Consolidated financial statement of the Eurosystem as at 31 August 2012

4 September 2012

Items not related to monetary policy operations

In the week ending 31 August 2012, the decrease of EUR 1 million in gold and gold receivables (asset item 1) reflected the sale of gold coin by one Eurosystem central bank.

The net position of the Eurosystem in foreign currency (asset items 2 and 3 minus liability items 7, 8 and 9) decreased by EUR 2.1 billion to EUR 241.9 billion on account of customer and portfolio transactions and US dollar liquidity-providing operations (see below).

US dollar liquidity operations

Value date Type of transaction Maturing amount New amount
30 August 2012 7-day US dollar liquidity-providing reverse transaction USD 8.5 billion USD 6.2 billion

The liquidity-providing transactions were conducted by the Eurosystem in connection with the temporary reciprocal currency arrangement (swap line) that the European Central Bank has with the Federal Reserve System.

The holdings by the Eurosystem of marketable securities other than those held for monetary policy purposes (asset item 7.2) decreased by EUR 0.5 billion to EUR 320.3 billion. Banknotes in circulation (liability item 1) rose by EUR 0.6 billion to EUR 896.4 billion. Liabilities to general government (liability item 5.1) decreased by EUR 35.9 billion to EUR 88.3 billion.

Items related to monetary policy operations

The Eurosystem’s net lending to credit institutions (asset item 5 minus liability items 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5 and 4) decreased by EUR 12.6 billion to EUR 652.3 billion. On Wednesday, 29 August 2012, a main refinancing operation of EUR 131.2 billion matured and a new one of EUR 131.5 billion was settled. On the same day, fixed-term deposits in an amount of EUR 211.5 billion matured and new deposits were collected in the amount of EUR 209 billion, with a maturity of one week. On Thursday, 30 August 2012, a longer-term refinancing operation of EUR 8.3 billion matured and a new one of EUR 9.7 billion was settled.

Recourse to the marginal lending facility (asset item 5.5) was EUR 0.6 billion (compared with EUR 0.7 billion in the previous week), while recourse to the deposit facility (liability item 2.2) was EUR 346 billion (compared with EUR 329.3 billion in the preceding week).

The holdings by the Eurosystem of securities held for monetary policy purposes (asset item 7.1) increased by EUR 0.2 billion to EUR 279 billion. This increase was due to the purchases of securities under the second covered bond purchase programme. Therefore, in the week ending 31 August 2012, the value of accumulated purchases under the Securities Markets Programme amounted to EUR 208.8 billion, while the values of the portfolios held under the first and second covered bond purchase programmes totalled EUR 54.9 billion and EUR 15.3 billion respectively. All three portfolios are accounted for on a held-to-maturity basis.

Current accounts of euro area credit institutions

As a result of all transactions, the current account position of credit institutions with the Eurosystem (liability item 2.1) increased by EUR 15.5 billion to EUR 541 billion.

Assets (EUR millions) Balance Difference compared with last week due to transactions
Totals/sub-totals may not add up, due to rounding
1 Gold and gold receivables 433,778 −1
2 Claims on non-euro area residents denominated in foreign currency 262,946 552
2.1 Receivables from the IMF 91,082 −6
2.2 Balances with banks and security investments, external loans and other external assets 171,864 558
3 Claims on euro area residents denominated in foreign currency 49,048 −1,557
4 Claims on non-euro area residents denominated in euro 19,172 1,125
4.1 Balances with banks, security investments and loans 19,172 1,125
4.2 Claims arising from the credit facility under ERM II 0 0
5 Lending to euro area credit institutions related to monetary policy operations denominated in euro 1,209,827 1,592
5.1 Main refinancing operations 131,484 239
5.2 Longer-term refinancing operations 1,077,721 1,441
5.3 Fine-tuning reverse operations 0 0
5.4 Structural reverse operations 0 0
5.5 Marginal lending facility 590 −86
5.6 Credits related to margin calls 32 −1
6 Other claims on euro area credit institutions denominated in euro 218,803 3,760
7 Securities of euro area residents denominated in euro 599,298 −316
7.1 Securities held for monetary policy purposes 279,038 169
7.2 Other securities 320,259 −485
8 General government debt denominated in euro 30,041 0
9 Other assets 261,857 −837
Total assets 3,084,769 4,317
Liabilities (EUR millions) Balance Difference compared with last week due to transactions
Totals/sub-totals may not add up, due to rounding
1 Banknotes in circulation 896,434 561
2 Liabilities to euro area credit institutions related to monetary policy operations denominated in euro 1,098,605 29,756
2.1 Current accounts (covering the minimum reserve system) 541,046 15,549
2.2 Deposit facility 345,956 16,609
2.3 Fixed-term deposits 209,000 −2,500
2.4 Fine-tuning reverse operations 0 0
2.5 Deposits related to margin calls 2,603 98
3 Other liabilities to euro area credit institutions denominated in euro 4,549 5
4 Debt certificates issued 0 0
5 Liabilities to other euro area residents denominated in euro 110,410 −35,885
5.1 General government 88,286 −35,867
5.2 Other liabilities 22,124 −18
6 Liabilities to non-euro area residents denominated in euro 177,863 6,548
7 Liabilities to euro area residents denominated in foreign currency 6,205 2,030
8 Liabilities to non-euro area residents denominated in foreign currency 7,024 −893
8.1 Deposits, balances and other liabilities 7,024 −893
8.2 Liabilities arising from the credit facility under ERM II 0 0
9 Counterpart of special drawing rights allocated by the IMF 56,886 0
10 Other liabilities 231,206 2,195
11 Revaluation accounts 409,840 −1
12 Capital and reserves 85,750 0
Total liabilities 3,084,769 4,317

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