PACRA Maintains Stability Rating of Atlas Income Fund
Atlas Income Fund (or the "Fund") reflects the fund's medium risk profile. The assigned rating reflects the Fund's moderate credit and interest rate risk profile emanating from its investment strategy. The Fund had allocated ~8.2% in PIBs of which majority having 5 years tenure, ~24.9% were invested in TFCs/sukuks, whereas ~56.4% deposited in banks mainly AAA rated. Remaining ~9.3% was invested in commercial papers. The duration of the Fund decreased to 38 days at end Jun'22 (Dec’21: 175 days), limiting the exposure to interest rate risk. The WAM of the Fund stood at 542 days (Dec’21: 543 days), exposing the high level of credit risk. However, since the investment in long term Govt papers, the credit risk is at manageable. The Fund remained compliant with the rating criteria for the assigned ratings. The unit holding pattern of the Fund concentration represent ~84.69% by top ten investors of which ~45% was related party holding, keeping low redemption pressure.
Going forward, the material changes in the Fund's asset allocation strategy, impacting its credit quality and/or average duration, would affect the rating.
Atlas Asset Management Limited, incorporated in August 2002 and a part of Atlas Group, is a wholly owned (100%) subsidiary of Shirazi Investments (Pvt.) Limited - the holding company of the Group. Atlas Group, established in 1962, is one of the well-known business groups of the Country with a presence in manufacturing, financial, and trading sectors.
AAML's seven-member board of directors comprises four representatives of Atlas Group, two independent directors and the CEO. The CEO of the Company, Mr. Muhammad Abdul Samad, has completed the Advanced Management Program from INSEAD and holds postgraduate qualifications from the University of Karachi and the Southeastern University, he also holds certification from IFMP. He has been associated with the Company for over seventeen years and held C-Suite positions for over a decade. He has a significant Board experience, where he has served as a director on the board of nineteen listed companies, including Atlas Battery Limited, Lucky Cement, Berger Paints, Mirpurkhas Sugar, amongst others along with vast experience of the mutual fund industry. The Company is currently managing five conventional and five shariah compliant funds, along with two in the VPS category. The assets under management stood at ~PKR 45bln at end Jun'22