Dip in Indonesia economy has just been registered in 2Q20 at its sharpest pace since 1999 where in 1Q99 it grew by -6.13% YoY right after Asian Financial Crisis and political turmoil in 1998.
The low era of inflation is associated with current unusual situation where households tend to save more in order to avoid uncertainty in the near future due to the pandemic.
Better than our and consensus estimates, trade performance in Jun-20 displayed big improvement where exports showed up with the first expansion in last 4 months.
Statistics Indonesia (BPS) recorded low inflation in Jun-20. The biggest contributor of inflation came from food, beverage and tobacco basket. On inflation components, chicken contributed the most as it brought 0.14% to total inflation.
Looking at the smaller trade deficit compared to 2018 and 2019 and the relaxation of PSBB, the trade performance will be getting better when other countries as our key trade peers recover from Covid-19.
We expect JCI to encounter another selling pressure in 3Q20, as the real extent of economic and corporate earnings impacts of Covid-19 become manifest with the release of 2Q20 earnings and GDP figure starting in July 2020.
In a bid to revive the stuttering economy, Indonesian officials have planned to economic reopening in stages starting from June with some health protocols remaining in place.
As Covid-19 pandemic hits on every sector, it brought significant impact to financial account it swung to a deficit of USD2.93 bn due to the capital flight amid pandemic compared to surplus of USD9.86 bn in 1Q19.
Trade performance in 2018 and 2019 were way worse than Jan-Apr 2020 performance. This could be a signal of 2020 weaker global demand of Indonesia’s export, supported by the lower inflation of OECD member states with lower trend ahead.