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09-Sep-21

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Muhammad Junaid
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PACRA Maintains Stability Rating of MCB Cash Management Optimizer

Rating Type Stability Rating
Current
(09-Sep-21)
Previous
(09-Mar-21)
Action Maintain Maintain
Long Term AA+(f) AA+(f)
Short Term - -
Outlook Stable Stable
Rating Watch - -

MCB Cash Management Optimizer (or the ‘Fund’) is low risk-profile fund. The assigned rating reflects the Fund's strong credit and interest rate risk profile. The Fund's good credit quality and sound liquidity profile emanate primarily from its mandate to invest in government securities and other low-duration avenues such as bank placement and ensuring low exposure to interest rate risk. At end-Jun’21 the WAM of the Fund was 1 day. While, around 99% of the Fund's assets were allocated mainly to banks rated 'AAA'. The duration of the fund stood at 1 day as at end-Jun'21. The Fund's unit holding pattern is moderately concentrated with top 10 investors representing ~59% of the net assets which reflects a moderate level of redemption pressure.
Going forward, in accordance with the investment policy and market expectations the Fund may shift allocations towards shorter duration GoP securities and/or maintain the exposure in higher-rated banks. 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
MCB-Arif Habib Limited Savings and Investments Limited (MCB-AH or the "Company") is a public listed company, regulated by the SECP. MCB-AH holds licenses for Asset Management, Investment Advisory, and Pension Fund Management. MCB-AH was incorporated in 2000 as Arif Habib Investments Limited and subsequently merged with MCB Asset Management Company in 2011, to achieve synergies in asset management business and access to a wider distribution network. Pursuant to the merger, the name of the Company was changed to MCB-Arif Habib Savings and Investments Limited. MCB-AH caters to both conventional and Shariah-compliant clientele and is currently managing a diverse product slate of fifteen open-end funds and two voluntary pension schemes. MCB-AH is also managing one of the largest AUMs under the SMA segment and holds a significant position in the investment advisory domain.
The major shareholders of MCB-AH are MCB Bank Limited ~51%, Arif Habib Corporation Limited ~30%, and Adamjee Insurance Company Limited ~8%. The general public holds the remaining ~11% of the shares. MCB-AH's control vests in an eight-member board of directors, including the CEO. There are four non-executive directors, while three directors are independent. The AUMs (CIS & VPS) of MCB-AH increased to ~PKR 97,679mln at end-Jun'21 (Dec'20: ~PKR.82,721mln).

The primary function of PACRA is to evaluate the capacity and willingness of an entity to honor its obligations. Our ratings reflect an independent, professional and impartial assessment of the risks associated with a particular instrument or an entity. PACRA's comprehensive offerings include instrument and entity credit ratings, insurer financial strength ratings, fund ratings, asset manager ratings and real estate gradings. PACRA opinion is not a recommendation to purchase, sell or hold a security, in as much as it does not comment on the security's market price or suitability for a particular investor.