Monthly Report of the State’s Financial Administration Accounts – December 2019

In its monthly follow-up report for the State’s Financial Administration until the end of December 2019 (as published on its website), the Ministry of Finance indicates that total realized revenues until the end of the 9th month of the current Fiscal Year 2019/2020 scored KD 12.676 billion, which is 80.2% of the total estimated revenues for the entire fiscal year in the amount of about KD 15.812 billion.

In details, actual oil revenues until 31/12/2019 were at KD 11.588 billion, i.e. 83.6% of the estimated oil revenues for the entire current fiscal year in the amount of KD 13.863 billion, or about 91.4% of total collected revenues. The average Kuwaiti oil price for the first nine months of the current fiscal year 2019/2020 scored US$ 64.7 per barrel. An amount of KD 1.088 billion was collected from non-oil revenues during the same period, a monthly average of KD 120.882 million, while the total estimated amount for the entire current fiscal year was about KD 1.948 billion. This means that the realized amount if it continues at the monthly average, will be less for the entire current fiscal year by nearly KD 498 million than the estimated.

Expenditures allocations for the current fiscal year were estimated at approximately KD 22.5 billion, of which an amount of KD 10.986 billion has been actually spent according to the bulletin until 31/12/2019.  An amount of KD 1.505 billion has been obligated and considered as spent, raising the total expenditures -the actual and the obligated- to KD 12.491 billion. The monthly average of the actual expenditures and the obligated is nearly KD 1.388 billion.Though the bulletin concludes that the budget achieved at the end of the 9th month of the current fiscal year a KD 184.479 million surplus before deducting the 10% of total revenues to the favor of the Future Generations Reserve, we publish it without recommending relying on it and taking into account that the monthly spending average will increase significantly by the end of the fiscal year. The surplus or the deficit figure by the end of the fiscal year relies mainly on oil prices and production volume in the remaining 3 months of the fiscal year, and the deficit may rise further if the actual expenditures increase more than the estimated allocation expenditures and that was a precedent that occurred in the previous fiscal year.