FDI inflows exceed 2017 goal with December still untallied
Foreign direct investments into the country in the first 11 months of 2017 exceeded the full year target as local units of overseas firms benefited from the inflow of capital to fund their expansion plans, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said on Monday.
BSP data show that the net inflow from January to November last year reached $8.7 billion, exceeding the $8 billion projection for 2017.
“The sustained FDI inflows reflected investor confidence given the Philippine economy’s solid macroeconomic fundamentals and growth prospects,” BSP Gov. Nestor Espenilla Jr. said in a statement.
The BSP said total FDI increased to $869 million at the end of November 2017, representing a 16.9-percent increase over the figure reported in the same period of 2016.
“This was due mainly to the 13.1-percent expansion in non-residents’ net placements in debt instruments issued by local affiliates (classified as intercompany borrowings) to reach $604 million,” he explained.
Net equity capital inflows likewise grew by 38.7 percent to $210 million, as equity capital placements of $228 million more than offset the $18 million withdrawals.
The bulk of gross equity capital investments came from Singapore, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, China, and the United States.
These were channeled mainly to manufacturing; real estate; electricity, gas, steam and air-conditioning supply; construction; and wholesale and retail trade activities. Meanwhile, reinvestment of earnings amounted to $56 million during the month.
Net FDI rose by 20.1 percent year-on-year, driven largely by the 9 percent growth in net placements in debt instruments to $5.2 billion.
Net investments in equity capital reached $2.8 billion from $1.8 billion in the comparable period in 2016, on account of the combined effect of higher equity capital placements ($3.3 billion from $2.4 billion) and lower withdrawals ($483 million from $555 million).
Equity capital infusions during the period were sourced mainly from the Netherlands, the United States, Singapore, Japan, and Hong Kong.
These placements were invested largely in gas, steam and air-conditioning supply; manufacturing; real estate; construction; and wholesale, retail trade activities.
Reinvestment of earnings reached $717 million.
BSP statistics on FDI covers actual investment inflows, which could be in the form of equity capital, reinvestment of earnings, and borrowings between affiliates.
In contrast to investment data from other government sources, the BSP’s FDI data include investments where ownership by the foreign enterprise is at least 10 percent.
Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.