Highlights Of This Report
- Guyana’s public debt remains sustainable with a moderate risk of debt distress.
- In May 2018, the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) issued a US$150 million or G$30 billion equivalent bond facility, arranged by Republic Bank Limited. The Government guaranteed bond has been issued for a five-year term with a rate of return of 4.75 percent per annum. The funds raised are to be used towards GuySuCo’s capital expenditure and general operations. This is the first type of transaction of its kind in Guyana which signals Guyana’s entry into the capital markets arena.
- There were no new external loans contracted for the first half of 2018.
- At the end of June 2018, Guyana’s stock of public debt amounted to about US$1,631.8 million, less than 1 percent decline compared to the 2017 half-year position. Of the total stock of public debt, external debt amounted to US$1,249.5 million (76.6 percent) whilst domestic debt was about US$382.1 million (23.4 percent).
- The main creditors accounting for the largest share of the external debt portfolio are: IDB (40.5 percent); China EXIM Bank (15.2 percent); and CDB ( 11.9 percent)
- The external disbursing loans represent about 20 percent of the external debt portfolio.
- The entire external debt portfolio is denominated in foreign currency with the US dollar currency being the dominant currency (73 percent) in the portfolio. This foreign currency exposure highlights Guyana’s potential vulnerabilities to solvency and liquidity risks. A depreciation in the Guyana dollar against foreign currencies, in particular, the US dollar will increase debt service payments significantly in Guyana dollar terms.
- Guyana’s public debt portfolio is not highly exposed to refinancing risk, since total short-term debt accounted for about 21 percent of the debt portfolio at end-June 2018. Notably, the domestic debt portfolio has a high level of refinancing risk since the majority (89 percent) of the portfolio consists of Treasury Bills which have a maturity of one (1) year or less.
Public Debt Report, Quarterly Statistics – June 2018