Government Financial Statements, 10 Months to 30/04/17
6 June 2017
Embargoed until 10.00am, Tuesday 6 June 2017
Paul Helm, Chief Government Accountant
Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand for the ten months ended 30 April 2017
The Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand for the ten months ended 30 April 2017 were released by the Treasury today. The statements are compared against forecasts based on the 2017 Budget Economic and Fiscal Update (BEFU) published on 25 May 2017.
Core Crown tax revenue was $1.2 billion (2.0%) higher than forecast for the ten months ended 30 April 2017 and $5.0 billion (8.8%) higher compared to the same period last year. Corporate tax was the largest driver of increased tax revenue against forecast, being $1.1 billion above forecast. The corporate tax forecast was based on an assumption that the annual peak in provisional tax assessments and estimates processing would occur in May. However this year, the peak occurred in April. Therefore, most of this variance is short term and expected to reverse in May.
Core Crown expenses at $62.7 billion were $391 million (0.6%) lower than forecast, with impairment of tax receivables less than forecast, and lower than forecast year to date payments to Crown Entities.
The OBEGAL was a surplus of $2.5 billion for the ten months to 30 April 2017, compared to a forecast surplus of $1.0 billion. This favourable variance of $1.5 billion was largely due to the higher than forecast core Crown tax revenue and lower than forecast core Crown expenses discussed above.
Net gains at $9.1 billion, were $599 million higher than forecast. This result primarily related to higher than forecast investment returns on the Crown’s investment portfolios, partially off-set by lower than expected actuarial gains (mostly reflecting a lower discount rate used to convert future cash into present day dollars). Net gains, combined with the OBEGAL surplus, resulted in an operating balance surplus of $11.9 billion ($2.1 billion higher than forecast).
Net worth attributable to the Crown was $102.6 billion, $2.2 billion ahead of forecast for the ten months ended 30 April 2017. This is primarily attributable to the operating balance result.
Core Crown residual cash was $670 million higher than forecast with core Crown tax receipts ahead of forecast and timing of capital spending.
Directly impacted by the residual cash results, and an increase in circulated currency issued, core Crown net debt at $62.8 billion (24.0% of GDP) was $1.2 billion lower than forecast.
Gross debt was $1.2 billion higher than forecast, largely as a result of unsettled trades at month end and an increase in the value of derivative liabilities. The unsettled trades were settled in early May and it is expected that the gross debt variance will largely reverse in the coming month.