SICAV

Emerging Markets Corporate Bond Fund

Accessing diversified emerging market corporate debt.

ISIN LU1127969910 Bloomberg TRGEMQE:LX

3YR Return Annualised
(View Total Returns)

Total Assets
(USD)

4.79%
$158.4m

1YR Return
(View Total Returns)

Manager Tenure

2.80%
5yrs

Information Ratio
(5 Years)

Tracking Error
(5 Years)

0.05
2.53%

Inception Date 28-Oct-2014

Performance figures calculated in EUR

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31-May-2020 - Samy Muaddi, Portfolio Manager,
The recent global sell-off in risk assets brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, an oil supply shock, and market illiquidity led to historically cheap valuations in emerging markets corporate debt. Markets have since partially recovered quickly, and the risk-reward tradeoff is now more balanced. While a sudden, unexpected slowdown in global growth will inevitably weigh on fundamentals, and some more vulnerable companies might not survive, most companies should weather the storm and continue to gradually recover.
Samy Muaddi, CFA
Samy Muaddi, CFA, Portfolio Manager

Samy Muaddi is a portfolio manager in the International Fixed Income Division. He is the lead manager of the Emerging Markets Corporate Bond and Asia Credit Bond Strategies and co-manages the Emerging Markets Bond and Global High Income Bond Strategies. Samy also is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., and T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc.

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Strategy

Manager's Outlook

Emerging markets corporate debt suffered from a historic spike in credit spreads during the last month of the first quarter as the coronavirus pandemic and an oil supply shock catalyzed a global sell-off in risk assets. Fund outflows drove forced sellers to liquidate positions at deeply depressed prices. Illiquidity across fixed income markets further exacerbated declines.

Our portfolios were relatively defensively positioned entering the crisis. We had earlier rotated significant regional exposure toward Asia and deepened our underweight to the oil and gas sector to its lowest ever level. However, our otherwise credit-biased portfolio did suffer due to the large magnitude and indiscriminate nature of the sell-off particularly in our preferred B, BB and BBB segments.

Despite the potential for more near-term volatility, we see a highly attractive entry point for emerging markets corporate debt, and we consider this the most attractive portfolio we have ever owned. We believe many issuers are oversold at current levels, and we are encouraged by recent fiscal and monetary steps taken by developed and emerging markets to support an eventual rebound in confidence. �Furthermore, the high carry provided by EM debt should attract investors in an environment of record-low developed market yields once markets gain some equilibrium.

Our current investment strategy is focused simultaneously on both survival and revival. We are eliminating the most vulnerable, distressed credits from the portfolio as defaults in the asset class are likely to increase in the year ahead. Recent trims and eliminations have been in lower quality energy producers and metals and mining companies. We are also holding a sufficiently liquid portion of the portfolio to mitigate future potential volatility. It is possible we may see another drawdown in the market, but we expect this to occur in a more proportionate fashion, punishing fundamentally weak sectors and countries. As such, we are avoiding these areas of the market.

At the same time, the portfolio is taking advantage of extremely attractive valuations to add risk and increase our carry versus the benchmark. Recent adds have been in dislocated Latin American companies and strong quasi-sovereign issuers. Our largest positions are in Brazil, China, and India. We continue to see the best value in the BBB to BB credit rating segment of the market and maintain our underweight to the AA, A, and CCC areas of the market. As always, security selection and issuer conviction are key to our process.

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.

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 Q | EUR)

Annualised Performance

  1 YR 3 YR
Annualised
5 YR
Annualised
Since Inception
Annualised
Since Manager Inception
Annualised
Fund % 2.80% 4.79% 5.08% 6.99% 6.19%
Indicative Benchmark % 5.19% 5.05% 4.96% 7.16% 5.89%
Excess Return % -2.39% -0.26% 0.12% -0.17% 0.30%

Inception Date 28-Oct-2014

Manager Inception Date 30-Sep-2015

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

Data as of  30-Jun-2020

Performance figures calculated in USD

  1 YR 3 YR
Annualised
5 YR
Annualised
Since Inception
Annualised
Fund % 2.80% 4.79% 5.08% 6.99%
Indicative Benchmark % 5.19% 5.05% 4.96% 7.16%
Excess Return % -2.39% -0.26% 0.12% -0.17%

Inception Date 28-Oct-2014

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

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 % -0.41% -0.41% -2.99% 2.59% 10.88%
Indicative Benchmark % 0.07% 0.07% -0.15% 1.76% 8.58%
Excess Return % -0.48% -0.48% -2.84% 0.83% 2.30%

Inception Date 28-Oct-2014

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-May-2020 - Samy Muaddi, Portfolio Manager,
Emerging markets corporate debt generated solid returns in May, climbing amid hopes for a rapid development of an effective vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus and optimism about a robust global economic recovery as nations reopen for business. Gains were tempered somewhat by tensions between the U.S. and China. Within the portfolio, our positioning in the transportation sector held back relative performance due to our overweight allocation as well as our selection of higher yielding airlines, such as Latam Airlines, which initiated bankruptcy protection. Our underweight allocation to the oil and gas sector hindered relative results further as oil prices surged from historically low prices amid an agreed upon supply cut. Conversely, our financial sector positioning added to relative results due to our selection of higher-yielding banks as well as our underweight allocation to the relatively defensive sector. Similarly, our selection of higher-yielding industrials Cemex and Tata were positive.

