CBN Sells Treasury Bills at 21.49% in Quest for Hot Money to Firm Naira

March 7, 2024
Treasury Bills CBN Sold

By Dipo Olowookere

Nigerian treasury bills were offered to investors at a stop rate as high as 21.49 per cent by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) at the primary market on Wednesday.

The central bank sold the short-term debt instrument at such rate in its quest for hot money, especially from foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) in a bid to stabilise the foreign exchange (FX) market and strengthen the Naira, which has been on a free fall lately due to a shortage in the supply of forex.

Last week, the apex bank raised the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) by 4.00 per cent to 22.75 per cent in an attempt to curb the red-hot inflation and reduce excess liquidity in the financial system.

With inflation at 29.90 per cent, it was evident that the interest rates of government securities would be slightly hiked to near the MPR and it was not surprising yesterday that CBN sold the one-year T-bills at 21.49 per cent.

Analysis of the exercise showed that the bank took to the market N312.9 billion worth of the 364-day paper for sale, but received bids valued at N1.5 trillion from investors, indicating their confidence in the ability of the government to repay at maturity.

It was observed that at the close of auction, the central bank allotted N1.3 trillion to successful subscribers at 21.49 per cent after the range of bids was between 17.00 per cent and 27.00 per cent.

The 12-month bill was not the only tenor the CBN offered for sale yesterday as it also auctioned the 91-day and 182-day instruments.

Business Post reports that N10.6 billion worth of the six-month maturity was offered for sale during the exercise but because of its attractive rate, it was oversubscribed by the participants.

Details showed that subscriptions valued N51.5 billion at were received by the apex bank for this tenor, with the range of bids between 14.00 per cent and 22.00 per cent.

However, the bank cleared the stop rate at 18.00 per cent after allotting N10.6 billion to successful bidders. The allocation is today.

As for the 91-day paper, the central bank offered for sale N14.4 billion yesterday and like the two other tenors, it was oversubscribed by investors, receiving bids worth N66.6 billion, with the range of bids between 15.90 per cent and 22.00 per cent.

However, the central bank only sold the amount it intended to sell during the PMA, N14.4 billion at a stop rate of 17.24 per cent.

From the details of the treasury bills sales on Wednesday, the CBN took to the primary market N337.9 billion worth of the instrument, but received bids valued at N1.7 trillion, showing a strong appetite for the bills, and allotted N1.3 trillion to investors.

Dipo Olowookere

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan.

Mr Olowookere can be reached via [email protected]

Leave a Reply

deposit old Naira notes
Previous Story

Naira Extends Loss, Trades N1,605/$1 at Official Market

Nigeria's unlisted securities
Next Story

Unlisted Securities Fall 1.14% at Midweek as Traders Offload Aradel Stocks

Latest from Economy

Prop Trading FXCI

Prop Trading Success

In the fast-paced and competitive world of finance, the path to success in proprietary trading can often be elusive. However, by implementing a few

Don't Miss