|Bid||5.690 x 0|
|Ask||5.700 x 0|
|Day's Range||5.620 - 5.730|
|52 Week Range||5.550 - 7.210|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.24|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||5.00|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||0.35 (6.03%)|
|1y Target Est||9.19|
(Bloomberg) -- It’s trading near its lowest levels since 2016 and has lost $44 billion in value since an April peak -- but mainland investors can’t seem to get enough of China Construction Bank Corp.The Hong Kong-listed shares of the lender, one of China’s big four state-controlled banks, have seen mainland inflows of HK$6.2 billion ($790 million) over the past 19 sessions through Aug. 14, based on the latest data compiled by Bloomberg. That’s more than 17% of Chinese investors’ total spending during the buying streak.A low valuation and healthy dividend yield make it attractive, said Terry Sun, a Hong Kong-based analyst with CMB International Securities Ltd. China Construction Bank’s A shares traded at about a 40% premium over the Hong Kong-listed shares last week, the biggest gap among the big four lenders.China’s central bank introduced a revamped market benchmark rate this week aimed at lowering borrowing costs for households and companies to support the economy. While that’s seen to bring down industry rates, Sun expects the bank’s net interest margin to be more stable than peers, and says its large proportion of retail loans will help shield it from the impact.Personal banking contributed to nearly 40% of China Construction Bank’s revenues for last year, the highest ratio among the big four lenders, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The stock rose as much as 1.4% in Hong Kong before paring the gain to 0.7% Wednesday.Hong Kong was the world’s worst-performing major stock market over the past month, roiled by weeks of protests, a weakening yuan and the fallout from the China- U.S. trade war. That has helped bring valuations on the Hang Seng Index down towards the lowest since late 2016, encouraging the buying streak from mainland investors.China Construction Bank traded at a record low of below 0.64 times book value earlier this month, and its estimated dividend yield is at 6.2%, higher than that of Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Ltd., the nation’s biggest lender and another favourite of mainland investors.Further upside is expected in the coming months, with earnings to offer encouragement, said Wang Zhen, an analyst with UOB-Kay Hian Holdings Ltd. “As an industry leader, the bank has strong ability to adapt to and withstand the unfavourable macro-environment. The stock should perform well in the coming months.”(Updates with Wednesday’s close.)\--With assistance from Jun Luo.To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Amanda Wang in Shanghai at email@example.com;Mengchen Lu in Shanghai at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Sofia Horta e Costa at email@example.com, David Watkins, Charlie ZhuFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Eighteen banks coordinating to calibrate a market-driven rate – cynics could be forgiven for thinking that another Libor-rigging scandal is around the corner in China. Perversely, such an outcome would be a good sign for its financial system. Over the weekend, the People’s Bank of China made the loan prime rate, which banks offer to their best clients, the new benchmark for pricing corporate loans. It works a bit like Libor, the key global rate that determines borrowing costs for everything from student loans to derivatives: Every month, 18 banks will submit their one-year loan prime rates to the PBOC, which will publish an average after removing the highest and lowest quotes.It isn’t inconceivable that Chinese lenders, like their peers in the U.S. and Europe, would be tempted to collude and fix these rates to their advantage. But you need to have a market before you can manipulate it. In China, banks still don’t know how to price loans without hand-holding from the central bank. A case in point: Lenders in the developed world use market-driven benchmarks to determine their loan rates. Banks in Hong Kong, for instance, base mortgage rates on one-month Hibor, the city’s main interbank rate. In the U.S., loans with longer duration are priced against Treasuries of the same tenor. No such standards exist in China’s loan market. Some banks link their loan rates to Shanghai’s Libor equivalent; some to Chinese government-bond yields; and some to the savings deposit rates they offer. Still others equate their loan prime rates to the coupons of their own bonds, which means they don’t earn a penny from originating these loans. This dysfunction helps explain why the PBOC is asking these 18 banks to base their loan prime rates on their cost of borrowing from the central bank – China’s bank-loan market needs a pricing benchmark. It’s also understandable that the central bank is frustrated with the status quo. Lenders have enjoyed cheaper funding in recent months, as the PBOC has pumped liquidity into the system through open-market operations. Yet they haven’t passed lower borrowing costs on to clients: Many banks simply apply the central bank’s policy one-year lending rate of 4.35%, tag on a small discount of, say, 10%, and blindly offer this minimum loan rate.As a result, and much to the PBOC’s ire, interest rates for bank loans have held steady, despite a lower cost of borrowing in the bond and money markets. In its statement, the central bank warned against lenders setting “hidden floors” that would maintain lenders’ profit margins.Expanding the list of banks to 18 from 10 – and including regional and rural