Fixed Income

BSF ESG Euro Bond Fund

Overview

Important Information: Capital at Risk. All financial investments involve an element of risk. Therefore, the value of your investment and the income from it will vary and your initial investment amount cannot be guaranteed.

All financial investments involve an element of risk. Therefore, the value of your investment and the income from it will vary and your initial investment amount cannot be guaranteed. The fund invests a large portion of assets which are denominated in other currencies; hence changes in the relevant exchange rate will affect the value of the investment. The fund invests in fixed interest securities such as corporate or government bonds which pay a fixed or variable rate of interest (also known as the ‘coupon’) and behave similarly to a loan. These securities are therefore exposed to changes in interest rates which will affect the value of any securities held. The fund invests in fixed interest securities issued by companies which, compared to bonds issued or guaranteed by governments, are exposed to greater risk of default in the repayment of the capital provided to the company or interest payments due to the fund. The Fund utilises derivatives as part of its investment strategy. Compared to a fund which only invests in traditional instruments such as stocks and bonds, derivatives are potentially subject to a higher level of risk and volatility. The strategies utilised by the Fund involve the use of derivatives to facilitate certain investment management techniques including the establishment of both ‘long’ and ‘synthetic short’ positions and creation of market leverage for the purposes of increasing the economic exposure of a Fund beyond the value of its net assets. The use of derivatives in this manner may have the effect of increasing the overall risk profile of the Fund. The fund investments may be subject to liquidity constraints, which means that shares may trade less frequently and in small volumes, for instance smaller companies. As a result, changes in the value of investments may be more unpredictable. In certain cases, it may not be possible to sell the security at the last market price quoted or at a value considered to be fairest. The insolvency of any institutions providing services such as safekeeping of assets or acting as counterparty to derivatives or other instruments, may expose the Fund to financial loss.
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Performance

Performance

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  From
31-Dec-2015
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31-Dec-2016
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31-Dec-2016
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31-Dec-2017
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31-Dec-2017
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31-Dec-2018
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31-Dec-2019
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31-Dec-2020
Total Return (%)

as of 31-Dec-20

- 0.86 -0.14 6.06 4.54
Benchmark (%)

as of 31-Dec-20

- 0.67 0.42 5.91 4.21
  1y 3y 5y 10y Incept.
2.03 3.34 - - 1.88
Benchmark (%)

as of 31-Jan-21

1.61 3.48 - - 1.81
  YTD 1m 3m 1y 3y 5y 10y Incept.
-0.57 -0.57 -0.10 2.03 10.35 - - 8.63
Benchmark (%)

as of 31-Jan-21

-0.48 -0.48 -0.13 1.61 10.80 - - 8.28

The figures shown relate to past performance. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of current or future results and should not be the sole factor of consideration when selecting a product or strategy.

Share Class and Benchmark performance displayed in EUR, hedged Share Class Benchmark performance is displayed in EUR.

Performance is shown on a Net Asset Value (NAV) basis, with gross income reinvested where applicable. The return of your investment may increase or decrease as a result of currency fluctuations if your investment is made in a currency other than that used in the past performance calculation. Source: Blackrock

Key Facts

Key Facts

Size of Fund (Millions) as of 26-Feb-21 EUR 627.267
12m Trailing Yield -
Number of Holdings as of 29-Jan-21 622
Base Currency Euro
Fund Launch Date 23-Aug-16
Inception Date 23-Aug-16
Asset Class Fixed Income
Morningstar Category EUR Diversified Bond
Benchmark Index BBG Barc MSCI Euro Aggregate Sustainable SRI Index
Domicile Luxembourg
Regulatory Structure UCITS
Management Company BlackRock (Luxembourg) S.A.
Ongoing Charges Figures 0.63%
ISIN LU1435395808
Bloomberg Ticker BSSED2E
Annual Management Fee 0.65%
Initial Charge 5.00%
Performance Fee 0.00%
SEDOL BDC7ZV5
Bloomberg Benchmark Ticker -
Dealing Settlement Trade Date + 3 days
Dealing Frequency Daily, forward pricing basis
Minimum Initial Investment EUR 100000
Minimum Subsequent Investment -
Use of Income Accumulating

Portfolio Characteristics

Portfolio Characteristics

3y Volatility - Benchmark as of 31-Jan-21 3.47
3y Beta as of 31-Jan-21 1.024
5y Volatility - Benchmark as of - -
5y Beta as of - -

Sustainability Characteristics

Sustainability Characteristics

Sustainability Characteristics can help investors integrate non-financial, sustainability considerations into their investment process. These metrics enable investors to evaluate funds based on their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities. This analysis can provide insight into the effective management and long-term financial prospects of a fund.


