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Bangladesh Bank renews Sri Lanka forex loan by three months

The Prime Ministers of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are given a Guard of Honour

ECONOMYNEXT – The Bangladesh Bank (BB) has extended validity of the 200 million US dollar credit facility it extended to Sri Lanka by three months after the expiry of its first three-month tenure, the Dhaka-based New Age reported.

The loan facility has been renewed following a request from the island nation, New Age quoted a senior BB official as saying on Sunday (26).

The forex-rich Bangladesh extended the credit facility amounting to $200 million under a currency swap deal with Sri Lanka, to be delivered in three tranches as follows: 50 million US dollars on August 19, 100 million dollars on August 30, and the final 50 million dollars on September 21.

As per the agreement, Bangladesh would receive 2 per cent plus LIBOR (London Inter-Bank Offered Rate) as interest on the credit amount. If the instalment principal remains unpaid even after six months, the applicable interest would be 2.5 per cent plus LIBOR, New Age reported.

“Our assessment is that the Sri Lanka would use the fund for at least nine months,” the publication quoted the BB official as saying.

The currency swap initiative was taken after Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to Bangladesh to join the celebrations of the golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence and received the BB’s approval in May.

The island nation also received another 787 million US dollars from the International Monetary Fund’s special drawing rights (SDR) allocation to boost its reserves in September.

While Sri Lanka’s forex reserves plummeted, Bangladesh’s reserves stood at 46.3 billion US dollars after hitting a record high of 48 billion from around 33 billion one and a half year ago, according to New Age. (Colombo/Dec28/2021)

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Sri Lanka sells 2028 bonds at 14.52-pct

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka sold all offered bonds in 2026 and 2028 maturities raising 220 billion rupees from an auction Monday, data from the state debt office showed.

The debt office sold 135 billion rupees of 1 June 2026 bonds to yield 15.64 percent.

Another 85 billion rupees in 01 July 2028 bonds were sold to yield 14.52 percent.

The 2028 bond is offered on tap at the weighted average yield. (Colombo/Sept25/2023)

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Sri Lanka’s stocks end down on Monday after slow day of trading

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka shares were down at close of trading on Monday.

Turnover was 550 million rupees.

The main All Share Price Index was down 0.36 percent or 40.02 points to 11,216.50, while the S&P SL20 was down 0.44 percent or 14.07 points to 3,164.52.

Trading in the Capital Goods Industry (174,037,134) drove turnover.

Commercial Bank, Expolanka Holdings, and Aitken Spence plc saw losses, while National Development Bank, John Keells Holdings and Melstacorp saw gains in the day’s trading.

The market saw a net foreign inflow of 13 million rupees, while the yearly net foreign inflow was 429 million rupees. (Colombo/Sep25/2023)

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Sri Lanka rupee closes at 324.75/324.90 to the US dollar

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s rupee closed at 324.75/90 to the US dollar on Monday, from Friday’s close at 324.70/325.00 dealers said.

Bond yields were up.

A bond maturing on 01.07.2025 closed up at 15.55/15.70 percent on Monday, after closing at 14.95/15.30 percent on Friday.

A bond maturing on 01.08.2026 closed up at 15.50/15.65 percent up from 14.95/15.10 percent.

A bond maturing on 15.09.2027 closed up at 14.75/15.50 percent from 14.55/15.00 percent.

A bond maturing on 01.05.2028 closed up at 14.25/14.60 from 14.00/14.30 percent.

A bond maturing on 15.05.2030 closed stable at 13.00/13.50.

A bond maturing on 01.07.2032 closed at 12.95/13.45 percent from 13.00/13.45 percent. (Colombo/Sept25/2023)

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