Muhammad Azmat Shaheen
PACRA Maintains Stability Rating of Alhamra Islamic Money Market Fund
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Alhamra Islamic Money Market Fund (or the ‘Fund’) is low risk-profile fund. The Fund’s rating reflects the Fund's strong credit and interest rate risk profile emanating from its investment strategy. At end Jun'22, the Fund had placed 89.4% of its assets with commercial banks rated 'AA' and 'AAA'. The Fund had placed 42% of its net assets in Shariah Compliant bank placements and deposits. The weighted average maturity of the Fund was 11 days at end-Jun’22, which is in compliance with the investment policy, while the duration of the Fund remained with 12 days. At end-Jun'22, the top ten investors concentration stood at ~94% representing a high level of redemption pressure, which the Fund is able to cope up owing to its superior liquidity profile.
Going forward, the Fund will invest in accordance with its authorized investment policy and maintain its exposure in Shariah Compliant instruments, however the allocations will be diversified appropriately. Material changes in the Fund's asset allocation strategy, impacting it's credit quality and/or exposure to interest rate risk, would affect the rating.
MCB-Arif Habib Limited Savings and Investments Limited (MCB-AH or the "Company") is a Public Listed Company, regulated by the SECP. MCB-AH holds licenses for Asset Management, Investment Advisory, and Pension Fund Management. MCB-AH caters to both conventional and Shariah-compliant clientele and is currently managing a diverse product slate of eighteen open-end funds and two voluntary pension schemes. MCB-AH is also managing one of the largest AUMs under the SMA segment and holds a significant position in the investment advisory domain.
The major shareholders of MCB-AH are MCB Bank Limited ~51%, Arif Habib Corporation Limited ~30%, and Adamjee Insurance Company Limited ~8%. The general public holds the remaining ~11% of the shares. Mr. Saqib Saleem is the CEO of the company. MCB-AH's control vests in an eight-member board of directors, including the CEO. There are four non-executive directors, while three directors are independent. The AUMs (CIS & VPS) of MCB-AH increased to PKR 122,268mln at end-Jun'22 (Dec'21: PKR 110,012mln).