(Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN): Foreign direct investments (FDI) continued to surge into the Philippines for the January-May 2018 period, with registered net inflows hitting $4.8 billion, or a growth of 49 per cent from the comparable period in 2017, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said.
In a statement, the central bank said investment inflows were boosted by continued favourable investor sentiment on the back of the country’s solid macroeconomic fundamentals and growth prospects.
The strong performance of inward investments in the first five months of the year came on the heels of a record high FDI figure of $10 billion recorded for all of 2017.
The latest data showed that net equity capital investments grew by 469.1 per cent to $1.4 billion during the January-May period. Meanwhile, gross equity capital placements grew more than four times to $1.5 billion, while withdrawals hit $139 million.
Equity capital placements during the period came mainly from Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Japan and the US.
“The placements were largely invested in manufacturing; financial and insurance; real estate; arts, entertainment and recreation; and electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply activities,” the BSP said.
Debt instruments rose by 17.3 per cent to $3.1 billion from $2.7 billion a year ago, and reinvestment of earnings amounted to $343 million during the period.
For May alone, FDI net inflows rose more than twice to $1.6 billion from the $677 million recorded last year.
“All FDI components yielded higher net inflows during the month,” the BSP said.
About 80 per cent of FDI net inflows were in the form of nonresidents’ investments in debt instruments issued by local affiliates or intercompany borrowings, which grew by 135.7 per cent to $1.3 billion from $564 million in 2017.
Net equity capital investments for the month increased more than five times to $241 million from $43 million during the same month last year.
Equity capital placements amounted to $257 million while withdrawals continued to be low at $15 million.
Equity capital placements in May were primarily from Singapore, the United Kingdom, Germany, the US and Japan.
These were channeled largely to manufacturing; real estate; electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply; financial and insurance, and professional, scientific and technical activities.
Reinvestment of earnings amounted to $75 million, slightly higher by 5.7 per cent than the $71 million recorded in May 2017.
The BSP statistics on foreign direct investments cover actual inflows, which could be in the form of equity capital, reinvestment of earnings and borrowings between affiliates.