Registered investments for the month of February amounted to US$2.1 billion, 24.6 percent lower than the US$2.8 billion figure for January due to market correction and profit taking amidst encouraging news on corporate earnings. Year-on-year, however, registered investments rose by 41.9 percent from the US$1.5 billion level recorded in 2012.
Registered investments in February consisted of PSE-listed securities (US$1.6 billion or 76.4 percent) and Peso GS (US$500 million or 23.6 percent). The main beneficiaries of investments in PSE-listed securities were: holding firms (US$474 million), banks (US$332 million), property companies (US$211 million), telecommunication firms (US$151 million), and utility companies (US$123 million).
Outflows for the month rose to US$1.9 billion from US$1.5 billion in January, resulting in lower net inflows of US$212 million compared to US$1.3 billion last month. Peso GS netted inflows of US$294 million, albeit lower than the previous month’s US$740 million, while transactions in PSE-listed securities and money market instruments resulted in net outflows of US$79 million and US$3 million, respectively.
The United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Luxembourg (with combined share of 86.8 percent) were the top five (5) investor countries for the month. The United States continued to be the main beneficiary of outflows from investments receiving US$1.5 billion.
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.