We Shape

Sub-fund of KBC Equity Fund, an open-ended investment company under Belgian law (bevek), managed by KBC Asset Management NV.

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This fund focuses on our future infrastructure and society

The way we live and work together as a society will change dramatically in the coming decades. The main trends are:

  • Climate change and the necessary transition to a low-carbon society
  • Growing pressure on our scarce natural resources
  • Increasing urbanisation
  • Demographic ageing and consequently a shrinking active labour force
  • Demand for new skills
  • Changing lifestyles due to trends such as an increasing focus on responsible choices
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The UN expects that there will be 9.7 billion people living on Earth by 2050 and that almost 70% of them will live in cities.

Alex Martens, Fund Manager at KBC Asset Management

You invest in companies that help shape our future infrastructure and society

These companies are active in areas such as:

  • Robotics and automation: production robots, sensors, etc.
  • Energy transition: wind turbines, electric vehicles, home batteries, etc.
  • Efficient agricultural and forestry management: drip irrigation, use of drones, etc.
  • Clean soil, air and water: industrial air filters, water treatment, biodegradable plastics, etc.
  • Circular economy: recycling of materials, etc.
  • Clean transport: charging stations, railway lines, hydrogen vehicles, etc.
  • Smart logistics: automated storage solutions, distribution centres close to customers, etc.
  • Building materials and equipment
  • Basic materials, industrial equipment and freight transport
  • Lending to businesses and governments

Invested in a socially responsible manner

By opting for this socially responsible fund, you exert a positive influence on the world we live in. This fund only invests in companies that meet strict criteria with respect to:

  • The environment (for example, reducing greenhouse gas emissions)
  • Social policy (for example, employee working conditions)
  • Corporate governance (for example, independence and diversity of the board of directors)

What can you expect from this product?

  • Actively managed equity fund
  • Socially responsible investment
  • In euros
  • No maturity date, no capital protection, no guaranteed return
  • Redeemable on a daily basis

Risks

  • Risk-reward indicator: 6 on a scale of 1 (low risk and potentially lower return) to 7 (high risk and potentially higher return).
  • High exchange rate risk: Since investments are made in securities that are denominated in currencies other than the euro, there is a significant chance that the value of an investment could be affected by exchange rate fluctuations.

Charges

  • Entry charge: 3%
  • Exit charge: None (5% but only if you sell units within a month of purchase)
  • Ongoing charges: 1.86% (factored into the net asset value)
  • Anti-dilution levy: In exceptional situations*

* If net entries and exits involve exceptionally large amounts, KBC Asset Management may decide to levy additional charges on the investors concerned (those buying or selling fund units on that day) to mitigate the negative impact on the net asset value. The size of this levy is based on the transaction charges incurred by the fund manager. Applied in very exceptional situations, this levy is in the interests of those investors remaining in the fund.

Taxes

  • Withholding tax on dividends: 30% (only for distribution units)
  • Withholding tax upon exit: None
  • Stock market tax upon exit: 1.32%, with a maximum charge of 4 000 euros (only for capitalisation units)

This tax treatment applies to individual investors subject to Belgian personal income tax and may change in the future.

Investment policy

KBC Equity Fund We Shape aims to generate a return by investing primarily in shares of
companies that are shaping the society of the future through their products and services,
such as:
- Automation and robotisation
- Solutions for energy transition and storage
- Infrastructure and installations for transport and freight vehicles
- Facilities needed in a circular economy
- Water purification, soil decontamination and air quality improvement
- Machines and installations for more efficient agriculture and forestry
- Industrial plants and machines
- Building materials and construction activities
- Materials
- Logistical solutions
- Credit facilities and financial services to companies and governments
- Etc.

A current overview can be found at www.kbc.be/thematic-funds

The fund invests in socially responsible assets while remaining within the limitations
described above. Companies are screened twice to ensure the socially responsible
nature* of this fund. To this end, a specialised research team from KBC Asset
Management works with independent experts.

Firstly, the fund may not invest in assets that are excluded based on a number of exclusion criteria connected with, among other things, tobacco, gambling, arms, fur, special leather and adult entertainment.

Secondly, companies within the same industry group are compared with each other based on a number of SRI criteria (where 'SRI' stands for 'Socially Responsible Investing'), including those related to the environment, society and corporate governance. The fund will only invest in assets that, based on these criteria, belong to the best in class of their group. When determining which companies are to be included in the fund's best-in-class universe, only the top 80% of the companies in each subsector are eligible for investment. You can find further information under ‘Strategy selected’ in the information about this subfund in the prospectus and at www.kbc.be/investment-legal-documents> Exclusion policies for socially responsible investment funds.

KBC Equity Fund We Shape is actively managed with reference to the following
benchmark: MSCI All Countries World - Net Return Index (www.MSCI.com). However, is
not the aim of the fund to replicate the benchmark. The composition of the benchmark is taken into account when compiling the portfolio.In line with its investment policy, the fund may not invest in all the instruments included in the benchmark.
When compiling the portfolio, the manager may also decide to invest in instruments that are not included in the benchmark, or indeed not to invest in instruments that are included. Due to the aforementioned SRI screening, the composition of the portfolio will differ from that of the benchmark. The benchmark is also used to determine the fund's risk limitation mechanism. This limits the extent to which the fund's return may deviate from the benchmark.

The longterm expected tracking error for this fund is higher than 4.00%. The tracking error measures the volatility of the fund's return relative to that of the benchmark. The higher the tracking error, the more the fund's return fluctuates relative to the benchmark. Market conditions may cause the actual tracking error to differ from the expected tracking error.

KBC Equity Fund We Shape may make limited use of derivatives*. This means that
derivatives can be used either to help achieve the investment objectives (for instance, to increase or decrease the exposure to one or more market segments in line with the
investment strategy), or to neutralise the portfolio’s sensitivity to market factors (by
hedging an exchange rate risk, for example).

The fund is denominated in Euro.

The above objectives and investment policy were taken in full from the Key Investor Information Document (KIID). Capital and/or returns are not guaranteed or protected.

More things you need to know

This information is governed by the laws of Belgium. Please read the key investor information document and the prospectus before subscribing. Both documents are available free of charge in Dutch and English from your KBC or CBC branch or at kbc.be/investment-legal-documents. You will also find a summary of your rights as an investor there in Dutch, English, French and German.

The net asset value can be found on www.beama.be and in KBC Mobile.

If you have a complaint, please contact complaints@kbc.be, call + 32 16 43 25 94 or get in touch with ombudsman@ombfin.be.

* For the complete overview of financial and economic terms, go to www.kbc.be/lexicon.

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