Muhammad Zain Ayaz
PACRA Maintains Stability Rating of AKD Islamic Income Fund
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AKD Islamic Income Fund's (or the "Fund") rating reflects the fund's moderate credit risk profile emanating from its investment strategy to invest in good credit quality investment avenues with sound liquidity. At end Dec'20, ~54% of the fund's assets were allocated to bank placements ('AA' rated), whereas ~31% to Sukuk/TFCs and 3% to commercial papers. The net assets of the Fund has increased by 22% and stood at PKR 362mln. The unit holding pattern of the fund emanates moderate liquidity risk as top 10 investors represent ~78% of the fund's assets. The Fund has increased its investments on sukuks resultantly the weighted average maturity (WAM) of the Fund has increased to 343 days.
Going forward, the fund intends to maintain/increase its current exposure in bank placements and Sukuk/TFCs. Material changes in the fund's asset allocation strategy, impacting its credit quality and/or exposure to interest rate risk, would affect the rating.
AKD Investment Management Limited commenced its operations in September 2004. The Company is registered as an Asset Management Company under the Non-Banking Finance Companies Rules, 2003. The Company is sponsored by AKD Group Holdings (Private) Limited [Formerly: Aqeel Karim Dhedhi Securities(Private) Limited] (99.97% ownership).
The Board of Directors of the Company comprises seven members, including the CEO Mr. Imran Motiwala, who has been serving as the Chief Executive Officer of AKD Investment Management Limited since 2009. The Company is currently managing seven open-end funds with assets under management of ~PKR 6.5bln at end Dec'20.