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  1. Huarong to outline NPL progress

    Posted Dec 22nd 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... banking sector. Huarong, one of the four asset management companies set up to shadow the Big Four state-owned commercial banks, is selling more than 12,000 loans - with US$3 billion of principal ... of the world's top investment banks, on 14 tranches for which the bids came sufficiently close to the minimum prices. 'The quality is much worse than the first Huarong auction [in 2001],' said ...

  2. Funds from IPO rush to reach high of $138b

    Posted Jul 06th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Fiona Lau China Construction Bank is expected to generate $40b in its share offering Large initial public offerings by China Construction Bank (CCB) and Link Reit are expected to push ... increase- thanks to offerings by Bank of Communications and China Shenhua Energy. 'China Construction Bank is likely to raise up to $40 billion while Link Reit aims for $20 billion. We expect ...

  3. First half to set a brisk fund-raising pace

    Posted Jan 15th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... capital market services. Mainland financial firms, including insurers and banks, could alone account for half of the total Hong Kong IPO fund-raising figure this year, he added. But PWC's ... Asia-Pacific head of investment banking at Morgan Stanley. 'It is more difficult to predict the second half. There is some risk that at some point we can see the markets come back down. ...

  4. BOC adopts risk focus in lending

    Posted Jan 14th 2004, 12:00am by Christine Chan

    ... Christine Chan Bank of China, which is expected to tap the equity markets next year, plans to introduce a more risk-based approach to its lending policy in line with international best practices. According to BOC chairman and president Xiao Gang, the bank will use risk weightings of loan classes set by the Bank for International Settlements accord. Under existing guidelines, banks ...

  5. Cautionary lesson from a new bank scandal

    Posted Mar 16th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The mainland has made progress on banking reform over the past year but the changes have left the fundamental problems untouched. That much is clear from the news that China Construction Bank chairman Zhang Enzhao has been dismissed and is being investigated for taking kickbacks. As CCB and several other mainland lenders line up for stock market listings this year in Hong Kong ...

  6. Banking on real reform

    Posted Jul 01st 2005, 12:00am by Hu Shuli

    ... Hu Shuli Last week was a confidence-booster within Chinese state banking circles. On June 23, Swiss financial giant UBS AG announced that it may invest US$500 million in the Bank of China (BOC). The next day, Singapore's Temasek inked a deal with the government-owned Central Huijin Investment Company to buy 5.1 per cent of its shares in the China Construction Bank (CCB), ...

  7. China banks not ripe for listing

    Posted Jun 27th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... State injections cloud lenders' balance sheets and, consequently, their full potential, writes Bei Hu The past year has seen a flurry of subordinated debt issues by Chinese banks and the first overseas initial public offering by a mainland lender, Bank of Communications (Bocom)'s recent Hong Kong listing, to fund both rapid growth and increasing loan-loss provisions. ...

  8. Foreign banks need to target China's young looking at retirement

    Posted Jun 02nd 2005, 12:00am by Louis Beckerling

    ... Louis Beckerling Proposition 1: Dividend cheques determine the share prices of the world's big banks, now more or less indistinguishable from one another and matured into utilities ... must be sustained at high enough levels to leave cash in the kitty for dividends after the mega banks have met the rising costs of doing business and made the steadily increasing investments ...

  9. British bank on verge of BOC deal

    Posted Apr 09th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Bei Hu Royal Bank of Scotland in advanced talks to take 15pc to 20pc interest worth up to US$4b in the mainland's No2 lender Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is understood to be in advanced talks to take a 15 to 20 per cent stake in Bank of China (BOC) in what will be the largest single foreign equity acquisition in the mainland's banking sector to date. Sources said ...

  10. Minsheng Banking cleared to seek HK flotation

    Posted Mar 26th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Bei Hu China Minsheng Banking Corp has become the first mainland bank to win central government approval for an overseas listing, making a Hong Kong initial public offering possible ... said a Minsheng offering was likely to be well-received by foreign investors, who have few avenues for investment into the mainland banking sector. Prospective investors may, however, demand ...




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