JCR-VIS Reaffirms Fund Stability Rating of UBL Income Opportunity Fund

Karachi, December 29, 2017 (PPI-OT):JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited has reaffirmed the Fund Stability Rating (FSR) of UBL Income Opportunity Fund (UIOF) (formerly UBL Financial Sector Bond Fund (UFBF)) at ‘A-(f)’ (Single A Minus (f)). The previous rating action was announced on December 30, 2016.

UIOF is designed as an income fund with an objective of generating competitive returns primarily through investment in cash and near cash instruments, government securities, bank deposits and TFC/Sukuk. The assigned rating factors in the fund’s policy to invest in avenues rated ‘A’ and above, apart from TFC/Sukuk where credit risk exposure is capped at ‘AA’. Actual asset allocation has remained in line with defined policy guidelines with minimum exposure in ‘A+’ and above rated instruments. Weighted average duration of the fund is capped at 1.5 years with significant decline in duration on a timeline basis resulting in lower exposure to market risk.

Net assets of the fund increased to Rs. 300m by end-August 2016, though subsequently declining to Rs. 177m at end-FY17. Fund size further reduced to Rs. 147m by end-November 2017. Rating is constrained by high unit holder concentration in the fund which continues to remain sizeable. With exposure of the fund primarily in liquid avenues, ability of the fund to meet redemptions is considered adequate.

For more information, contact:
JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited
VIS House, 128/C,
25th Lane off Khayaban-e-Ittehad,
Phase VII, DHA, Karachi
Tel: +92-21-35311861-72
Fax: +92-21-35311873
Email: sobia@jcrvis.com.pk

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