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  1. HSBC anticipates a lighter bad-debt burden

    Posted Aug 06th 2003, 12:00am by Christine Chan

    ... Bad-debt provisions at the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corp (Hongkong Bank) could come down in the second half of the year, according to the bank's chief executive, Aman Mehta. The bank, the Hong Kong flagship of HSBC Holdings, reported on Monday that its bad and doubtful debt charges surged 88.51 per cent year on year to HK$2.41 billion in the first six months, due ...

  2. Zhu Kuan returns to debt talks

    Posted Aug 30th 2003, 12:00am by Christine Chan, Jane Moir

    ... on their debt. This is an increase from the previous 18 cents offered. However, this is still half the original offer made last summer which would have amounted to about 40 cents, according to sources ...

  3. SK Global HK acts to block debt order

    Posted Jul 18th 2003, 12:00am by Christine Chan, Jane Moir

    ... to prevent Credit Lyonnais from enforcing an US$8 million debt, the latest salvo in a tug-of-war over the fate of the South Korean trading firm. The company insisted the move was to ensure Credit ... only 1 per cent of the foreign debt, it's difficult for me to buy this explanation. In my opinion, it's more related to what is going on in Seoul. 'There's also a threat ...

  4. Cheung Kong launches bonds

    Posted Oct 15th 2003, 12:00am by Christine Chan

    ... Its $10 billion two-year programme, the first of its type in Asia, is expected to kick-start Hong Kong's debt market Cheung Kong (Holdings) yesterday launched its much-vaunted HK$10 ... of cheap money in the debt market. It is Cheung Kong's latest financial innovation after the launch of its real estate investment trust in Singapore in August. Market watchers expect the move ...

  5. Ford Credit issue points to rise of HK market for retail bonds

    Posted Sep 25th 2003, 12:00am by Christine Chan

    ... The rise of retail debt products in Hong Kong has picked up steam, with a United States car-financing giant becoming the first to launch a local retail bond. Led by Standard Chartered ... despite being a frequent issuer in the US and Europe. It said it was lured by the market's diversity and maturity. In Hong Kong, long dominated by issues targeting institutions, retail debt ...

  6. Canto bond hopes for runaway success in a world of copycats

    Posted Oct 03rd 2003, 12:00am by Christine Chan

    ... of debt capital markets at Standard Chartered. 'In addition to yankee bonds and samurai bonds, the world now has another brand new bond. 'We have yet to think about copyright issues, but we definitely hope this will be the standard for future foreign issuers in the local retail debt market.' Mr Yiu hopes canto bonds will be associated with Hong Kong's financial ...

  7. BOCHK profit declines 11.8pc

    Posted Sep 06th 2003, 12:00am by Christine Chan

    ... A heavy charge for bad debt has hurt revenue at Hong Kong No2 banking group but asset quality has improved A hefty $2.89 billion charge for bad debt and property revaluation took its toll ... per cent last June, while its net charges for bad and doubtful debts dropped 5.5 per cent to $1.66 billion. Vice-chairman and chief executive He Guangbei predicted the bank's NPL ratio ...

  8. BOCHK among largest of Zhu Kuan's creditor banks

    Posted Jul 23rd 2003, 12:00am by Christine Chan, Jane Moir

    ... if the offer is not revised. A Zhu Kuan debt-restructuring executive said BOCHK was one of its largest creditor banks, but did not give the amount of exposure. Industry sources said most ... billion debt restructuring for Guangdong Enterprises (Holdings) - the largest in Hong Kong's history. The Zhu Kuan creditors had demanded 45 cents on a dollar back but had yet to receive ...

  9. Rating revision lifts US$1.5b bond plan

    Posted Oct 14th 2003, 12:00am by Christine Chan

    ... the government bond issue would be big enough to provide a benchmark yield curve for mainland companies wanting to issue debt in global markets. The issue is also a litmus test of investor confidence ... external creditor status, this underpinned a strong and improving capacity to service sovereign external debt. However, these positives would be mitigated by concerns over medium-term risks ...

  10. China steps closer to sovereign bond debut

    Posted Sep 26th 2003, 12:00am by Christine Chan

    ... is not short of cash, and the bond issue is seen as a benchmark exercise to set a yield curve for firms keen to tap overseas debt markets. Debt market experts said US$1 billion to $2 billion ...




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