102741  |  INF109K01AH4  |  4 star  |  Bronze


$ 26.57

1-Day Total Return

INR | NAV as of 15/12/2017 10:30:00 | 1-Day Return as of 15 Dec 2017

TTM Yield




Total Assets

80.0 bil



Fee Level






Min. Inv.


30-Day SEC Yield



Corporate Credit

Credit Quality/Interest Rate Sensitivity

Morningstar's Take | 28/02/2017
by Himanshu Srivastava

Portfolio manager Rahul Bhuskute took over the mantle of this fund after it had undergone a series of changes on both the manager and strategy fronts. In early 2012, the fund was rebranded as ICICI Prudential Corporate Bond fund (from the erstwhile ICICI Prudential Long Term Floating Rate Plan) to signify a change in strategy. In September 2012, Avnish Jain took the wheel after the erstwhile manager Chaitanya Pande exited the fund company. Jain exited the fund company in Sep 2013 and was subsequently replaced by Bhuskute.

After taking over the fund, Bhuskute aligned its portfolio in line with the fund’s investment proposition investment mandate. Under Jain, the investment approach combined duration calls and credit plays. For duration management, which was Jain’s forte, he invested significantly in government bonds and state development loans despite the fund being billed as a ‘corporate bond fund’. Bhuskute, on the other hand, plies a pure corporate bond strategy and does not invest in government securities. Furthermore, the mainstay of the strategy is taking credit calls rather than making substantial adjustments to the duration. More importantly, the process now gels well with Bhuskute’s prowess in taking credit calls. Further, a research-intensive investment approach enables the manager to help mitigate the risks inherent to such an approach.

Having said this, fund holding Jindal Steel & Power (JSPL) defaulted on its interest payment last year. However, given Bhuskute’s measured exposure to the security, the damage was contained. Having said, this instance hasn’t lowered our conviction in the fund and its manager. It’s worth noting that such a risk is inherent to the strategy plied here, which entails going down the credit ladder.

We draw confidence from Bhuskute and his investment approach. Notwithstanding temporary blips, which tag along with the credit-oriented strategies, we believe the manager and his process have the wherewithal to deliver an outperformance versus Morningstar Category peers over the long term. Hence, we recommend retaining a Morningstar Analyst Rating of Bronze for the fund for now.

Morningstar Analyst Rating™
Analyst Rating
Portfolio Role

Rahul focuses on minimising the impact of risks associated with credit strategies on the fund.


Rahul has the credentials to run a strategy rooted in credit calls.


ICICI Prudential AMC’s stewardship is in line with the industry norm.


Research-based approach that focuses on qualitative and quantitative aspects.


The fund has performed well under Rahul so far.


The fund’s expense ratio is marginally lower than the category median.

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