PACRA Maintains Stability Rating of NBP Islamic Money Market Fund
NBP Islamic Money Market Fund (or the "Fund") is a low-risk profile fund. The assigned rating reflects low risk and liquid Shariah Compliant authorized instruments. The Fund has invested ~72.6% of its net assets in banks mainly rated AAA, ~10.5% in short term sukuks whereas ~14.4% in placement with banks/DFI. The duration and the WAM of the Fund was recorded at 15 days (Dec’21: 20 days), limiting the exposure of the Fund to interest rate and credit risk. The Fund is subject to moderate redemption pressure due to high top 10 investor concentration, which stood at 46.89% at end-Jun’22.
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 177,186mln at end-Jun'22, the Company is currently managing a diversified fund slate of twenty five open-end mutual funds, two voluntary pension schemes and one Exchange Traded Fund.