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Date
09-Mar-21

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Afnan Iqbal
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PACRA Maintains Stability Rating of Pakistan Income Fund

Rating Type Stability Rating
Current
(09-Mar-21)
Previous
(19-Oct-20)
Action Maintain Maintain
Long Term A+(f) A+(f)
Short Term - -
Outlook Stable Stable
Rating Watch - -

The fund aims to invest in money market, debt and fixed income instruments through active management. The rating reflects the moderate strength of the fund's credit and interest rate risk profile. As per the investment policy, there is no restriction regarding time to maturity of any single asset in the portfolio and duration of a single security in the portfolio and the weighted average maturity of the portfolio is limited to 4 years. At end-Dec'20, ~34% of fund's assets were invested in T-Bills whereas 35% of exposure was maintained with banks rated 'A+' and 'AAA'. The fund also had taken exposure of ~13% in spread transactions. The unit holding pattern of the fund is highly concentrated with top ten investors representing ~63% of the fund's assets, which may result in redemption pressure. However, comfort can be drawn from the fact that investment policy dictates at least 25% allocation in cash and near cash instruments which include cash in bank account (excluding TDR) and treasury bills & GOP Ijara Sukuk not exceeding 90 days maturity.
Going forward, the fund may alter its allocation with banks and take a diversified exposure in T-Bills and spread transactions keeping in view the market expectations. 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
MCB-Arif Habib Limited Savings and Investments Limited (MCB-AH or the "Company") is a public listed company, regulated by the SECP. MCB-AH holds licenses for Asset Management, Investment Advisory and Pension Fund Management. MCB-AH was incorporated in 2000 as Arif Habib Investments Limited and subsequently merged with MCB Asset Management Company in 2011, with the objective of achieving synergies in asset management business and access to a wider distribution network. Pursuant to the merger, name of the Company was changed to MCB-Arif Habib Savings and Investments Limited. MCB-AH caters to both conventional and Shariah compliant clientele and is currently managing a diverse product slate of fifteen open end funds and two voluntary pension schemes. MCB-AH is also managing one the largest AUMs under SMA segment and holds significant position in the investment advisory domain.

The major shareholders of MCB-AH are MCB Bank Limited ~51%, Arif Habib Corporation Limited ~30% and Adamjee Insurance Company Limited ~8%. The general public holds remaining ~11% of the shares. MCB-AH's control vests in eight member board of directors, including the CEO. There are four non-executive directors, while three directors are independent. The AUMs (CIS & VPS) of MCB-AH increased to ~PKR 82,721mln at end Dec'20 (Jun'20: ~PKR 66,210mln).

The primary function of PACRA is to evaluate the capacity and willingness of an entity to honor its obligations. Our ratings reflect an independent, professional and impartial assessment of the risks associated with a particular instrument or an entity. PACRA's comprehensive offerings include instrument and entity credit ratings, insurer financial strength ratings, fund ratings, asset manager ratings and real estate gradings. PACRA opinion is not a recommendation to purchase, sell or hold a security, in as much as it does not comment on the security's market price or suitability for a particular investor.