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Direct Investment In Q1 2020 (Joint Press Release by the Bank of Lithuania and Statistics Lithuania).

The Bank of Lithuania and Statistics Lithuania publishes provisional data on direct investment (DI) for Q1 2020. According to the latest data release:

the flow of foreign direct investment (FDI) in Lithuania over the period under review amounted to €23.5 million, and year on year decreased by 82.7%. The drop was a result of flows in Poland (–€208.9 million) and Hong Kong (–€121.8 million). In Q1 2020, the flow of debt instruments (–€299.9 million) dominated, reducing the volume of FDI flows in Lithuania (see Chart 1). In terms of activity, the largest investment inflows were directed to real estate companies (€107.1 million), while the largest negative flows were recorded at manufacturing companies (–€147.9 million).

FDI income from non-resident investment amounted to €246.1 million, a year-on-year decrease of 28.8% (see Chart 1). Due to reinvestments, the largest share of FDI income was borne by Swedish investors (€101.4 million) and Dutch investors (€95.5 million). Most income was received from investment in financial and insurance (€88.2 million) and wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (€66 million);

cumulative FDI in Lithuania rose by 5.9% over the year and as at 31 March 2020 amounted to €18.3 billion or 37.5% of GDP. FDI per capita amounted to an average of €6,561 (as at 31 March 2019 – €6,199). The largest foreign investors remain Sweden (€3.1 billion), Estonia (€3.1 billion) and the Netherlands (€2.6 billion). The largest share of FDI in Lithuania was financial and insurance activity (€4.7 billion) and manufacturing (€2.9 billion);

the flow of Lithuania’s DI abroad was positive and amounted to €48 million, as a result of increased investment in equity instruments (€36.9 million). The largest investment flows were directed to Cyprus (€39.1 million), while the most was invested in financial and insurance activities (€34.3 million);

DI income earned by Lithuanian investors abroad amounted to €21 million in the period under review. The most income was received from manufacturing (€13.7 million) while by economic activity – from wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (€8 million);

as at 31 March 2020, Lithuania’s cumulative DI abroad stood at €4.2 billion, Lithuania’s DI in EU Member States accounted for 87%, in euro area countries – 74.7% of Lithuania’s total DI abroad. The largest investments were made in Latvia (€932.1 million), Estonia (€709.1 million), the Netherlands (€687.8 million) and Cyprus (€649.6 million) (see Chart 2).

Chart 1. FDI flows in Lithuania 

Chart 2. Accumulated Lithuanian DI abroad

For detailed foreign direct investment data broken down by country and economic activity, see the section Statistics on the Bank of Lithuania’s website. Information about direct investment is also presented in the section Official Statistics Portal of Statistics Lithuania.

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