Ministry of Finance Raised $467M in its April 26th T-Bills Auction

During the week ending on Apr. 5, 2018, Broad Money (M3) contracted by a weekly LBP 166B ($110M) to reach LBP 210,065B ($139B). On a yearly basis, M3 added 3.65% and rose by 0.95% since the start of the year.

M1 also shrank by LBP 42B ($28M) to LBP 10,839B ($7B) over the week. The decline is attributed to a decrease of LBP 213B ($141M) in demand deposits and a LBP 171B ($113M) increase in currency circulation.

Total deposits (excluding demand deposits) declined by LBP 125B ($83M) over the same week, on the back of a weekly drop of LBP 250B ($166M) in Term and savings deposits denominated in local currency (LBP) and an $83M rise in deposits denominated in foreign currencies.

In turn, the broad money dollarization rate rose from 61.62% by March 29th to 61.73% by April 5, 2018. According to the Central Bank, the overnight interbank rate steadied at 4% in January 2018.

In the Treasury Bills Auction held on April 26, 2018, the Ministry of Finance (MoF) raised LBP 704B ($467M), through the issuance of bills maturing in 6 months (6M) and notes maturing in 3 years (3Y) and 7 years (7Y). The highest demand was achieved on the 3Y notes, which accounted for 42.7% of total subscriptions, while the 6M bills and 7Y notes accounted for the remaining shares of 14.7% and 42.6%, respectively.

The discount rates on the 6M bills stood at 4.87%, while the coupon rate on the notes maturing in 3Y and 7Y stood at 6.5% and 7.08%, respectively. New subscriptions exceeded existing maturities by LBP 449B ($298M).


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