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PACRA Maintains the Rating of Faysal Money Market 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 Money Market Fund ("FMMF" or the "Fund") reflects the Fund's low-risk profile. The investment objective of the Fund is to generate competitive returns with minimum risk and enhanced liquidity by investing primarily in short-term government instruments. The rating reflects the Fund's strong credit and interest rate risk profile. At the end Jun'23, the fund had allocated ~90.08% in T-bills, ~8.7% in Banks in AA+ rated and above. At the end Jun'23, the Duration stood at 51 days limiting the fund exposure to interest rate risk. The WAM of fund stood at 63 days limiting the fund exposure to credit risk. Faysal Money Market Fund (FMMF) yielded annualized return in FY23 of 17.04% relative to its benchmark of 17.01%. The Fund's unit holding pattern remains moderately concentrated with the top 10 investors comprising ~65.7% of the Fund's net assets equally distributed, keeping redemption pressure to a moderate level, however it is manageable as fund has majorly invested majorly in government short term investments.
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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