BSP: Foreign investments surge in PH in 1st quarter

By Inquirer.net |June 11,2018 - 10:39 PM

Inflows of foreign direct investments to the Philippines rose substantially in the first quarter of the year as investors were reassured by the country’s strong economy, the central bank said on Monday.

In a press statement, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said FDIs totaled $2.2 billion in net inflows for the first quarter of 2018, representing an increase of 43.5 percent from $1.5 billion in the comparable period last year.

“This reflected investors’ continued positive outlook on the Philippine economy on the back of sound macroeconomic fundamentals and robust growth prospects,” the BSP said.

Net equity capital increased more than six-fold to $887 million from a year ago as gross placements of $996 million more than compensated for the withdrawals of $109 million.

Equity capital placements for the first quarter originated mainly from Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Japan and Taiwan. The bulk of these placements were invested in manufacturing; financial and insurance; real estate; arts, entertainment and recreation; and electricity, gas, steam and air-conditioning supply activities.

Net investments in debt instruments reached $1.1 billion, a decrease of 8.2 percent from $1.2 billion in the previous year. Reinvestment of earnings was steady at $193 million.

For the month of March 2018 alone, FDIs reached $682 million, representing a 27 percent growth from the $537 million recorded in the same period last year.

FDI inflows rose during the month as net equity capital increased markedly on the back of higher gross placements of equity capital ($351 million from $51 million) and lower withdrawals ($33 million from $42 million).

Equity capital infusions in March came mostly from Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, the United States, and Sweden.

These were channeled largely to manufacturing; real estate; art, entertainment and recreation; and financial and insurance activities.

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