Nigerian government spends N1.02 trillion on debt servicing in Q1 2021
The Nigerian government spent a sum of N1.02 trillion on domestic and foreign debt service in the first quarter of 2021, representing a 35.7% year-on-year increase compared to N753.7 billion spent in the first quarter of 2020. This was revealed in the debt service payment report for Q1 2021, released by the Debt Management Office (DMO).
Oil Price Rallies above Two-Year High, Breaches $75 Mark
Nigeria’s oil benchmark, Brent, crossed the $75 price per barrel mark on Tuesday, setting a new record last seen in April 2019, on the back of continuing signs of a rapidly tightening market supply of the commodity. While Brent oil futures was up 0.4 per cent to hit $75.19 per barrel, the United States oil standard, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures was up 0.10 per cent to around $73.19 per barrel.
Nigeria Faces Import Crisis As Reserves Hit 13-Month Low
Nigeria’s economy could be leaning against the wind as the country’s external reserves fell to a 13-month low last week, tumbling quickly to $30 billion, the level it was between 2015 and 2017. Last Thursday, the figure slid to $33.79 billion, as it dropped by $30 million. This represented a 0.09% decline compared to $33.824 billion recorded on Wednesday, June 16.
The T-bills market opened the week on a positive note as trading activities resumed on selected bills within the OMO and NTB yield curve. Investors continued to show interest for march 2021 OMO bills which traded between 9.40% -9.45% and also the June 2021 NTB which traded around 8.90%. Offers on special T-bills were strangely scarce with the few offers shown in the market at 8.70%, although real buyers who demanded for rates above 9.00% shunned this.
The FGN bonds market held its breath in Wednesday’s session with yields across the benchmark curve remaining mostly unchanged from the previous day levels as traders anticipated the outcome of the FGN Bond primary market auction. Consequently, yields compressed by an average of c.1bps across the benchmark curve. At the bond auction, the Debt Management Office (DMO) shocked the market by overselling bonds by over 2.2x of the amount offered, raising a total of c.333.56bn cash across the three tenors.
Interest rates trended up by an additional 150bps from Tuesday’s closing as naira dealers scrambled to cover their positions amidst tight system liquidity with the market opening in the negative territory of -c80.27Bn. Local banks camped at the CBN Lending and Repo windows to fund their daily operations, forcing Open Buy Back (OBB) and Overnight rates to close 20.00% and 21.00%, respectively.
The FX space on Wednesday opened on a sluggish note as traders continued to scramble for funds amidst the poorly supplied FX market. Traded volumes increased slightly by 13% from the previous day’s close while the Naira depreciated by N1.50k to close at N411.83/$, the bided range amongst banks remained wide between N400/$ and N430/$. At the parallel market, the cash and transfer market remained unchanged for another consecutive session closing at N500/$.
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