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PACRA Maintains Stability Rating of NIT Islamic Income Fund

Rating Type Stability Rating
(08-Sep-23 )
(09-Mar-23 )
Action Maintain Maintain
Long Term AA-(f) AA-(f)
Short Term - -
Outlook Stable Stable
Rating Watch - -

NIT Islamic Income Fund (or the “Fund”) is a medium risk profile Fund. The objective of the Fund is to generate a stable Shariah compliant income stream, while seeking maximum possible preservation of capital, over the medium to long-term period, by investing in a diversified portfolio of Shariah Compliant fixed income and money market instruments. The assigned rating reflects the Fund's moderate credit risk profile emanating from Fund's Investment policy to invest in avenues with sound liquidity. The AUMs of the Fund stood at PKR 826mln at the end Jun’23 (Dec’22: PKR 1,604mln). The Fund had allocated ~42.5% in Corporate Sukuk rated AA and above, around ~34.5% in cash of which ~14.6% in AAA rated bank while remaining ~19.9% in A+ rated bank. However, ~19.3% invested in GoP Ijarah Sukuks and ~3.7% in others avenues at the end Jun’23. The duration of the Fund stood at 149 days at the end Jun’23, exposing high interest rate risk. The WAM of the Fund stood at 368 days at the end Jun’23, exposing high credit risk. The credit risk high due to investment in Govt securities. The unit holding pattern of the fund stood at ~54.4% representing top ten investor concentration.
Going forward, any material changes in the investment policy would remain imperative. While compliance with the devised rating criteria for the assigned rating would remain critical.

About the Entity
National Investment Trust Limited was established in 1962 and is a pioneer in the mutual fund industry. The Company’s Board of Directors currently comprises eleven board members out of which ten are non-executive. Mr. Adnan Afridi, CEO/MD who joined in Feb'19 holds profound experience in the financial services and capital markets. Mr. Manzoor Ahmed is the COO and has a successful track record of managing the operations and investment portfolio of the Company. The Company is currently one of the largest asset management companies in Pakistan with a portfolio of fourteen open-end funds which includes two non-public funds namely NIT-SEF and NIT-EMOF, two voluntary pension schemes, and an exchange-traded fund. The assets under management of the Company stood at ~PKR 92.97bln (including SEF & EMOF) end-Jun'23

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