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PACRA Maintains Stability Rating of NBP Financial Sector Income Fund

Rating Type Stability Rating
(29-Mar-22 )
(29-Sep-21 )
Action Maintain Maintain
Long Term A+(f) A+(f)
Short Term - -
Outlook Stable Stable
Rating Watch - -

NBP Financial Sector Income Fund (or the "Fund") is medium risk profile fund. The assigned rating reflects moderate strength of the fund's credit and interest rate risk profile. The investment policy holds that the minimum requirements of the Fund entails that at least 70% must be invested in Financial Sector Securities or Deposits. At the end of Dec'21, the bank deposits consisted of ~88% of net assets. The deposit were mainly placed in "AAA" and "A+" rated banks. The remaining net assets of the Fund were predominately placed in TFCs and Sukuks rated "A+" an above. Considerable holding in cash and bank balances enforces the liquidity profile of the Fund. The Weighted Average Maturity of the Fund was recorded at 167 days at end-Dec'21. Furthermore, the duration of the Fund was reported at 9 days, limiting the Fund's exposure to interest rate risk. The top 10 investors possess a concentration of 64% in the Fund's net assets. Therefore, it could be ascertained that the Fund holds a high unit holding pattern.
Going forward, the fund may increase its asset allocation towards higher rated banks and corporate Sukuks, depending on market situation. Material changes in the fund's asset allocation strategy, impacting its credit quality and/or exposure to interest rate risk, would affect the rating.

About the Entity
NBP Fund Management Limited (or the "Company"), established in 2005, is licensed by Securities and Exchange Commission (SECP) to carry out asset management and investment advisory business. National Bank of Pakistan is the largest shareholder of the company with a stake of ~54%. In 2019, Baltoro Growth Fund has acquired the entire 36% stake of Alexandra Fund Management Private Limited in the Company. Baltoro Capital is a Pakistan focused private equity firm. Baltoro Capital has made investments in the pharmaceutical, renewable energy and financial services sectors in Pakistan. It is actively deploying its funds in businesses positioned to achieve extraordinary growth. The CEO of NBP Fund Management Limited, Dr. Amjad Waheed, CFA and family also holds a 10% stake in the company.
The Company’s nine-member Board of Directors includes three independent directors and the CEO. With overall assets under management of PKR 169,025mln at end-Dec'21, the Company is currently managing a diversified fund slate of twenty five open-end mutual funds, two voluntary pension schemes and an Exchange Traded Fund.

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