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PACRA Maintains Stability Rating of NBP Money Market Fund

Rating Type Stability Rating
(14-Apr-23 )
(19-Oct-22 )
Action Maintain Maintain
Long Term AA(f) AA(f)
Short Term - -
Outlook Stable Stable
Rating Watch - -

NBP Money Market Fund (or the Fund) is a low-risk profile Fund. The objective of the Fund is to provide stable stream of income by investing in AA and above rated banks and money market instruments. The assigned rating reflects the Fund's strong credit and interest rate risk profile emanating from its investment policy. As per policy, the Fund can invest in AA and above rated avenues with maximum maturities of upto 6-months. As of Dec'22, the Fund had invested ~61% in T-Bills, ~3.9% in cash majority in AA+ rated bank whereas ~28% in others. Both the duration and the WAM stood at 14 days at the end Dec’22, limiting the exposure to interest rate and credit risk. The unit holding pattern of the Fund stood at ~33.16% at the end Dec’22, representing top ten investor concentration. During the period under review, the Fund remained compliant with the assigned rating criteria.
Going forward, any material changes in the investment policy or the devised rating criteria for the assigned rating would have an impact on the ratings.

About the Entity
NBP Fund Management Limited (or the "Company"), established in 2005, is licensed by Securities and Exchange Commission (SECP) to carry out asset management and investment advisory business. National Bank of Pakistan is the largest shareholder of the company with a stake of ~54%. In 2019, Baltoro Growth Fund has acquired the entire 36% stake of Alexandra Fund Management Private Limited in the Company. Baltoro Capital is a Pakistan focused private equity firm. Baltoro Capital has made investments in the pharmaceutical, renewable energy and financial services sectors in Pakistan. It is actively deploying its funds in businesses positioned to achieve extraordinary growth. The CEO of NBP Fund Management Limited, Dr. Amjad Waheed, CFA and family also holds a 10% stake in the company.
The Company’s nine-member Board of Directors includes three independent directors and the CEO. With overall assets under management of PKR 213bln at end-Dec'22, the Company is currently managing a diversified fund slate of twenty five open-end mutual funds, two voluntary pension schemes and one Exchange Traded Fund.

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