The tenure of EBL First Mutual Fund, a closed-end mutual fund, has been extended for another 10 years until August 18, 2029.
Closed-end mutual funds are investment funds that gather a fixed pool of money for 10 years from a number of investors and re-invest them into stocks, bonds and other assets.
Bangladesh RACE Management PCL, the asset manager of the fund, has informed that by order of the government, the BSEC through the exercise of its power accorded by the Securities and Exchange Ordinance, 1969 (XVII of 1969) Section 20A has given consent to extend the tenure of the existing EBL First Mutual Fund for another 10 years in relaxation of all applicable rules & regulations and procedures.
In continuation, the EBL First Mutual Fund is declared extended up to August 18, 2029, said the disclosure.
Earlier in September 2018, the stock market regulator has given a go-ahead to the extension of the tenure of closed-end mutual funds and handed over the right to the asset managers.
In this regard, the BSEC also issued a directive that time scrapping its previous directive regarding conversion or liquidation of closed-end MFs on completion of tenure of ten years.
The existing closed-end MFs which are unwilling to extend tenure will be allowed to be converted or liquidated as per the rules, the BSEC directive said.
According to BSEC directive, total tenure, including another term of ten years, of the existing closed-end mutual funds will not be more than 20 years.
Each unit price of EBL First Mutual Fund, which was listed on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) in 2009, closed at Tk 5.40 on Monday, gaining 1.88 per cent.
On the close of operation on August 01, 2019, the Fund has reported net asset value (NAV) of Tk 10.54 per unit on the basis of current market price and Tk 10.93 per unit on the basis of cost price against face value of Tk 10 whereas total net assets of the fund stood at Tk 1,526,001,853 on the basis of market price and Tk 1,581,679,190 on the basis of cost price after considering all assets and liabilities of the Fund.
The Trustee Committee of the fund has declared 3.0 per cent cash dividend for the year ended on June 30, 2019. The record date is on August 27.