The metrics below have been provided for transparency and informational purposes only. The existence of an ESG rating is not indicative of how or whether ESG factors will be integrated into a fund. The metrics are based on MSCI ESG Fund Ratings and, unless otherwise stated in fund documentation and included within a fund’s investment objective, do not change a fund’s investment objective or constrain the fund’s investable universe, and there is no indication that an ESG or Impact focused investment strategy or exclusionary screens will be adopted by a fund. For more information regarding a fund's investment strategy, please see the fund's prospectus.


Review the MSCI methodology behind Sustainability Characteristics, using links below.

MSCI ESG Fund Rating (AAA-CCC) as of 05-Feb-21 A
MSCI ESG Quality Score (0-10) as of 05-Feb-21 7.01
MSCI ESG Quality Score - Peer Percentile as of 05-Feb-21 82.45
MSCI ESG % Coverage as of 05-Feb-21 96.30
Fund Lipper Global Classification as of 05-Feb-21 Bond Global EUR
MSCI Weighted Average Carbon Intensity (Tons CO2E/$M SALES) as of 05-Feb-21 156.60
Funds in Peer Group as of 05-Feb-21 604
All data is from MSCI ESG Fund Ratings as of 05-Feb-21, based on holdings as of 30-Sep-20. As such, the fund’s sustainable characteristics may differ from MSCI ESG Fund Ratings from time to time.

To be included in MSCI ESG Fund Ratings, 65% of the fund’s gross weight must come from securities covered by MSCI ESG Research (certain cash positions and other asset types deemed not relevant for ESG analysis by MSCI are removed prior to calculating a fund’s gross weight; the absolute values of short positions are included but treated as uncovered), the fund’s holdings date must be less than one year old, and the fund must have at least ten securities. For newly launched funds, sustainability characteristics are typically available 6 months after launch.

Business Involvement

Business Involvement

Business Involvement metrics can help investors gain a more comprehensive view of specific activities in which a fund may be exposed through its investments.


Business Involvement metrics are not indicative of a fund’s investment objective, and, unless otherwise stated in fund documentation and included within a fund’s investment objective, do not change a fund’s investment objective or constrain the fund’s investable universe, and there is no indication that an ESG or Impact focused investment strategy or exclusionary screens will be adopted by a fund. For more information regarding a fund's investment strategy, please see the fund's prospectus.


Review the MSCI methodology behind the Business Involvement metrics, using links below.

MSCI - Controversial Weapons as of 29-Jan-21 0.00%
MSCI - UN Global Compact Violators as of 29-Jan-21 0.00%
MSCI - Nuclear Weapons as of 29-Jan-21 0.00%
MSCI - Thermal Coal as of 29-Jan-21 0.00%
MSCI - Civilian Firearms as of 29-Jan-21 0.00%
MSCI - Oil Sands as of 29-Jan-21 0.00%
MSCI - Tobacco as of 29-Jan-21 0.00%

Business Involvement Coverage as of 29-Jan-21 35.26%
Percentage of Fund not covered as of 29-Jan-21 64.74%
BlackRock business involvement exposures as shown above for Thermal Coal and Oil Sands are calculated and reported for companies that generate more than 5% of revenue from thermal coal or oil sands as defined by MSCI ESG Research. For the exposure to companies that generate any revenue from thermal coal or oil sands (at a 0% revenue threshold), as defined by MSCI ESG Research, it is as follows: Thermal Coal 0.00% and for Oil Sands 0.15%.

Business Involvement metrics are calculated by BlackRock using data from MSCI ESG Research which provides a profile of each company’s specific business involvement. BlackRock leverages this data to provide a summed up view across holdings and translates it to a fund's market value exposure to the listed Business Involvement areas above.


