BMA EMPRESS CASH FUND (BECF)
The BMA Empress Cash Fund is a professionally managed cash fund, which aims to minimize risk, maximize liquidity and generate a competitive rate of return. This will be achieved by concentrating portfolio allocation in AA rated banks and short duration sovereign rated securities.
|Fund Type||Open End|
|Category||Money Market Fund|
|Benchmark||3M Bank Rate|
|Cut‐off time||4:00 PM|
|Front end Load||upto 1%|
|Back End Load||Nil|
|Fund Stability Rating||AA+ (F) (JCR)|
|Risk Profile||Low Risk|
|Auditor||A. F. Fergusons & Co.|
|Transfer Agent||Technology Trade|
|Legal Advisors||KMS Law Associates|
|Management Quality Rating||AM3|
|*This includes 0.22% of SECP Fee & Govt. Levy|
|**Management fee is reduced to 0% from 18 November 2016 for|
|a period of six month|
The fund earned an annualized return of 4.10% during May’17 as against the benchmark of 5.23%, underperformed by 113bps. The FY17 return of the fund stood at 4.30% against the benchmark of 5.31%. This performance is net of management fee and all other expenses. Standard deviation of portfolio was 0.03%, reflecting the stable nature of the fund’s income. Portfolio duration was at 15 days while the weighted average maturity was also at 15 days. We have maintained investment in shorter tenor instruments and will continue so to avoid interest rate risk.
PORTFOLIO RATING PROFILE
CPI for May’17 rose to its highest since Oct’14 as the CPI figures clocked in at 5.02%YoY/0.01%MoM against the CPI of 4.78%YoY/1.40%MoM in the preceding month. Resultantly, 11MFY17 inflation stood at 4.17%YoY against 2.83%YoY during the same period last year. Monthly inflation figures can be attributed to 10%MoM (-1.69 %points) drop in the food (perishable & Non-perishable) prices, which was countered by a slight increase of 1%MoM (+1.37 %points) by heavy weight head of House, water, electricity & gas. For June-17 we expect inflation to clock in between 5.0%-5.2%, due to slight increase in food index, taking our FY17 inflation expectation to 4.25% against the figure of 2.83% in FY16.
State bank of Pakistan (SBP) kept policy rate unchanged in its latest monetary policy announcement, ascribing its decision to growing domestic demand depicted by FY17 provisional real GDP growth of 5.3% and a stable inflationary environment. The SBP attributed private sector credit expansion (51%YoY growth in private sector credit) to low interest rates and expects similar demand for credit to continue in FY18. On the external side SBP highlighted the widening current account deficit, crediting it to the slowdown in exports & workers’ remittances amid surge in import payments. However, going forward SBP expects official inflows to support foreign exchange reserves.
Current Account Deficit (CAD) was recorded at USD1.1bn in Apr’17, a 2.1x MoM increase to the last month. Resultantly 10MFY17 CAD has reached to the level of USD7.2bn compared to USD2.4bn in the same period last year. The increase is mainly attributable to 36%YoY increase in trade deficit. On the other hand, financial account surplus of USD623mn in Apr’17 managed to reduce the balance of payments deficit to USD 0.4bn (-34% MoM). Going forward the seasonal recovery in remittances and inflows under CSF can provide some relief to the widening CAD.
In the PIB auction conducted during the month, government raised Rs.40.66bn against the bids received of Rs.85.49bn. The cut‐off yields remained unchanged at 6.41%, 6.90% and 7.94% for 3‐yr, 5‐yr and 10‐ yr tenors respectively, where the activity was more tilted towards 3‐year tenor, whilst all bids for 20‐yr PIBs were rejected by the SBP. The government also raised PkR.712bn in two T-bills auctions, where the cut‐off Yield for 12‐months T‐bills went up by 2bps in second auction.
Disclaimer: This publication is for informational purposes only and nothing herein should be construed as a solicitation, recommendation or an offer to buy or sell any Fund. All investments in mutual funds are subject to market risks. The NAV based prices of units and any dividends/returns thereon are dependant on forces and factors affecting the capital markets. These may go up or down based on market conditions. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.