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  1. Minsheng Bank to focus on credit risks as bad-debt provisions rise

    Posted Aug 27th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and maintain healthy earnings growth. Impairment charges rose 66.77 per cent to 1.61 billion yuan (HK$1.83 billion) in the first half due to higher bad-debt provisions and investment write-downs, ... in bad-debt provisions and lower loan and profit growth in the second half due to the economic slowdown. The bank said it had already become cautious about lending to certain sectors, ...

  2. Peace Mark in talks to freeze debt repayment

    Posted Sep 04th 2008, 12:00am by Denise Tsang

    ... Denise Tsang Peace Mark (Holdings), the largest retailer of luxury watches in Asia, is negotiating with its bank creditors to temporarily freeze the repayment of HK$1.21 billion of debts ... the way for a debt repayment arrangement. The trading suspension on Peace Mark shares since August 18 will remain, pending further notice. The 25-year-old firm, which saw its share price tumble 59 ...

  3. Sovereign bond may trigger debt issues

    Posted Oct 24th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Anette Jonsson The launch of China's first sovereign bond in more than two years late on Wednesday could act as a trigger for more mainland companies to also issue debt ... funding to Chinese companies, and this is the most important reason why only two mainland firms have so far tried their luck in the foreign currency debt market. The government bonds sold late ...

  4. Mainland banks look to raise 400b yuan

    Posted Jan 26th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Daniel Ren in Shanghai The big mainland banks are planning to tap the market for a combined 400 billion yuan (HK$455 billion) as they follow Beijing's orders to shore up their capital and pay for a profligate lending spree over the past year. Bank of ...

  5. Fisherman's Wharf backers pulling out

    Posted Mar 30th 2009, 12:00am by Naomi Rovnick

    ... be 'just over 50 cents in the dollar'. At the same time the bond buy-back will allow Mr Chow to effectively halve interest payments on the Wharf's debt, which also includes a HK$534 million syndicated loan facility co-guaranteed by SJM that had HK$369.6 million drawn down at the end of 2007. One source close to Mr Chow said the debt buy-back was almost done. 'It ...

  6. Write-downs pull BOC earnings 59pc lower

    Posted Mar 25th 2009, 12:00am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Jane Cai in Beijing and Enoch Yiu Bank of China suffered a 59 per cent drop in net profit in the fourth quarter as it continued to write down overseas investment values amid the deepening financial crisis. Net income fell to 4.42 billion yuan (HK$5.02 bil ...

  7. Boost for SMEs as Beijing relaxes loan quotas at select banks

    Posted Aug 09th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Maria Chan In another move to support small business amid slowing demand for exports, Beijing will allow locally incorporated foreign banks to raise their lending quotas on a case-by-case basis. 'Banks can submit their applications and appropriate ad ...

  8. Bocom set to launch 3b yuan HK bonds

    Posted Jul 10th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Maria Chan At least 1b yuan allotted for individual investors Bank of Communications, the mainland's fifth-largest lender, will sell 3 billion yuan (HK$3.41 billion) worth of yuan-denominated bonds in Hong Kong from next week, the first yuan bond iss ...

  9. Lenders in quake zone freed from PBOC rule

    Posted May 17th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Natalie Chiu Reserve ratio waived The People's Bank of China has exempted lenders in designated cities in quake-stricken Sichuan province from its latest increase in liquidity requirements in a bid to free up funds for immediate disaster relief. Fina ...

  10. India to lose wind from its sails

    Posted Oct 03rd 2004, 12:00am by Chris Oliver

    ... A poor monsoon spells trouble for a high-flying stock market, Chris Oliver reports India's poor monsoon this year spells trouble for the stock market. Overall rainfall was only about 80 per cent of average, and when the downpours did arrive they appe ...




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