Profits on foreign investment increased to $1.6 billion in 11 months

Profits on foreign investment

The total profits and dividend outflows raised $1.6 billion during the 11 months of the present financial year (11MFY22), showing that foreign investment in Pakistan yields good profits in spite of political and economic uncertainties.

According to the State Bank of Pakistan data, the high economic growth of around 5.87 percent in FY22 yields good profits to overseas investors. During the same period, last year, the total profit outflow was $1.496 billion. It also showed a good profit because of greater economic growth of 5.6 percent in FY21.

Foreign direct investment inflows amounted to $1.6 billion in FY22, a drop of 5 percent from the last fiscal year. The profit outflow, however, was the same at $1.6 bilion during the same period.

The data further sho­w­ed that during July-May FY22, profits and dividends only on foreign direct investment (FDI) were $1,447.2 million against $1,382 million in the corresponding period last year.

The highest outflow during the reviewed period was from financial businesses (banks), about $269.3 million, but was lower than the last year’s outflow of $318 million. Banks have been generating huge profits for the past many years, which appealed to the new government’s attention for a tax raise along with the super tax.

Moreover, the thermal power sector was the real profit maker, which remitted $187.8 million out of the country during this period against just $30.9 million. It is expected that the increased price of electricity would produce more profits next year, which begins on July 1. Meanwhile, the impact of growing oil and gas prices on electricity prices is much greater.

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 The profit outflow of the food sector was $152.7 million against $230.6 million in the corresponding period of last year.

SBP further reported that the outflow from oil and gas exploration improved to $146.2 million against $108.2 million last year. Profits from the chemical sector increased to $116 million against 110.7 million last year.

Conversely, the profit outflow from the transport sector declined to $95.1 million as compared to $131.6 million a year ago. The outflow from the cigarette and tobacco sectors also decreased to $79.3 million as compared to $123 million the previous year.

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