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Iran sells over $200 mln worth of bonds in weekly auction

A weekly debt auction by the CBI and the Iranian finance ministry has generated over $200 million.

The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) says bond auctions it usually holds on a weekly basis has generated more than $200 million for the week ending on Tuesday, a boost to government efforts to cover a budget deficit that is set to increase because of the economic costs of the coronavirus pandemic.

“In total, 45.2 trillion rials worth of government debt bonds were purchased in the current week by banks, financial entities and other investors,” said a CBI statement issued on Tuesday.

CBI announcements on weekly bond auctions usually updates data on sell-offs and the amount of bonds on offer for a next round of auction.

The auctions is part of government efforts to shore up finances through various financial and banking schemes as it feels the impacts of lower economic activity in the country as a result of the spread of coronavirus.

The Tuesday statement said that private and government-run banks were responsible for nearly 25 percent of purchases over the past week.

Bonds sold since last Tuesday had yield rates of up to 21.5 percent, said the CBI, adding that the ministry of finance had contributed to 25.5 trillion rials (nearly $116 million) worth of revenues gained from the debts.

It said the bonds had been offered either through an interbank system that is run by the CBI or in the Tehran Stock Exchange where trade has rebounded after a brief plunge seen in recent days.

The CBI statement did not mention the amount of bonds on offer for a 13th round of auction planned for the week starting Tuesday.

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