Muscat: A tender of Government Treasury Bills, issue number 527, worth RO48mn was announced this week.
The Treasury Bills are short-term highly secured financial instruments issued by the Ministry of Finance, and they provide licensed commercial banks the opportunity to invest their surplus funds.
The Central Bank of Oman (CBO) acts as the Issue Manager and provides the added advantage of ready liquidity through discounting and repurchase facilities (Repo).
The results of the said issue are as follows: The total value of the allotted Treasury bills amounted to RO48 million, for a maturity period of 91 days, from 11 November 2020 until 10 February 2021.
The average accepted price reached 99.800 for every RO100, and the minimum accepted price arrived at 99.800 per RO100.
The average discount rate and the average yield reached 0.80094 per cent and 0.80255 per cent, respectively.
It should be noted that the interest rate on the Repo operations with CBO is 0.5 per cent while the discount rate on the Treasury Bills Discounting Facility with CBO is 1 per cent.
Furthermore, Treasury Bills promote the local money market by creating a benchmark yield curve for short-term interest rates. Additionally, the Government may also resort to this instrument whenever felt necessary for financing its recurrent expenditures.