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18 Mutual Funds You Can Buy in Nepal

Roberto worked as a research analyst for a stock brokerage company and has been writing about the Nepali stock market since 2013.

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With the flotation of NCM Mutual Fund in 2050 B.S. (1993 A.D.), the Nepali market entered into the era of mutual funds. It was an open-ended scheme with a collected fund of just Rs. 100 Million. These days, merchant bankers are coming up with funds 5 to 10 times larger than that, which have become a pivotal part of the Nepali stock market.

Mutual Fund Schemes Trading in The Stock Market in 2020

Currently, there are 18 mutual fund schemes running in the Nepali stock market (17 closed-end and 1 open-end mutual fund scheme). Three mutual funds are upcoming and are in the pipeline to be approved. These mutual funds have to be approved by SEBON (Securities Board of Nepal) first to publish the offer letter and accept the funds from general public as initial public offerings. When the fund units are allotted, they are listed in NEPSE (Nepal Stock Exchange) where they can be freely bought and sold. NEPSE is Nepal's only stock exchange market.

List of Mutual Funds in Nepal

  1. Global IME Samunnat Scheme-1 (GIMES1)
  2. NIBL Sambriddhi Fund-1 (NIBSF1)
  3. Nabil Equity Fund (NEF)
  4. NMB Hybrid Fund L-1 (NMBHF1)
  5. NIBL Pragati Fund (NIBLPF)
  6. Laxmi Equity Fund (LEMF)
  7. Siddhartha Equity Fund (SEF)
  8. Sanima Equity Fund (SAEF)
  9. NIC Asia Growth Fund (NICGF)
  10. Citizens Mutual Fund-1 (CMF1)
  11. Nabil Balanced Fund-2 (NBF2)
  12. Citizens Mutual Fund-2 (CMF2)
  13. NMB 50 Fund (NMB50)
  14. Siddhartha Investment Growth Scheme - 2 (SIGS2)
  15. NIC Asia Balance Fund (NICBF)
  16. Sunrise First Mutual Fund (SFMF)
  17. NIBL Sahabhagita Fund (NIBLSF) - the only open-end mutual fund scheme of Nepal
  18. Laxmi Unnati Kosh (LUK) - initial issue from July 26, 2020

Recently Matured Mutual Funds in Nepal:

  1. Siddhartha Investment Growth Scheme-1 (SIGS1)
  2. Nabil Balanced Fund-1 (NBF1)
  3. NMB Sulav Investment Fund-1 (NMBSF1)
  4. Siddhartha Equity Oriented Scheme (SEOS)
  5. Laxmi Value Fund-1 (LVF1)

Upcoming Mutual Fund IPO - Laxmi Unnati Kosh

Laxmi Unnati Kosh is a closed-end fund with period of 10 years. Its fund size is Rs 800 Million but it can increase to Rs 1 Billion if it becomes oversubscribed.

Interested in mutual funds?

These mutual funds are managed by merchant bankers (fund managers) and sponsored by a commercial bank ('A' class banks licensed by Nepal Rastra Bank). Only those merchant bankers that are direct subsidiaries of commercial banks can float and manage mutual funds in Nepal. As such, mutual fund companies are full subsidiaries of commercial banks.

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List of Mutual Fund Companies:

Mutual Fund Companies in Nepal

1. NIBL Capital Markets

2. Laxmi Capital Market

3. Global IME Capital (previously known as Elite Capital)

4. Siddhartha Capital

5. NMB Capital

6. Nabil Investment Banking Limited

7. CBIL Capital

8. Prabhu Capital (previously known as Growmore Merch8nt Banking)

9. Civil Capital Markets

10. NIC Asia Capital

11. Sunrise Capital

1. Siddhartha Investment Growth Scheme-1

Fund Size: Rs. 500 Million

Maturity Period: 5 Years

Expires: December 2017

Highest NAV: Rs. 34.329 on July 29, 2016

SIGS-1 was the first mutual fund scheme in Nepal to conceptualize the industry after the introduction of the mutual fund regulatory act in 2010. It started with an initial fund of Rs. 500 million (Rs. 50 Crores) and is a close-end scheme that expires on December 2017. SIGS-1 is a more risky scheme in a sense that it is more focused on a higher possible capital appreciation. As such, it has not allotted any money in "safe" investments like fixed deposits.