Business Involvement metrics are designed only to identify companies where MSCI has conducted research and identified as having involvement in the covered activity. As a result, it is possible there is additional involvement in these covered activities where MSCI does not have coverage. This information should not be used to produce comprehensive lists of companies without involvement. Business Involvement metrics are only displayed if at least 1% of the fund’s gross weight includes securities covered by MSCI ESG Research.

ESG Integration

ESG Integration

ESG integration is the practice of incorporating material environmental, social and governance (ESG) information or insights alongside traditional measures into the investment decision process to improve long term financial outcomes of portfolios. Unless otherwise stated in Fund documentation or included within the Fund’s investment objective, inclusion of this statement does not imply that the Fund has an ESG-aligned investment objective, but rather describes how ESG information is considered as part of the overall investment process.


The Fund manager includes ESG considerations in combination with other information in the research and due diligence phase of the investment process. ESG information may be sourced internally, via collaboration with the BlackRock Investment Stewardship team in engaging issuers on material environmental, social or governance topics, or from third-party providers. The Fund manager’s ongoing monitoring of the portfolio involves regular portfolio risk reviews with the Risk and Quantitative Analysis group. These reviews include discussion of the portfolio’s exposure to material ESG risks, as well as exposure to sustainability-related business involvements, climate-related metrics, and other factors.

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Ratings

Ratings

Morningstar Rating

4
Overall Morningstar Rating for BSF ESG Euro Bond Fund, Class D2, as of 28-Feb-21 rated against 1165 EUR Diversified Bond Funds.

Holdings

Holdings

as of 29-Jan-21
Name Weight (%)
GERMANY (FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF) 0 08/15/2030 1.36
GERMANY (FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF) 4.75 07/04/2040 1.19
FRANCE (REPUBLIC OF) 1.75 11/25/2024 1.06
FRANCE (REPUBLIC OF) 1.75 06/25/2039 1.03
FRANCE (REPUBLIC OF) 0 02/25/2023 0.97
Name Weight (%)
ITALY (REPUBLIC OF) 1.85 07/01/2025 0.95
GERMANY (FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF) 4.25 07/04/2039 0.85
EUROPEAN STABILITY MECHANISM RegS 0 03/14/2025 0.83
CAISSE AMORTISSEMENT DE LA DETTE S RegS 0 02/25/2026 0.82
FRANCE (REPUBLIC OF) 0.5 05/25/2025 0.73
Holdings subject to change

Exposure Breakdowns

Exposure Breakdowns

as of 29-Jan-21

% of Market Value

Type Fund Benchmark Net
as of 29-Jan-21

% of Market Value

Type Fund Benchmark Net
as of 29-Jan-21

% of Market Value

Type Fund Benchmark Net
Allocations subject to change.
as of 29-Jan-21

% of Market Value

Type Fund Benchmark Net
as of 29-Jan-21

% of Market Value

Type Fund Benchmark Net
as of 29-Jan-21

% of Market Value

Type Fund Benchmark Net
Negative weightings may result from specific circumstances (including timing differences between trade and settle dates of securities purchased by the funds) and/or the use of certain financial instruments, including derivatives, which may be used to gain or reduce market exposure and/or risk management. Allocations are subject to change.

Pricing & Exchange

Investor Class Currency Distribution Frequency NAV NAV Amount Change NAV % Change 52wk High 52wk Low Bid Price ISIN Offer Price TIS
Class D2 EUR None 106.73 0.22 0.21 109.57 101.12 - LU1435395808 - -
Class A4 EUR Annual 105.01 0.21 0.20 107.88 99.82 - LU1435395717 - -
Class Z2 EUR - 108.83 0.22 0.20 111.66 102.82 - LU1864666679 - -
Class E2 EUR None 102.73 0.21 0.20 105.65 98.12 - LU1495982354 - -
Class AI2 EUR - 104.36 0.21 0.20 107.22 100.00 - LU2144626053 - -
Class X2 EUR None 109.29 0.22 0.20 112.07 103.02 - LU1435396012 - -
Class A2 EUR None 105.08 0.21 0.20 107.96 99.89 - LU1435395634 - -
Class I2 EUR None 107.43 0.22 0.21 110.25 101.64 - LU1435395980 - -

Portfolio Managers

Portfolio Managers

Michael Krautzberger
Head, BlackRock’s Pan-European Fixed Income Team

     

Ronald van Loon
Ronald van Loon

Literature

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