T-bills auction: Government misses ambitious target by 15.9%; interest rates surge
Government missed its Treasury bills target by about 15.9%, following an ambitious target of ¢3.33 billion for the auction.
Interest rates, however, continued to surge, despite financing assurance to Ghana’s Creditor Committee under the G20 Common Framework.
According to auction results, the government secured ¢2.80 billion from the sale of the short-term securities.
Chunk of the bids came from the 91-day T-bill as a little above ¢2.31 billion were tendered. The government, however, accepted about 99% of the bids.
For the 182-day T-bill, the government got ¢355.2 million, whilst it received ¢116.60 million from the 364-day T-bill. It accepted all the bids for both securities
The government had set an ambitious target to primarily resettle maturities worth ¢3.33 billion and use the rest to pay coupon payments of pension bondholders.
Meanwhile, interest rates surged marginally on the yield curve.
Whilst, the yield on the 91-day T-bill went up to 20.43%, from 20.25% that of the 182-day bill also inched up by 0.14% to 22.96%.
The rate for the 364-day bill stood at 27.59%.
Presently, the treasury market is the only source of borrowing for the government.
|Securities||Bids Tendered (GH¢)||Bids Accepted (GH¢)|
|91 Day Bill||2.311 billion||2.310|
|182 Day Bill||355.26||355.26|
|364 Day Bill||115.60||115.60|
|Total||2.802 billion||2.781 billion|
Source: Ghana News