Financial statements

Last update 28 June 2015

The BIS publishes audited annual financial statements as at 31 March each year in its Annual Report, which provides a comprehensive overview and analysis of the Bank's balance sheet and profit and loss account, together with other financial, capital adequacy and risk management disclosures in line with international accounting frameworks. It also publishes unaudited semi-annual financial statements as at 30 September each year.

The BIS balance sheet was SDR 216.8 billion at 31 March 2015.


The size of the BIS balance sheet is in normal circumstances driven by deposits from customers. On 31 March 2015, deposits (excluding repurchase agreements) amounted to SDR 186.7 billion. Around 95% of deposits are denominated in currencies, with the remainder in gold. Currency deposits were SDR 176.8 billion at 31 March 2015. The share of currency deposits denominated in US dollars was 74%, while euro-denominated deposits accounted for 13%. Gold deposits were SDR 9.9 billion at 31 March 2015.


Most of the assets held by the BIS consist of government and quasi-government securities plus investments (including reverse repurchase agreements) with commercial banks of international standing. In addition, the Bank held 108 tonnes of fine gold in its investment portfolio at 31 March 2015. The Bank's credit exposure is managed in a conservative manner, with most of it rated no lower than A-.

Statement of Account

The Statement of Account gives a current overview of the Bank's assets, liabilities and equity. It is produced monthly, as required by Article 49 of the Bank's Statutes.