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PACRA Maintains Stability Rating of Atlas Income Fund

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

The rating reflects the fund's medium exposure to interest rate volatility, strong credit profile, and diversification across assets. At end Jun’19, fund's exposure in cash was 46%, 31% in TFCs, while ~19% was invested in PIBs. The unit holding pattern of the fund shows redemption pressure over the fund as top 10 investors represents 90% of fund assets. 
Going forward, the fund intends to keep its exposure levels as per above criteria. 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
Atlas Asset Management Limited, incorporated in August 2002 and a part of Atlas Group (AG), is a wholly owned (100%) subsidiary of Shirazi Investments (Pvt.) Limited - the holding company of the Group. Atlas Group, established in 1962, is one of the well-known business groups of the country with a presence in manufacturing, financial, and trading sectors. With an AUM base of ~PKR 26 bln at Jun-19, AAML is currently managing four conventional and four shariah compliant funds along with 2 voluntary pension funds.

AAML's seven-member board of directors comprises four representatives of Atlas Group, two independent directors and the CEO. The CEO of the company, Mr. Muhammad Abdul Samad, has completed the Advanced Management Programme from INSEAD and holds postgraduate qualifications from the University of Karachi and the Southeastern University and holds certification from IFMP. He has been associated with the company for over twelve years and held C-Suite positions for over a decade. He has vast experience of the mutual fund industry and was non- executive director on the board of nineteen listed companies. AAML’s existing team is well qualified with related experience and has demonstrated stability during the year.

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