commercial banks – will also create extra work for the PBOC. Whereas the Big Four commercial banks can rely on China’s thrifty households for deposits, regional banks have to seek funding from the interbank market. Bank of Xi’an Co., for instance, gets more than a quarter of its funding from short-term loans in the interbank market, compared with roughly 10% for China Construction Bank Corp.This makes smaller banks’ access to funding much more volatile. If a lender such as Bank of Xi’an has a big repo loan due over the next week, wouldn’t its loan prime rate have to shoot higher? Bureaucrats at the PBOC will need to spend a good deal of time babysitting these small-town bankers – and teach them a thing or two about cash-flow management. While it’s laudable that the PBOC finally took the long-awaited step – six years, to be exact – in interest-rate reform, one can’t help wondering if China’s bank-loan market is ready. What we will end up seeing is a lot of window guidance. The PBOC can only wish that Chinese bankers are as clever as those in London.(Corrects the legend in the chart, which was reversed.)To contact the author of this story: Shuli Ren at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Rachel Rosenthal at email@example.comThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Shuli Ren is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering Asian markets. She previously wrote on markets for Barron's, following a career as an investment banker, and is a CFA charterholder.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- It’s hard not to see HSBC Holdings Plc’s exclusion from China’s interest-rate reform as a snub.Hong Kong’s biggest bank wasn’t included in a list of 18 lenders that will participate in pricing for a new loan prime rate that the People’s Bank of China will start releasing Tuesday. The roster includes foreign lenders Standard Chartered Plc and Citigroup Inc., which have smaller China businesses than HSBC.It’s the latest sign that all may not be well in HSBC’s relations with Beijing, after a turbulent period that has seen the departures this month of Chief Executive Officer John Flint and the bank’s Greater China head, Helen Wong. HSBC shares fell 13% in Hong Kong this year through last Friday, compared with a decline of less than 1% in the benchmark Hang Seng Index.London-based HSBC, which is also Europe’s biggest bank, has made China a key plank of its growth strategy. The lender is the third-largest corporate bank in the country by market penetration, according to data provider Greenwich Associates LLC. That places it ahead even of China Construction Bank Corp. and Agricultural Bank of China Ltd., two of the nation’s big four state-owned lenders. Standard Chartered and Citigroup don’t rank among the top five, according Gaurav Arora, head of Asia Pacific at Greenwich.It could be argued that HSBC’s focus on big corporate clients means it’s less attuned to the loan market for small and medium-size enterprises that are the focus of China’s changes to its interest-rate regime. That would be a stretch, though. Corporate banking is a scale game. And even though StanChart may have a greater preponderance of smaller clients, HSBC surely has many similar customers. Citigroup’s inclusion makes more sense: It’s the only U.S. bank in China with a consumer-lending business that spans credit cards to SME loans. The list also includes less influential domestic lenders such as Bank of Xian Co. Those searching for reasons why HSBC may have fallen into China’s bad books may point to Huawei Technologies Co. Liu Xiaoming, China’s ambassador to the U.K., summoned Flint to the embassy earlier this year to interrogate him over the bank’s role in the arrest and prosecution of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei, the Financial Times reported Monday. The then-CEO told him HSBC had no option but to turn over information that helped U.S. prosecutors build a case against Meng, the FT said. On Aug. 9, an HSBC spokeswoman denied that Wong’s departure as Greater China head was linked to any issue involving Huawei, pointing out that she announced her resignation before Flint’s departure. Still, the bank has faced criticism in China’s state-owned media over its role in the case. The way HSBC helped the U.S. Department of Justice acquire documents concerning Huawei was unethical, the Global Times reported previously, citing a source close to the matter. The bank was likely to be included in China’s first “unreliable entity” list of companies that have jeopardized the interests of Chinese firms, it said.The timing of China’s interest-rate snub won’t do anything to quell jitters, coming a day after Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. CEO Rupert Hogg resigned amid criticism from Chinese regulators over its stance on employee participation in Hong Kong’s protests. Beijing is becoming more muscular in its attitude to the city’s unrest and foreign-owned businesses aren’t being spared. In an increasingly politicized environment, even a business that’s been around for 154 years will have to tread carefully. To contact the author of this story: Nisha Gopalan at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Matthew Brooker at email@example.comThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Nisha Gopalan is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering deals and banking. She previously worked for the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones as an editor and a reporter.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Looking at China Construction Bank Corporation's (HKG:939) earnings update in March 2019, analyst consensus outlook...
