TESTING THE HEALTH OF STOCK MARKET

MUTUAL FUNDS

PROF. DR. KHAWAJA AMJAD SAEED*
Email: kamjadsaeed@yahoo.com

Feb 16 - 22, 2009

MUTUAL FUNDS

On Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) there are six components of financial sector. These include: closed-end and open-end mutual funds, modarbas, leasing companies, investment banks, commercial banks, and insurance. This piece will only examine the performance of listed mutual funds on KSE.

ANALYSIS OF MUTUAL FUNDS LISTED ON KARACHI STOCK MARKET SCOPE

This analysis is restricted to mutual funds listed on Karachi Stock Exchange as on September 11, 2008. The raw data was picked up form Daily Quotations of Karachi Stock Exchange of the said date.

INDICATORS FOR ANALYSIS

For undertaking quantitative analysis, the following eight indicators have been used while comparing the closed end listed Mutual Funds and shares listed on KSE:

1.         Number of listed closed - end-mutual funds & share in KSE
2.         Paid-up capital
3.         Par value
4.         Historical growth
5.         Turnover
6.         Market capitalization
7.         GDP share
8.         Par and below par value analysis
9.         Distribution of returns

SALIENT FEATURES OF ANALYSIS

1. LISTED COMPANIES SHARE

Total number of listed companies on Karachi Stock Exchange was 657. Out of this, total number of listed close-end mutual funds was 28. It represents a share of 4%. This Guides us to conclude that potential is too big to tap. An aggressive Marketing effort is needed to increase the market share. Even compared to India, this share is too small. Private sector is encouraged to undertake steps to boost the market share.

2. PAID-UP CAPITAL

Total paid up capital of above listed companies was Rs. 719 billion. Out of this, the listed mutual funds represented Rs. 28 billion-showing a share of 4% only. Strategic initiatives are needed to steadily increase this share so that the prospective investors are beneficiaries arising out of the expected productive contribution of the professionals managing mutual funds.

3. PAR VALUE

Par Value analysis reveals that 4% of list mutual funds had Rs. 5 as Par Value. 96% had Par Value of Rs. 10. In today's time, these Par Values are too low. These need to be revised upward. Suggested amount of Par Value is Rs. 100.

4. HISTORICAL GROWTH

One can have an idea of growth of mutual funds listed on Karachi Stock Exchange from the following Box:

BOX NO. 1

GROWTH OF MUTUAL FUNDS

YEAR

NUMBER

%

1980-1990

02

09

1991-2000

09

39

 

11

48

2001-2008

12

52

 

23

100

Examining the above figures, managers of mutual funds are encouraged to accelerate the pace of increasing the number of mutual funds to be listed in future on Stock Market.

5. TURNOVER

A review of total KSE turnover during January-August 2008 (8 months) revealed that shares worth Rs. 31 billion were traded. The share of listed closed-end mutual funds was Rs. 0.52 billion-representing 1.67%. This indicator also shows how big is the potential to be tapped.

6. MARKET CAPITALIZATION

Total market capitalization of KSE was Rs. 2,894 billion against Rs. 21 billion relating to listed closed-end mutual funds. This represents 0.73%. A strategic plan to increase the share is the crying need of today.

7. GPD SHARE

Pakistan's GDP is $ 160 Billion listed KSE market capitalization was $ 38. However the share of listed closed-end mutual funds was 0.18%. A staggered plan to increase the share through strategic planning can be helpful.

8. PAR AND BELOW PAR VALUE ANALYSIS

One indicator of studying the health of mutual funds is to compare the par value with market value. This position is included in the following box:

BOX NO. 2

PAR VALUE COMPARED TO MARKET VALUE

PARTICULARS

NUMBER

%

Par & above Par Value

03

13

Below Par Value

20

87

 

23

100

Sickness is quite clear as 87% of listed mutual funds are below par value on the KSE. It is a wake up call for underperformers.

9. DISTRIBUTION OF RETURNS

Seven listed mutual funds did not pay any dividend. Fourteen paid dividend. Two distributed bonus shares.

CONCLUSIONS & RECOMMENDATIONS

Based on foregoing analysis, the following conclusions emerge and alongwith these, suggestions are offered for consideration of the stakeholders in general and managers of close-end mutual funds in particular:

1. Share of mutual funds be increased in the context of total listed shares on KSE.

2. The share of paid up capital in the total paid up share capital of KSE is too small and needs to be increased.

3. Par Value of share of mutual funds be increased to Rs. 100 as against the existing rates of Rs. 5 and Rs. 10.

4. The number of listed mutual funds needs to be substantially increased.

5. The volume of trading of listed mutual funds is too small and needs to be increased with an accelerated approach.

6. Based on foregoing aspects, market capitalization of listed mutual funds is too small and requires strategic initiative for its substantial increase.

7. If tangible steps are taken, contribution to GDP through mutual funds can be increased.

8. Sick listed mutual funds (87%) need a serious attention. Unless this issue is addressed, the investors will not have confidence in investing in listed mutual funds.