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PACRA Maintains the Rating of Faysal Financial Sector Opportunity Fund

Rating Type Stability Rating
(18-Oct-23 )
(17-Apr-23 )
Action Maintain Maintain
Long Term AA-(f) AA-(f)
Short Term - -
Outlook Stable Stable
Rating Watch - -

Faysal Financial Sector Opportunity Fund ("FFSOF" or the "Fund") reflects the Fund's moderate risk profile. The investment objective of the Fund is to provide a competitive rate of returns to its investors by investing in money market and debt instruments with major exposure in financial sector instruments. At the end Jun'23 the fund had allocated ~89.50% in Bank deposits in A+ rated and above, ~6.17% in TFC/Sukuks majorly in AA rated, while remaining in other assets. The Duration and WAM of Fund stood at 7 days limiting the fund exposure to Interest and Credit rate risk. Faysal Financial Sector Opportunity Fund (FFSOF) yielded an annualized return of 18.68% relative to its benchmark of 18.33%. The Fund had a moderate level of top ten investors concentration at ~53.7% keeping the redemption pressure at moderate level.
Going forward, Material changes in the funds asset allocation strategy, impacting its credit quality and/or exposure to interest rate risk, would affect the rating.

About the Entity
Faysal Funds (Faysal Asset Management Limited) is a subsidiary of Faysal Bank Limited (FBL). FBL is holding 99.99% shares of Faysal Funds. Faysal Funds was incorporated in Pakistan under the Companies Ordinance, 1984 on August 6, 2003 as an unlisted public limited company and is licensed by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan to carry out asset management and investment advisory services.
The Board of Directors of the Company comprises five members, including the Mr. Yousaf Hussain has over 26 years of professional experience, primarily at ABN AMRO Bank where he held multiple senior managerial positions including those within the Corporate / Credit and Transaction Banking functions. He has been with Faysal Bank since August 2008, with a significant contribution to the franchise. Mr. Nadir Rahman is CEO and he has extensive, hands on experience of capital markets in Pakistan and internationally, stretching over 32 years, of which 16 years have been in C level positions, including board level experience with listed, unlisted, and international companies. His core areas of expertise are business development, operations, investment management, M&A and corporate restructuring. He has advised on numerous capital market transactions, including the largest de-listing in Pakistan’s history. The Company is managing a diversified portfolio of funds, with AUMs of ~PKR 98.2bln at the end of Jun'23.

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