According to the balance sheet of Banque du Liban (BDL), the central bank’s total assets added 6.30% compared to last year, to reach $166.63B by end of June 2022. The increase was mainly due to the 25.33% year-on-year (YOY) rise in other assets, grasping 40.11% of BDL’s total assets and reaching $66.94B by end of June 2022.
Moreover, the gold account, representing 10.04% of BDL’s total assets, increased by 3.20% yearly to reach $16.73B by end June 2022.
Meanwhile, BDL’s foreign assets, grasping 9.20% of total assets, decreased by 25.38% YOY to stand at $15.33B by end of June 2022. Hence, the Central Bank is surely taking measures to maintain the black market rate at approximately 29,000 LBP/USD. However, this measure is very costly as BDL is using its foreign reserve to support Sayarafa, that’s what explains the continuous decrease of foreign asset. But the decrease could have been worse, since BDL’s foreign assets fell by around $172M in the last two weeks, while the Sayrafa transactions were $377M; This implying that BDL were able to retrieve around $205M from the FX market.
On the liabilities front, financial sector deposits, 66.01% of BDL’s total liabilities, increased by 2.76% and reached $109.99B by end of June 2022 compared to last year, of which more than two thirds are denominated in dollars.
Currency in Circulation outside of BDL, consisted of 15.49% of BDL’s total liabilities, decreased annually by 3.56% and reached $25.80B by end of June 2022. This is in line with BDL’s policy of limiting LBP liquidity from the market.
BDL Total, Foreign assets and Currency in Circulation by June ($B)