PACRA Maintains Stability Rating of NBP Income Opportunity Fund
|Rating Type||Stability Rating|
NBP Income Opportunity Fund (or the "Fund") is a medium-risk profile fund. The assigned rating reflects moderate strength of the Fund's credit risk and interest rate risk. The Fund had invested ~77% of net assets in A+ and above-rated banks, ~13.4% in TFCs/Sukuks whereas, ~7.3% in CPs. The duration of the Fund stood at 15 days at the end Jun’22 (Dec’21: 16 days), exposing low level of interest rate risk. Whereas, the WAM of the Fund increased to 146 days at the end Jun’22 (Dec’21: 141 days), exposing relatively high credit risk due to investment in high-tenor Sukuks. The unit holding pattern of the Fund was ~40% representing top ten investor concentration.
Going forward, fund intends to maintain its current asset allocation. Material changes in the fund's asset allocation strategy, impacting its credit quality and/or exposure to interest rate risk, would affect 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.