Ministry of Finance (MoF) Raises LBP 322B through its Auction on Aug. 10th

Dpuring the week of 28 July to 3 August 2017, Broad Money M3 increased by a weekly LBP 763B ($506M) to reach LBP 208,026B ($137.99B). In addition, M3 recorded growth rates of 8.85% on a year-on-year basis and 4.51% since the start of the year.

Over the same period, M1 went up by LBP 405B ($269M) to LBP 9,887B ($6.56B). This increase is mainly due to a LBP 319B ($212M) rise in currency in circulation and an LBP 86B ($57.04M) uptick in demand deposits.

Total deposits (excluding demand deposits) rose by LBP 358B ($237M) over the same period, as term and savings deposits denominated in local currency rose by LBP 49B ($32.5M) during the week, and deposits denominated in foreign currencies climbed by $205M.

The Broad Money dollarization rate dropped from 60.13% on July 27th to 60.06% on August 3rd  2017. According to the Central Bank, the overnight interbank rate remained stable at 3% between December 2016 and May 2017.

In the Treasury Bills auction held on Aug. 10, 2017, The Ministry of Finance (MoF) raised LBP 322B ($214M), through the issuance of bills maturing in 3 months (3M) and 12M, in addition to notes maturing in 60M. The highest demand was achieved on the 60M notes, which grasped a 40.64% stake of total subscriptions, while the 3M and 12M bills accounted for the remaining shares of 31.39% and 27.97%, respectively. The discount rates on the 3M and 12M bills stood at 4.39% and 5.08%, respectively, while the coupon rate on the 60M notes stood at 6.74%. New subscriptions exceeded existing maturities by LBP 190B ($ 126M).


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