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Date
16-Oct-20

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Afnan Iqbal
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PACRA Maintains Stability Rating of NBP Government Securities Savings Fund

Rating Type Stability Rating
Current
(16-Oct-20)
Previous
(17-Apr-20)
Action Maintain Maintain
Long Term AA-(f) AA-(f)
Short Term - -
Outlook Stable Stable
Rating Watch - -

The rating reflects adequate strength of the fund's credit and interest rate risk profile. At end Jun'20, ~36% of fund's assets were placed with banks and remaining funds were invested in government securities. Duration of the fund remained high at end Jun'20 at 662 days, exposing it to interest rate risk. The unit holding pattern of the fund is moderately concentrated with top ten investors representing ~45% of the fund's assets, which exposes the fund to moderate level of redemption pressure.
Going forward, the fund intends to maintain its asset allocation in higher credit quality investment avenues. Material changes in the fund's asset allocation strategy, impacting its credit quality and/or exposure to interest rate risk, would affect the rating.

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 comprises the CEO, three representatives of National Bank of Pakistan, two representatives of Baltoro Growth Fund and three independent directors. With overall assets under management of PKR 126,853mln at end Jun'20, the Company is currently managing a diversified fund slate of twenty seven open-end funds and two voluntary pension schemes under twelve different categories.

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