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New bank loans in China likely pulled back in April from strong levels the previous month, but may still outpace the historical trend as the central bank keeps up efforts to support cash-strapped smaller companies, a Reuters poll showed. Chinese banks are expected to have extended 1.2 trillion yuan (135.9 billion pounds) in net new yuan loans in April, falling from 1.69 trillion yuan in March but still ahead of 1.18 trillion yuan in the same month last year, a median estimate in a Reuters survey of 32 economists showed. Bank lending jumped 20 percent in the first quarter to a new record -- and there are some signs the economy is slowly responding -- but there are also concerns that a prolonged, heavy credit burst could fuel a further rise in bad loans as banks loosen lending standards.
BEIJING/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - China's five biggest state-owned banks posted a modest growth in quarterly profit as policymakers pushed them to make more loans, but the results still missed expectations amid the lingering impact of an economic slowdown. Net profits at the country's so-called Big Five banks, led by Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd (ICBC), grew by more than 4 percent in the January-March quarter from a year earlier. The gain comes on the heels of disappointing 2018 fourth quarter when four of the five turned in their weakest profit growth in more than two years as business activity slowed and they sharply increased provisions for bad loans.
Investing.com - Bad loans at China's four largest lenders grew at the fastest pace since 2017 in the first quarter, Bloomberg reported citing financial statements.
BEIJING/SINGAPORE(Reuters) - China's five largest state-owned banks posted modest first-quarter profit growth, though slightly below expectations, as policymakers pushed lenders to make more loans to support the slowing economy. Net profits at the country's so-called Big Five banks, led by Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd (ICBC), grew by more than 4 percent in the January-March quarter from a year earlier. The gain comes on the heels of disappointing 2018 fourth-quarter results that saw four of the five lenders posting their weakest quarterly profit growth in more than two years as business activity slowed and they sharply increased provisions for bad loans.
BEIJING/SINGAPORE, April 29 (Reuters) - China Construction Bank Ltd (CCB), the country's second-largest lender by assets, posted a lower than expected 4.2 percent increase in first-quarter profit as its ...
Malaysia's national carmaker Proton has secured 1.88 billion ringgit ($455.10 million) in banking facilities from China Construction Bank to fund expansion around the region, it said in a statement late Friday. The loans are earmarked for Proton's growth plans to be the number one automotive brand in Malaysia and number three in ASEAN by 2027, the company said. "Expansion to foreign markets is critical for sales growth while obtaining financing allows the company to invest in the many projects required to turn Proton into a truly global automotive brand," Chairman Syed Faisal Albar said in the statement.
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BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's top four state-controlled banks warned bad loans could rise and interest margins would shrink industry-wide, as three of them posted their weakest quarterly profit growth in more than two years. Top lender Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) reported flat net profit of 58.05 billion yuan ($8.63 billion) for the fourth quarter, the first time it has seen no growth in a quarter since the July-September 2016 quarter. Agricultural Bank of China Ltd (AgBank), the third-largest lender, also posted a drop of 5.4 percent on Friday in fourth-quarter net profit, its first quarterly decline since 2015.
Investing.com - Asian stocks were mixed in morning trade on Thursday. The Brexit saga continues to unfold as U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said she would resign if Parliament backs her Brexit deal.
* Profit at 40.55 bln yuan vs 43 bln yuan analyst view -Reuters calc * NPL 1.46 pct at December-end vs 1.47 pct three months prior * Net interest margin at 2.31 pct from 2.34 pct at September-end * (Adds ...
SINGAPORE/HONG KONG, March 27 (Reuters) - China Construction Bank Corp (CCB) reported a 1 percent drop in fourth-quarter net profit on Wednesday, missing analysts' estimates. China's second-biggest lender ...
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