Government clears $1bn legacy debt owed Bulk Oil Distributors

Government has completed payments of all legacy debts owed the Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributors (CBOD), according to the Chamber’s CEO, Senyo Hosi.

A statement issued by the Chamber on Monday [February 10, 2020] said the government made payments to the tune of one billion dollars as of January 13, 2020.

According to the bulk oil distributors, the debt which had accrued for four years; between July 2011 and July 2015, was estimated at $1.43 billion.

But the BDCs agreed to a slash off $432 million, leaving about 1 billion dollars to be cleared via an agreed payment plan with the government.

Breakdown of the debt cut agreed by BDCs and the government

Forex Loss Under Recovery Attribution  USD 55 million
Unconfirmed transactions by BoG  USD 93 million
Interest Rate Haircut on RVF  USD 153 million
Interest Rate Haircut on FLURI  USD 87 million
Delay in Payment of RVF and FLURI from Cut-off Date  USD 44 million

Together with the interest, the amount that had accrued was however capped in March 2018, which means that beyond this point, no new amount was calculated on neither the actual amount nor interest.

The highest of the three components of the debt was the Forex Loss Under-Recovery (FLUR) which refers to the loss incurred by BDCs as a result of the differentials between the forex rates set by the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) for pump prices, and the rates at which FX rates were supplied by the Bank of Ghana on behalf of Government.

This component was 806.25 million dollars.

It was closely followed by Forex Loss Under-Recovery Interest (FLURI) which is the interest accrued on the delayed payments of forex loss under-recoveries; at 99.67 million dollars.

Also, the Real Value Factor which is the interest accrued on the delayed payments of price under-recoveries, stood at 97.16 million dollars.

The payments were done in three forms; cash, Bank of Ghana as well as Energy Sector Levy bonds.

Payment Type Amount
Cash Payments USD444.72mn
Bank of Ghana Bonds USD219.08mn
ESLA Bonds USD339.28mn
Total USD1.003bn