Local firms’ foreign assets stand at $118 billion
The foreign liabilities of non-financial companies declined by $4.3 billion to $312.7 billion.
On the asset side, deposits held by domestic banks and direct investments abroad increased by $298 million and $137 million respectively, export receivables decreased by $837 million, indicating a decrease of $381 million in assets.
On the liability side, domestic loans and external loans (excluding trade credits) decreased by $4.3 billion and $194 million respectively, while import payables increased by $232 million compared to December 2018. Accordingly, liabilities recorded a decrease of $4.3 billion.
Short-term external loans declined by $532 million but long-term external loans increased by $572 million.
According to the data, short-term assets and short-term liabilities stood at $94.2 billion and $89.1 billion, resulting into a short-term foreign exchange surplus of $5.04 billion in January, up from the surplus of $4.4 billion in December 2018.