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Media Statement Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand for the Three Months Ended 30 September 2011

10 Nov 2011

Fergus Welsh
Chief Financial Officer

The Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand for the Three Months Ended 30 September 2011 were released by the Treasury today.

The monthly financial statements are compared against monthly forecast tracks based on the 2011 Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update (PREFU) published on 25 October 2011.

For the first three months of the financial year the operating balance before gains and losses deficit was $2.5 billion, which was $210 million greater than expected. 

The key driver of this difference was core Crown tax revenue, which at $13.0 billion was $301 million (2.3%) lower than forecast.  The main variances were as follows:

  • GST revenue was $154m (4.2%) below forecast
  • other individuals’ tax was $85m (13.2%) below forecast, and
  • corporate tax was $63m (3.2%) below forecast.

Monthly flows of tax revenue can be quite volatile.  With only one month of new data since completing the PREFU forecasts it is likely this volatility will reduce in the coming months.  For example, since completing the PREFU forecasts there have been a range of corporate profit announcements, both positive and negative.

The operating balance deficit was close to forecast at $7.0 billion.  This included forecast losses on the valuation of long term liabilities of the GSF and ACC ($1.9 billion) and losses on investment portfolios ($2.7 billion).  We have forecast for these investment losses to reverse during the year but returns on global equity markets are currently volatile.

 

Year to date Full Year
$ million September
2011
Actual1
September
2011
PREFU
Forecast1
Variance
to PREFU
$m
Variance
to PREFU
%
June 2012
PREFU
Forecast2
Core Crown




Core Crown tax revenue 13,026 13,327 (301) (2.3) 55,451
Core Crown expenses 17,267 17,382 115 0.7 74,460
Core Crown residual cash (4,491) (4,651) 160 3.4 (13,636)
Gross debt3 76,278 76,589 311 0.4 79,779
as a percentage of GDP 38.1% 38.2%     37.7%
Net debt4 45,247 45,709 462 1.0 53,823
as a percentage of GDP 22.6% 22.8%     25.4%
Total Crown        
Operating balance before gains and losses (2,480) (2,270) (210) (9.3) (10,809)
Operating balance (6,996) (6,984) (12) (0.2) (12,601)
Net worth 73,916 73,877 39 0.1 68,282

1 Using GDP for the year ended 30 June 2011 of $200,291 million (Source: Statistics New Zealand)

2 Using forecast GDP for the year ended 30 June 2012 of $211,773 million (Source: Treasury)

3 Gross sovereign-issued debt excluding settlement cash and Reserve Bank bills

4 Net core Crown debt excluding student loans and other advances

ENDS

 

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