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Date
18-Oct-19

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Afnan Iqbal
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PACRA Maintains the Stability Rating of Pak Oman Government Securities Fund.

Rating Type Stability Rating
Current
(18-Oct-19)
Previous
(18-Apr-19)
Action Maintain Maintain
Long Term AA-(f) AA-(f)
Short Term - -
Outlook Stable Stable
Rating Watch - -

The rating reflects the fund's strong credit quality and a sound liquidity profile emanating from the fund's policy to invest 70% of asset in a mix of short-term and long-term government securities. At the end of Jun-19, 16% of the fund's exposure was in short term Government securities (T-bills) and the 53% portfolio was invested in PIBs. The unit holding pattern of the fund is concentrated with top ten investors representing 100% of the fund's assets, (of which ~99% are owned investments) which exposes the fund to a low level of redemption pressure.
Going forward, the rating remains dependent on maintaining at least 70% allocation towards government securities with portfolio duration not exceeding 2 years.

About the Entity
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 comprise seven 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 eleven open-end funds as at July'19 belonging to all major categories. Pak Oman has four open-end funds under its name, while seven open-end funds belonged to Askari Investment Management Limited which were acquired by Pak Oman Asset Management Company.

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