JCR-VIS reaffirms Fund Stability Rating of PICIC Islamic Income Fund

Karachi, December 22, 2014 (PPI-OT): JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited (JCR-VIS) has reaffirmed the Fund Stability Rating (FSR) of PICIC Islamic Income Fund (PIIF) at ‘A(f)’ (Single A (f)). The previous rating action was announced on August 04, 2014.

As a Shariah compliant income fund, PIIF’s investable universe of assets is restricted to securities/counterparties that are approved by the Shariah advisor. Moreover, the investment policy of the fund only allows for investment in issues/issuers rated ‘A’ or above, with portfolio duration targeted at 2 years (preferably not more than 365 days).

Size of the fund has declined substantially, post launch. Asset allocation has remained aligned with the investment policy, with funds largely deployed with banks and DFIs. Some exposure in corporate Sukuk has been built in recent months, which has increased the weighted average maturity of the portfolio, though still remaining well within policy limits. The fund manager is looking to build the corporate Sukuk portfolio further.

PIIF is exposed to reinvestment rate risk, which has heightened lately, as is the case with other Islamic income funds. Inability to lock-in returns over the long term means that returns will remain under pressure if the policy rate declines further.

For more information, contact:
Ms. Sobia Maqbool
CFA
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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