PACRA Maintains Stability Rating of NBP Islamic Money Market Fund
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NBP Islamic Money Market Fund (or the "Fund") is a low-risk profile fund. The Fund aims to competitive return with maximum possible capital preservation by investing in low risk and liquid Shariah Compliant authorized instruments. As of end-Dec’21, the fund has invested ~88% of its net assets in ‘AA’ and higher-rated bank. The Fund had also placed 9% of AUMs in ICPs rated ‘AA’. Furthermore, the Fund had allocated ~10% of its net assets in 'AA' rated Sukuks. The WAM and Duration of the Fund were recorded at 20 days. The low WAM shields the fund from credit risk; whereas, the lower duration shields the Fund from interest rate risk. The Fund is subject to moderate redemption pressure due to high top 10 investor concentration, which stood at 53% at end-Dec’21.
Going forward, in accordance with the investment policy the fund intends to maintain its current asset allocation. Material changes in the fund's asset allocation will impact the rating.
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 seven open-end mutual funds, two voluntary pension schemes and an Exchange Traded Fund.