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Date
17-Apr-20

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Afnan Iqbal
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PACRA Maintains Stability Rating of NBP Islamic Savings Fund

Rating Type Stability Rating
Current
(17-Apr-20)
Previous
(18-Oct-19)
Action Maintain Maintain
Long Term A-(f) A-(f)
Short Term - -
Outlook Stable Stable
Rating Watch - -

The rating reflects the moderate strength of the fund's credit and interest rate risk profile. At end Dec-19, 74% of fund's assets were placed with banks rated A- and above, remaining funds were allocated to Sukuk and commercial papers. The unit holding pattern of the fund is slightly concentrated with top ten investors representing ~16% of the fund's assets.
Going forward, the fund intends to increase its allocation towards bank placements. The remaining assets will be invested in Shariah compliant good quality debt instruments. Material changes in the fund's asset allocation strategy, which could negatively impact the fund's credit quality and exposure to interest rate risk, remain critical for the rating.

About the Entity
NBP Fund Management Limited, 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%. During the year, Baltoro Growth Fund acquired the entire 36% stake of Alexandra Fund Management Private Limited in the company. Baltoro Capital is a Pakistan focused private equity firm. Baltoro has made three investments in the pharmaceutical, renewable energy and financial services sectors. 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. During FY19 and 1QFY20 there have been four new inductions on the Board of Directors. With overall assets under management of ~PKR 111,842 mln at end Dec-19, the Company is currently managing twenty seven open-end funds and two voluntary pension schemes under thirteen different categories.

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