Foreign direct investments (FDI) continued to post net inflows amounting to US$874 million in April 2017 as all FDI components registered positive balances during the month. This, however, was 61.1 percent lower than the level recorded in the same period last year. 1,2 Net equity capital investments reached US$70 million from US$825 million in April 2016. Gross equity capital placements of US$84 million, which exceeded withdrawals of US$14 million in April 2017, were channeled mainly to real estate; financial and insurance; electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply; manufacturing; and human health and social work activities. The bulk of these equity capital placements during the period emanated largely from the United States, Japan, Singapore, France, and Hong Kong. Investments in debt instruments (consisting mainly of intercompany borrowings/lending between foreign direct investors and their subsidiaries/affiliates in the Philippines) also declined to US$723 million from US$1.3 billion last year. Meanwhile, reinvestment of earnings increased by 9.3 percent to US$81 million during the month.

On a year-to-date basis, FDI for the first four months of 2017 likewise recorded net inflows of US$2.4 billion on the back of continued investor confidence in the country's sound macroeconomic fundamentals. The level, however, was lower by 32 percent compared to the US$3.6 billion posted a year ago following the decline in net equity capital investments to US$170 million from US$1.4 billion in January-April 2016.3 Equity capital placements during the period were sourced mainly from Japan, the United States, Singapore, Hong Kong and Germany. These were invested mainly in real estate; financial and insurance; wholesale and retail trade; manufacturing; and electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply activities. Meanwhile, net investments in debt instruments grew moderately by 2 percent to reach US$2 billion. Reinvestment of earnings reached US$274 million, higher by 7.5 percent than the US$255 million recorded in the same period last year.

Source: Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)