Within the SDG Engagement High Yield Credit Fund, we seek two self-reinforcing objectives: performance and impact. In practice, this means we invest in issuers that have the willingness and ability to effect change that supports their credit profile. This is exemplified by our exposure to Enel, an Italian utilities company that generates more than half of its energy from zero-emission sources.
The investment case for Enel is strong. Although the firm has a lower credit rating than its main competitors, it has the strongest balance sheet among its peer group of investment-grade European utility companies. The firm’s bonds remain vulnerable to macroeconomic volatility in Italy, and we seek to benefit from the premium this offers – which we believe does not reflect the company’s positive fundamentals – while also actively supporting electricity decarbonisation through investing in the firm.
In addition, we think that Enel is particularly well placed to align its operations with the delivery of the SDGs through:
- Expanding its highly competitive renewables portfolio
- Clarifying its capital allocation plans
- Making its workforce diversity a source of competitive strength
To find out more about the potential for Enel to deliver SDG-aligned impact and our engagement progress to date, read the full engagement commentary.