PACRA Upgrades Stability Rating of Pak Oman Advantage Islamic Income Fund
The rating incorporates the fund's moderate risk level. The asset allocation comprises of ~83% of fund's assets as cash balances at end Jun'20. Fund's exposure in Sukuks decreased to ~11%, as compared to Dec'19, having minimum credit rating of 'A+'. The duration of the fund was 99 days at end Jun'20. The unit holding pattern of the fund is highly concentrated where ~99% is represented by top 10 investors. However, ~16.9% of the fund size are investments made by the Company itself which reduces the risk of redemption pressure.
Going forward, the management of the fund intends to maintain its exposure in debt instruments which may impact the duration. Meanwhile, the fund plans to remain invested in sound credit quality 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.
Pak Oman Asset Management Company Limited was incorporated on July 28, 2006 as a public unlisted company. It is licensed by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan to carry out asset management and investment advisory services under the Non-Banking Finance Companies Regulations. The Company is a majority owned subsidiary of Pak Oman Investment Company Limited (97%). The remaining shareholders include Oman International Development Company (1.2%), Bank Muscat (0.6%) and National Logistic Cell (1.2%).
The Company’s Board of Directors comprises six members including the managing director of Pak Oman Investment Company, Mr. Bahauddin Khan. The board’s chairman H.E. Yahya Bin Said Bin Abdullah Al-Jabri is the Minister of the Special Economic Zone Authority at A’Duqum, Sultanate of Oman. The Company’s diverse product slate includes eight open-end funds, six conventional and two shariah compliant funds, with AUM’s of ~PKR 4.3bln as at Dec'19.