Press Release

JCR-VIS Reaffirms Management Quality Rating of HBL Asset Management Limited at AM2-

Karachi, January 14, 2016: JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited (JCR-VIS) has reaffirmed the Management Quality Rating of HBL Asset Management Limited (HBL AMC) at ‘AM2-’ (AM-Two Minus). Outlook on the assigned rating is ‘Stable’. The previous rating action was announced on March 13, 2015.

The rating assigned to HBL AMC take into account presence of a structured investment process and sound control infrastructure. The AMC benefits from parental support and commitment from its single shareholder, HBL, the largest commercial bank in the country. With the recent launch of HBL Islamic Asset Allocation fund, HBL AMC is managing a diversified portfolio of 10 funds. The AMC aims to better align product suit with investors evolving needs and the competitive environment. Unitholder continues to feature sizeable concentration albeit improving on a year-on-year basis.

HBL AMC’s senior management team is experienced. Strengthening of the research and investment management team has been viewed positively. Organizational structure of the sales function was revamped with separate heads for conventional and Islamic sales. There is nevertheless room to strengthen the organizational structure of the AMC. In the sales strategy currently being pursued by the company, greater focus towards achieving retail penetration has been observed with branches of HBL also being used as a channel to generate sales. The IT platform is adequate and supports the growing operations of the company.

Overall investment strategy of the AMC is risk averse. Stock funds are predominately invested in blue chip companies which have underperformed in the recent period. Resultantly, performance of stock funds remained depressed. Returns of the income and money market funds remained largely competitive.

For further information on this rating announcement, please contact the undersigned (Ext: 517) or Mr. Javed Callea (Ext: 501) at 021-35311861-70 (10 lines) or fax to 021-35311873.

Jamal Abbas Zaidi

Applicable Rating Criteria: Mutual Funds Rating (December 2006)

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