The fund that started with just Rs. 500 million has invested a total of Rs. 1.12 billion in stocks, and has Rs. 50 million in dividends, rights offerings and initial offerings.

Its NAV had reached the highest level on July 29 2016 at Rs. 34.329, which is more than a three-fold jump from its par value of Rs. 10 only. It has provided 64.5% in cash dividends so far: 30% in FY 2015-16, 15% in FY 2014-15, 15% in FY 2013-14, and 4.5% in FY 2012-13.

Siddhartha Investment Growth Scheme-1 (SIGS1) and Siddhartha Equity Oriented Scheme (SEOS) are managed by Siddhartha Capital as the merchant banker.

Siddhartha Investment Growth Scheme-1 (SIGS1) and Siddhartha Equity Oriented Scheme (SEOS) are managed by Siddhartha Capital as the merchant banker.

2. Siddhartha Equity Oriented Scheme

Fund Size: Rs. 1 Billion

Maturity Period: 5 Years

Expires: July 2019

Highest NAV: Rs. 18.95 on July 29, 2016

After the successful management of SIGS-1, Siddhartha Capital came with another close-end mutual fund scheme in 2014. It has provided 16% in cash dividend so far from the profit it made up to the end of FY 2015-16. The fund that started with an initial pool of Rs. 100 Crores has already invested Rs. 113 Crores in listed stocks, Rs. 10 Crores in fixed deposits, and Rs. 2.4 Crores in bonds and debentures.

3. NMB Sulav Investment Fund-1

Fund Size: Rs. 750 Million

Maturity Period: 5 Years

Expires: September 2019

Highest NAV: Rs. 20.36 on July 29, 2016

As of December 2016, the investment of NMBSF-1 has jumped up to Rs. 963.3 million from an initial fund of Rs. 750 million. It has set aside Rs. 75 million in fixed deposit account and Rs. 14 million in bonds and debentures. So far, it has provided 20% cash dividend from the profit it earned up to the end of FY 2015-16.

4. NIBL Sambriddhi Fund-1

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Fund Size: Rs. 1 Billion

Maturity Period: 7 Years

Expires: December 2021

Highest NAV: Rs. 18.32 on July 29, 2016

With investment of Rs. 1.18 billion in stocks of listed companies, Rs. 100 million in fixed deposits, Rs. 33 million in bonds and debentures, and Rs. 78.61 million in public offerings, NIBSF-1's total investment has reached to over Rs. 1.39 billion. That is a massive rise from the initial collection of Rs. 800 million. As such, it has also offered cash dividend to its scheme holders: 15% from the profits it had earned up to the end of fiscal year 2015-16.

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5. Nabil Balanced Fund-1

Fund Size: Rs. 750 Million

Maturity Period: 5 Years

Expires: April 2018

Highest NAV: Rs. 30.71 on July 29, 2016

Nabil Balanced Fund-1 (NBF1) had reached to a height of Rs 30.71 as compared to its par value of Rs. 10. It has an impressive Rs. 1.47 billion in investment, which is a significant return on its initial Rs. 600 million fund. It has also set Rs. 75 million in fixed deposits.

It has provided 30% cash dividend in FY 2015-16 and 14% in FY 2013-14. It had pledged 5.5% in the middle of FY 2013-14 but this issuance was suspended by the regulatory authority as dividends can only be declared from the profits made in a whole fiscal year.

