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PACRA Maintains Stability Rating of NIT Money Market Fund

Rating Type Stability Rating
(11-Mar-22 )
(10-Sep-21 )
Action Maintain Maintain
Long Term AAA(f) AAA(f)
Short Term - -
Outlook Stable Stable
Rating Watch - -

NIT Money Market Fund (or the 'Fund') is a low-risk profile Fund. The assigned rating of the Fund reflects its good credit quality and its sound liquidity profile, which emanate primarily from its mandate to invest in Government securities and other low-duration avenues such as bank placement and ensuring low exposure to interest rate risk. According to rating criteria, the Fund shall invest 75% of its net asses in 'AAA' rated avenues. At end Dec'21, ~94% of the Fund's assets were allocated to banks rated 'AAA'. The WAM of the Fund stood at 6 days owing to significant bank placement. The average duration of the Fund was 6 days at-end Dec'21, limiting the Fund's exposure to interest rate risk. The unit holding pattern of the Fund is highly concentrated with the top ten investors representing ~66% of the Fund's assets.
Going forward, the Fund intends to maintain its asset allocation towards higher-rated banks. 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
National Investment Trust Limited was established in 1962 and is a pioneer in the mutual fund industry. The Company’s Board of Directors currently comprises ten board members out of which nine are non-executive. Mr. Adnan Afridi, CEO/MD who joined in Feb'19 holds profound experience in the financial services and capital markets. Mr. Manzoor Ahmed is the COO and has a successful track record of managing the operations and investment portfolio of the Company. The Company is currently one of the largest asset management companies in Pakistan with a portfolio of thirteen open-end funds which includes two non-public funds namely NIT-SEF and NIT-EMOF, two voluntary pension schemes, and an exchange-traded fund. The assets under management of the Company stood at ~PKR 96,759mln (including SEF & EMOF) end-Dec'21.

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