17.03.20
Special press release concerning issuance of Government securities

In view of recent events relating to the COVID–19 pandemic, it is foreseeable that the Treasury’s financing need will increase markedly from previous forecasts. The economic outlook for coming months is highly uncertain, and it is therefore difficult to estimate the Treasury’s borrowing need for the current year. It is also uncertain how much of that need will be for short-term borrowing and how much for long-term borrowing.

In view of recent events relating to the COVID–19 pandemic, it is foreseeable that the Treasury’s financing need will increase markedly from previous forecasts. The economic outlook for coming months is highly uncertain, and it is therefore difficult to estimate the Treasury’s borrowing need for the current year. It is also uncertain how much of that need will be for short-term borrowing and how much for long-term borrowing.

It should be noted that Iceland’s Government debt level is low. Total debt amounts to about 854 b.kr., or roughly 27.5% of GDP. No domestic issues are scheduled to mature for the remainder of 2020, and foreign maturities total only 292 million euros (45 b.kr.), due in July.

The Treasury can obtain market financing in a number of ways. It can issue more bonds in the domestic market, as issuance according to the 2020 calendar is at a historical low of about 40 b.kr. It can also issue bonds abroad. Moreover, the Treasury can address a deteriorating cash position by issuing Treasury bills or taking short-term money market loans. The Treasury’s liquidity position in Icelandic krónur currently totals 44 b.kr. Finally, the Treasury holds the equivalent of 169 b.kr. in foreign currency deposits with the Central Bank. Its position is therefore sound, and there is no reason to fear that the Treasury will be unable to handle the expected fall in revenues and increased financing need in the weeks and months to come if such expectations should materialise.

Revision of Q2/2020 issuance

  • It has been decided to increase Treasury bond issuance in Q2/2020 to a maximum of 40 b.kr. Further details will be published in the Quarterly Government Debt Management Prospect at the end of this month. This means that issuance for the year will increase substantially relative to the previously published annual Prospect.

It is difficult at present to estimate the total need for Treasury issuance in 2020. Before decisions can be made, more detailed information on the Treasury’s borrowing need is needed. The situation will be clarified in the coming weeks and months.

Further information can be obtained from Esther Finnbogadóttir at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, at tel +354 545 9200, and from Björgvin Sighvatsson at Government Debt Management, at tel +354 569 9600.

Press release (pdf)

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Treasury Bond Auction Announcement - Exchange Auction - RIKB 22 1026
Series RIKB 22 1026
ISIN IS0000020717
Maturity Date 10/26/2022
Auction Date 03/05/2021
Settlement Date 03/10/2021
 
Buyback issue RIKB 21 0805
Buyback price (clean) 100.9500

On the Auction Date, between 13:30 a.m. and 14:00 a.m., the Government Debt Management will auction Treasury bonds in the Series, with the ISIN number and with the Maturity Date according to the table above.Payments for the Treasury Bonds must be received by the Central Bank before 14:00 on the Settlement Date, and the Bonds will be delivered in electronic form on the same day.

The value of the buyback issue, together with accrued interest and indexation, will constitute payment for the new issued bonds.

No special compensation is paid in relations to purchase of RIKB 21 0805

It should be noted that cash is not accepted. Payment may only be made with the buyback issue at the buyback price.

For further information, please refer to the Government Debt Management website, i.e. for the description of the Treasury bond and the General Terms of Auction of Treasury Bonds.

For additional information please contact Oddgeir Gunnarsson, Government Debt Management, at +354 569 9635.

Treasury Bond Auction Announcement - Exchange Auction - RIKS 26 0216 - RIKS 33 0321
Series RIKS 26 0216 RIKS 33 0321
ISIN IS0000030732 IS0000021251
Maturity Date 02/16/2026 03/21/2033
Auction Date 03/05/2021 03/05/2021
Settlement Date 03/10/2021 03/10/2021
 
Buyback issue RIKS 21 0414  
Buyback price (clean) 100.4500  

On the Auction Date, between 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., the Government Debt Management will auction Treasury bonds in the Series, with the ISIN numbers and with the Maturity Dates according to the table above. Payments for the Treasury Bonds must be received by the Central Bank before 14:00 on the Settlement Date, and the Bonds will be delivered in electronic form on the same day.

The value of the buyback issue, together with accrued interest and indexation, will constitute payment for the new issued bonds.

No special compensation is paid in relations to purchase of RIKS 21 0414

It should be noted that cash is not accepted. Payment may only be made with the buyback issue at the buyback price.

For further information, please refer to the Government Debt Management website, i.e. for the description of the Treasury bond and the General Terms of Auction of Treasury Bonds.

For additional information please contact Oddgeir Gunnarsson, Government Debt Management, at +354 569 9635.