FDIs grow 7% in February; reach $1.1B in first 2 months of 2017

May 10, 2017 - 5:34 PM
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The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas on Roxas Boulevard. PHOTO FROM BWORLDONLINE.

MANILA – Foreign direct investments (FDI) net inflows increased by 7 percent in February 2017 to US$366 million from US$342 million in the same period in 2016, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas reported Wednesday (May 10). Officials traced this to steady investor confidence in the Philippine economy on the back of good macroeconomic fundamentals.

More than two-thirds of FDI net inflows were in the form of non-residents’ placements in debt instruments issued by local affiliates (intercompany borrowings) which increased by 160.7 percent to US$255 million from US$98 million in the previous year, BSP said.

Net equity capital infusion amounted to US$45 million, as equity capital placements of US$79 million more than offset the US$33 million withdrawals. The bulk (84.3 percent) of gross equity capital investments were sourced from Japan, Hong Kong, and the United States. Equity capital investments for the period were channeled primarily to wholesale and retail trade; real estate; manufacturing; financial and insurance; and art, entertainment and recreation activities.

Meanwhile, reinvestment of earnings grew by 11.3 percent to US$66 million from US$59 million in February 2016.
Year-to-date, FDI net inflows amounted to US$1.1 billion, representing an 11 percent year-on-year growth, in the first two months of 2017.

Investment inflows continued as investors remain confident in the Philippine economy on the back of strong macroeconomic fundamentals. Net placements in debt instruments increased by 133.2 percent to US$821 million from US$352 million in the comparable period last year. Equity capital investments recorded net inflows of US$93 million, as equity capital placements reached US$142 million while withdrawals amounted to only US$49 million.

Equity capital placements during the period came mostly from Japan, Hong Kong, the United States, Germany, and Singapore. These placements were largely invested in real estate; wholesale and retail trade; financial and insurance; information and communication; and manufacturing activities. Reinvestment of earnings for the first two months of 2017 reached US$137 million, higher by 3.3 percent from last year’s level.