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PACRA Maintains Stability Rating of "Pak Qatar Asan Munafa Plan" under Pak Qatar Islamic Cash Fund

Rating Type Stability Rating
(02-Jun-23 )
(02-Dec-22 )
Action Maintain Initial
Long Term AA(f) AA(f)
Short Term - -
Outlook Stable Stable
Rating Watch - -

Pak Qatar Islamic Cash Fund (or the "Fund") is an open-ended shariah compliant money market fund. The Fund falls under a very low risk profile. The objective of the Fund is to maximize the investor's return by investing in shariah-compliant authorized investable avenues. The under mentioned plans are initially offered under the umbrella of the Fund i) Pak-Qatar Asan Munafa Plan ii) Pak-Qatar Cash Plan and iii) Pak-Qatar Daily Dividend Plan. Subsequently, additional plans may also be launched.
Pak Qatar Asan Munafa Plan (PQAMP or the 'Plan') focus on retail investors having short term liquidity needs who prefer yearly dividend under a stable Money Market category. The objective to invest in competitive return while seeking maximum possible preservation of capital of low risk and liquid Shariah Compliant instruments. The term of the Plan is perpetual. The Plan may change the dividend frequency at its own discretion for the benefit of the unit holder with prior intimation.
Currently, the Plan had invested ~74.1% cash in single bank rated AA whereas ~23.1% in corporate sukuks rated AA at the end Mar'23. The duration and the WAM of the Plan stood at 5-days at the end Mar’23, limiting the exposure to interest rate and credit risk. The unit holding pattern of the Plan was 99% concentrated out of which ~98% is of related party holding, limiting redemption pressure.
Going forward, the Plan intend to diversify their investment in Govt/AAA rated avenues and will ensure to meet the given criteria over the short horizon. Any material changes in the investment policy or the devised rating criteria for the assigned rating would have an impact on the rating.

About the Entity
Pak Qatar Asset Management Company Limited (PQAMC) was formed in 2021 offering Shariah Compliant Investment solutions and is part of Pak-Qatar Group, a pioneer in Takaful Industry in Pakistan. The Group comprise of Pak Qatar Family Takaful Limited(PQFTL), Pak-Qatar General Takaful Limited(PQGTL), Pak Qatar Investment (Pvt) Limited(PQIL), Sharq Trading & Merchandising Limited, MPQ Developers (Pvt) Limited. The group has been operating in Pakistan since 2007 has diverse experience of over fifteen years in providing takaful solutions in Pakistan. The CEO, Mr. Farhan Shaukat, FCA, has been associated with the group for over a decade heading Treasury function of the group. The company has launched three funds under Money Market, Income and Equity category under plan arrangement. The AUM of the company stood at ~PKR 6.4bln at the end Mar'23

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