivity to commodity prices may result in ongoing underperformance.
  • In Asia, after closing an overweight mid-period, we began moderately adding to our off-benchmark exposure in India as we believe current prices offer long-term value. We remained underweight to Thailand through the period.
  • In emerging Europe, we maintained an overweight to Russia as we believe the country offers healthy account balances and stable policy.We also moved to an overweight to Poland as we see the country's central bank likely to remain more dovish than regional counterparts. We added to an overweight to Romania as we see potential for the country to maintain a stable fiscal position. Conversely, we hold an underweight to the Czech Republic.

Currency Selection

  • We reduced the portfolio's exposure to EM local currencies during the quarter as we recognized the likelihood for weakness in the near term. We also reduced or closed short positions in currencies such as the Singapore dollar, which can show relative stability in volatile markets.
  • We moved from a neutral position in the Colombian peso to an underweight, with the low oil prices likely to make an impact in the coming weeks. We also reduced our exposure to the Chilean peso.
  • Elsewhere, we moderated an off-benchmark exposure to the Indian rupee and closed overweights to the Czech koruna and Romanian leu.
  • Following the sell-off during the first quarter, valuations in EM currencies improved. We moderately began building exposures back up in some currencies, including the Mexico peso and Indonesia rupiah, where we view current levels offering long-term value.

Sectors

Total
Sectors
5
Largest Sector Sovereign 93.90% Was (31-May-2020) 91.76%
Other View complete Sector Diversification

Monthly Data as of 30-Jun-2020

Indicative Benchmark: J.P. Morgan GBI - EM Global Diversified

Largest Overweight

Corporate
By2.55%
Fund 2.55%
Indicative Benchmark 0.00%

Largest Underweight

Sovereign
By-6.10%
Fund 93.90%
Indicative Benchmark 100.00%

Monthly Data as of 30-Jun-2020

30-Nov-2015 - Andrew Keirle, Portfolio Manager,
We maintain off-benchmark allocations to selected U.S. dollar-denominated and euro-denominated sovereign and quasi-sovereign bonds that hold attractive relative value.

Regions

Total
Regions
5
Largest Region Asia 30.51% Was (31-May-2020) 31.07%
Other View complete Region Diversification

Monthly Data as of 30-Jun-2020

Indicative Benchmark: J.P. Morgan GBI - EM Global Diversified

Largest Overweight

Middle East & Africa
By4.45%
Fund 11.84%
Indicative Benchmark 7.39%

Largest Underweight

Emerging Europe
By-5.85%
Fund 26.26%
Indicative Benchmark 32.11%

Monthly Data as of 30-Jun-2020

Countries

Total
Countries
33
Largest Country Indonesia 10.52% Was (31-May-2020) 10.69%
Other View complete Country Diversification

Monthly Data as of 30-Jun-2020

Indicative Benchmark: J.P. Morgan GBI - EM Global Diversified

Largest Overweight

South Africa
By2.19%
Fund 9.58%
Indicative Benchmark 7.39%

Largest Underweight

Poland
By-4.74%
Fund 3.82%
Indicative Benchmark 8.55%

Monthly Data as of 30-Jun-2020

31-May-2020 - Andrew Keirle, Portfolio Manager,
As global yields and EM credit risk premia has fallen in recent months, we have begun trimming duration in some of our higher beta overweights, such as South Africa. We maintained positions in countries that demonstrate positive reforms processes and a commitment to upholding stable fundamentals. For example, we continue to hold out-of-benchmark positions in India and Serbia. Conversely, we reduced our exposure to Brazil as political uncertainty amid the worsening coronavirus pandemic in the country could result in heightened volatility.

Currency

Total
Currencies
34
Largest Currency Mexican peso 12.32% Was (31-May-2020) 13.66%
Other View complete Currency Diversification

Monthly Data as of 30-Jun-2020

Indicative Benchmark : J.P. Morgan GBI - EM Global Diversified

Largest Overweight

Czech koruna
By 3.04%
Fund 8.04%
Indicative Benchmark 5.00%

Largest Underweight

U.S. dollar
By -6.49%
Fund -6.49%
Indicative Benchmark 0.00%

Monthly Data as of 30-Jun-2020

31-May-2020 - Andrew Keirle, Portfolio Manager,
Our outlook on EM currencies has improved, and we have started to add back to some risk positions as many EM currencies remain undervalued. We continued to build up a position in the Mexican peso as we believe its recent rally can continue. Elsewhere, we hold an overweight in the Czech koruna as the country’s central bank could remain more hawkish relative to regional peers. We reduced our exposure to the more defensive Korean won during the month as we see more attractive value opportunities elsewhere.

Team (As of 10-Jul-2020)

Andrew Keirle

Andrew Keirle is a senior portfolio manager in the Fixed Income Division and a member of the Global Fixed Income Investment Team. Mr. Keirle is the lead portfolio manager for the Emerging Markets Local Currency Bond Strategy and has important input on a number of emerging markets bond strategies and global fixed income strategies. He is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. and T. Rowe Price International Ltd.

Mr. Keirle has 23 years of investment experience, 14 of which have been with T. Rowe Price. Prior to joining the firm in 2005, he was a portfolio manager and analyst at Lazard Asset Management. Prior to joining Lazard, Mr. Keirle spent seven years as a global portfolio manager at Gulf International Bank in London.

Mr. Keirle is a qualified member of the Institute of Investment Management and Research, and he also holds a diploma from the Society of Technical Analysts. He graduated with a B.Sc. in economics and politics from the University of Swansea at the University of Wales.

  • Fund manager
    since
    2017
  • Years at
    T. Rowe Price
    15
  • Years investment
    experience
    24

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 I $2,500,000 $100,000 $0 0.00% 65 basis points 0.75%
Class Q $1,000 $100 $100 0.00% 65 basis points 0.82%
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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