Financial statements

Updated 21 November 2017

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 semiannual financial statements as at 30 September each year.

The BIS balance sheet was SDR 242.2 billion at 31 March 2017.


The size of the BIS balance sheet is in normal circumstances driven by deposits from customers. On 31 March 2017, deposits (excluding repurchase agreements) amounted to SDR 204.4 billion. Around 95% of deposits are denominated in currencies, with the remainder in gold. Currency deposits were SDR 194.4 billion at 31 March 2017. The share of currency deposits denominated in US dollars was 76%, while euro-denominated deposits accounted for 11%. Gold deposits were SDR 9.9 billion at 31 March 2017.


Most of the assets held by the BIS consist of government and quasi-government securities, sight account balances at central banks plus investments (including reverse repurchase agreements) with commercial banks of international standing. In addition, the Bank held 103.2 tonnes of fine gold in its investment portfolio at 31 March 2017. 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.