CBN cuts TB rate again as oversubscription hits 355%

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Average interest rate on treasury bills fell to 3.66 per cent last week following the decision of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, to reduce the stop rate on one-year treasury bills, for the second time this year, as investors’ demand exceeded the supply by 391 per cent.

Financial analysis of the Nigeria Treasury Bills, NTB, auction conducted by the CBN last week, on behalf of the Federal Government, FG, showed that the apex bank offered N98 billion worth of bills, down by 32 per cent from the N129.3 billion offered in the last auction.

Investors demand (total subscription), also dropped slightly to N446.3 billion, from N475.6 billion in the last auction, resulting in oversubscription of 355 per cent, up from 269 per cent oversubscription recorded in the last auction held in January.

Further analysis showed that while the 91-Days bills and 182-Days bills recorded under-subscriptions of 47 per cent and 30 per cent respectively, the 364-Days bills recorded over-subscription of 391 per cent, with total subscription of N441.5 billion as against the N90 billion offered by the apex bank.