Portfolio investment transactions for the month of May yielded net inflows of US$106 million (PSE-listed securities – US$69 million; Peso GS – US$87 million; and money market instruments – negative US$49 million). The figure was 68.1 percent lower than the US$333 million recorded a month ago. Registered investments were almost at the same level as April at US$1.5 billion due largely to several initial public offerings by Bloomberry Resorts Corporation, Rockwell Land Corporation, East West Banking Corporation and Calata Corporation. Outflows, on the other hand, rose to US$1.4 billion (or by 23.9 percent) from last month’s level due to growing concerns about Greece and Spain.
The main beneficiaries of investments in PSE-listed shares were: holding firms (US$337 million); diversified industrials (US$228 million); banks (US$183 million); property companies (US$138 million); and telecommunication firms (US$109 million).
The United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Luxembourg and Singapore were the top five (5) investor countries for the month. The United States continued to be the main beneficiary of outflows from investments.
Registration of inward foreign investments with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is voluntary. It entitles the investor or his representative to buy foreign exchange from authorized agent banks and/or their subsidiary/affiliate foreign exchange corporations for repatriation of capital and remittance of dividends/profits/earnings that accrue on the registered investment.