6. Laxmi Value Fund-1

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Fund Size: Rs. 500 Million

Maturity Period: 5 Years

Expires: March 2020

Highest NAV: Rs. 16.11 on July 29, 2016

LVF1 is the first mutual fund scheme sponsored by Laxmi Bank, and managed by Laxmi Capital. It has saved up Rs. 80 million in fixed deposits and has invested Rs. 396 million in stocks. The fund which started in 2015 has already provided 25% from the profit it earned in FY 2015-16.

The merchant banker (Laxmi Capital) had proposed to invest approximately 58% in equity or equity-based instruments (like stocks), 38% in fixed income securities (like fixed deposits schemes), and rest of the fund would be at call.

7. Global IME Samunnat Scheme-1

Fund Size: Rs. 1 Billion

Maturity Period: 5 Years

Expires: February 2021

GIMES1 initially published offer for a fund of Rs 800 million, but when it was oversubscribed, the fund was declared to be worth Rs. 1 billion. It posted a net loss of Rs. 33 million in November 2016. It has invested Rs. 676 million in stocks and Rs. 100 million in fixed deposit as per its financial statement published on November 30, 2016.

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8. NMB Hybrid Fund L-1

Fund Size: Rs. 1 Billion

Maturity Period: 5 Years

Expires: October 2021

Highest NAV: Rs. 10.07 on December 16, 2016

NMB Hybrid Fund L-1 is a close-end mutual fund scheme managed by NMB Capital and sponsored by NMB Bank. It collected funds in September 2016, and has made investments worth Rs. 2 million in initial public offerings. Rs. 100 million has been set aside as fixed deposits in various bank accounts to garner interests. Its NAV at the end of November was Rs. 10.02 (par value of Rs. 10).

9. Nabil Equity Fund

Fund Size: Rs. 1.25 Billion

Maturity Period: 7 Years

Expires: November 2023

Similar to Global IME Samunnat Scheme-1 and NMB Hybrid Fund L-1, Nabil Bank's newest mutual fund scheme - Nabil Equity Fund was also oversubscribed. Hence, with respect to the acting law governing mutual fund schemes, its fund size was increased from Rs. 1 Billion to Rs. 1.25 Billion. As such, 125 million units were allotted to the subscribers.

Until the end of November, it has invested Rs. 47.14 million in shares of companies listed in Nepal Stock Exchange. Likewise, it has invested Rs. 501 thousand in stocks of unlisted companies (IPO) and has saved up Rs. 70 million in fixed deposit accounts to garner regular interest.

10. NIBL Pragati Fund

Fund Size: Rs. 750 Million

Maturity Period: 7 Years

Expires: December 2023

NIBL Capital Markets recently floated Rs. 600 million worth of this particular mutual fund scheme. Its paid up value per script also stands at Rs. 10 per unit. Since it was oversubscribed, its fund size also increased by 25% to Rs 750 million.

It is trading in NEPSE with the stock symbol NIBLPF.

Upcoming Mutual Fund Schemes in Nepal

NameInitial Fund SizeFund ManagerStatus

NIC Asia Dynamic Debt Fund (Open End)

Rs. 500 Million

NIC Asia Capital Limited

In SEBON Pipeline

Sanima Large Cap Fund (Closed End)

Rs. 1 Billion

Sanima Capital Limited

In SEBON Pipeline (SEBON has already replied to the issue manager with comment on August 2018)

Laxmi Unnati Kosh

Rs 800 Million

Laxmi Capital Market Limited

IPO from July 26 - August 9, 2020

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Questions & Answers

Question: I am a Nepali Citizen but currently live in the USA. Can I buy IPO of upcoming mutual funds as a Nepali? If yes, what is the process to buy mutual funds?

Answer: Yes, you can buy IPO of mutual funds. There is a service called MeroShare, which allows investors to buy IPO shares online. Currently, there are no IPOs being issued. When they are, they will be listed on the webpage and anyone can apply online.

© 2016 Roberto Eldrum

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