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PACRA Maintains Stability Rating of UBL Cash Fund

Rating Type Stability Rating
(21-May-19 )
(19-Nov-18 )
Action Same Initial
Long Term AA+(f) AA+(f)
Short Term - -
Outlook Stable Stable
Rating Watch - -

The rating reflects the fund's projected strong credit risk profile emanating from the investment strategy to invest in high credit quality investment avenues with sound liquidity. The projected asset allocation of the fund includes 35% Bank Deposits in 'AA and above rated' banks, 15% Placements with DFIs 'rated AA and above' and 50% in short-term government securities subject to limits as defined in OD. The fund is projected to maintain its duration below 45 days resulting in very low exposure to interest rate volatility.
The unit holding pattern of the fund would be concentrated with ~ 80% institutional and retail investors, where one investor can only acquire up to 10% of the total units of the fund. Meanwhile, the group's own investment would represent ~10-20% in the total portfolio. The fund is yet to be launched due to some pending regulatory approvals.

About the Entity
UBL Fund Managers Limited, incorporated in 2001 as a public unlisted company, is one of the leading asset management and investment advisory company in Pakistan having AUMs of ~PKR 63bln at end March 2019. It is licensed by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) to carry out these services under the Non-Banking Finance Companies Regulations. The company is ~98% owned by United Bank Limited, while remaining stake belongs to individuals.

The company’s Board of Directors comprises seven members including the CEO. The CEO, Mr.Yasir Qadri, is associated with the asset management industry for more than sixteen years. The board’s Chairman, Mr.Azhar Hamid, is a banker having more than four decades of banking experience. The company’s diverse product slate includes 23 open-end funds as at Mar-19 belonging to all major categories. The company is also offering two voluntary pension schemes in the conventional and shariah-compliant category.

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