Holdings

Issuers

Top
Issuers
10
Top 10 Issuers 14.79% Was (31-May-2020) 14.88%
Other View Top 10 Issuers

Monthly data as of 30-Jun-2020

Holdings

Total
Holdings
157
Largest Holding Globo Comunicacao E Participacoes 1.71% Was (31-Dec-2019) 1.62%
Top 10 Holdings 13.08%
Other View Full Holdings Quarterly data as of 30-Jun-2020

Quality Rating View quality analysis

  Largest Overweight Largest Underweight
Quality Rating BB A
By % 16.64% -16.41%
Fund 35.89% 4.37%
Indicative Benchmark 19.24% 20.78%

Average Credit Quality

BB

Monthly Data as of 30-Jun-2020
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 % 3.61% -6.24%
Fund 18.24% 16.88%
Indicative Benchmark 14.62% 23.12%

Weighted Average Maturity

7.19 Years

Monthly Data as of 30-Jun-2020
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 % 7.03% -10.52%
Fund 24.93% 16.23%
Indicative Benchmark 17.90% 26.75%

Weighted Average Duration

5.74 Years

Monthly Data as of 30-Jun-2020
Indicative Benchmark:  J.P. Morgan Corporate Emerging Market Bond Index Broad Diversified

31-Mar-2020 - Samy Muaddi, Portfolio Manager,

Overweight Domestically Oriented Sectors

The technology, media, and telecommunications sector remained the portfolio's largest overweight. We reduced positions in lower-yielding Bharti Airtel and SK Hynix and added to high-conviction, higher-yielding Globo Comunicacao, and Axtel.

We added to our overweight allocation to the real estate sector. We added to preferred high-yielding Chinese property developers CIFI, Shimao, and Times China. These companies generated strong growth last year and have proven resilient in the face of market volatility.

We added to utilities holdings in higher-quality countries, moving to an overweight allocation. We added to Chilean utility AES Gere. We also added to higher-yielding Oman Grid.

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

The financials sector remains the largest underweight, though we added to financial holdings during the quarter. We added to higher-yielding banks in countries with strong financial systems, such as Emirates Bank and Bank of East Asia, as well as higher-quality Kuwait Projects.

We increased our underweight allocation to the oil and gas sector, eliminating some lower-yielding issuers, such as Sasol, KazMunayGas, and Abu Dhabi National Energy. The portfolio remains focused on quasi-sovereigns, adding to YPF and Petroleos Mexicanos.

We reduced exposure to the metals and mining sector and are underweight. We eliminated lower-quality Vedanta, First Quantum, and Indika Energy as these companies could be stressed by lower commodities prices.

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 increased our holdings of BBB rated names that offer attractive risk-adjusted value, such as DP World, one of the largest container port operators in the world. �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 TMT 19.64% Was (31-May-2020) 19.83%
Other View complete Sector Diversification

Monthly Data as of 30-Jun-2020

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

Largest Overweight

TMT
By8.43%
Fund 19.64%
Indicative Benchmark 11.21%

Largest Underweight

Financial
By-14.08%
Fund 16.79%
Indicative Benchmark 30.87%

Monthly Data as of 30-Jun-2020

31-May-2020 - Samy Muaddi, Portfolio Manager,
We focus on companies that we believe are well-positioned to benefit from domestic economic growth, such as those in real estate and consumer-related sectors. In contrast, we continue to have a lower exposure to financials in the portfolio, given rich valuations in some areas and poor transparency. We have maintained our deep underweight to the oil and gas sector and partially closed our underweight position in the consumer sector.

Countries

Total
Countries
38
Largest Country China 16.50% Was (31-May-2020) 15.77%
Other View complete Country Diversification

Monthly Data as of 30-Jun-2020

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

Largest Overweight

China
By8.18%
Fund 16.50%
Indicative Benchmark 8.32%

Largest Underweight

Hong Kong
By-3.75%
Fund 0.95%
Indicative Benchmark 4.71%

Monthly Data as of 30-Jun-2020

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 U.S. dollar 100.00% Was (31-May-2020) 99.99%
Other View complete Currency Diversification

Monthly Data as of 30-Jun-2020

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

Largest Overweight

U.S. dollar
By 0.00%
Fund 100.00%
Indicative Benchmark 100.00%

Largest Underweight

British pound sterling
By -0.00%
Fund -0.00%
Indicative Benchmark 0.00%

Monthly Data as of 30-Jun-2020

Team (As of 10-Jul-2020)

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 and Asia Credit Bond Strategies and co-manages the Emerging Markets Bond and Global High Income Bond Strategies. Samy also is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., and T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc.

Samy’s investment experience began in 2006 when he joined T. Rowe Price, 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
    2014
  • Years at
    T. Rowe Price
    14
  • Years investment
    experience
    14

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.

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