1288.HK - Agricultural Bank of China Limited

HKSE - HKSE Delayed Price. Currency in HKD
3.000
0.000 (0.00%)
At close: 4:08PM HKT
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Previous Close3.000
Open2.990
Bid3.000 x 0
Ask3.010 x 0
Day's Range2.990 - 3.020
52 Week Range2.950 - 3.910
Volume91,480,137
Avg. Volume122,786,685
Market Cap1.308T
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.22
PE Ratio (TTM)4.47
EPS (TTM)0.672
Earnings DateN/A
Forward Dividend & Yield0.20 (6.57%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-06-11
1y Target Est4.72
  • Chinese Bank Perpetual Bond Sales Boosted by Hunt for Yields
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    Chinese Bank Perpetual Bond Sales Boosted by Hunt for Yields

    (Bloomberg) -- The global hunt for yield is a boon for Chinese banks raising capital via perpetual bonds.Agricultural Bank of China Ltd. sold 85 billion yuan ($12 billion) of perpetual bonds last week at a coupon of 4.39%, the lowest level since lenders first started selling the debt instruments in January. Total sales of the bonds, which lack a maturity date, now amount to 315 billion yuan. Postal Savings Bank of China Co. said Tuesday it plans to sell such debt totaling as much as 80 billion yuan or equivalent in foreign currencies.“Due to declining risk-free interest rates, coupled with supportive policies for bank perpetuals, most issues were oversubscribed, which shows a robust market demand,” said Yu Liang, an analyst at S&P Global Ratings. She said issuance will top 1 trillion yuan soon.Average coupons on offer on bank perpetuals sold so far is about 4.63%, compared with about 3% for China’s 10-year sovereign bond yield.Bulking up on capital is a pressing need for Chinese banks as they grapple with rising bad debt while being pushed to help the government achieve its economic growth target. The People’s Bank of China in January introduced a swap program designed to make perpetual bonds more liquid in secondary trading to increase its appeal among buyers.Read: China to Do More to Help Perpetual Bond Sales, PBOC’s Pan SaysThe central bank may expand the size of the swap program, while officials may take measures to attract more investors, Yu said.Here are some more analyst comments:Yu Liang, an analyst from S&P Global:The central bank may expand the size of the swap program, and policy makers will take measures to attract more investors to this marketBanks are main buyers of this tool but insurance companies are also showing an interest because it matches their long-term liabilitiesMost bank perpetuals are added to wealth management portfolios issued by other banks, and there are concerns on mitigating losses suffered by individualsTan Songheng, analyst from Hunan Sanxiang Bank Co.The supply of bank perpetuals is likely to grow as Chinese regulators continue to encourage commercial lenders to raise core capital, especially after the liquidity crunch caused by a seizure of a regional bankSome perpetuals have changed hands in the secondary market, in a sign that liquidity condition has improved, and the supportive measures by the central bank have started to take hold(Updates with Postal Bank’s perpetual bond sale plan in second paragraph.)\--With assistance from Matt Turner.To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Tongjian Dong in Shanghai at tdong28@bloomberg.net;Wenjin Lv in Shanghai at wlv8@bloomberg.net;Yuling Yang in Beijing at yyang329@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Neha D'silva at ndsilva1@bloomberg.net, Chan Tien HinFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • HSBC Gets the Cold Shoulder in China
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    HSBC Gets the Cold Shoulder in China

    (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 ngopalan3@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Matthew Brooker at mbrooker1@bloomberg.netThis 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.

  • Reuters

    China Big Five banks post modest profit growth amid loan push

    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.

  • Four’s the Magic Number for China’s Banks
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    Four’s the Magic Number for China’s Banks

    On Monday, Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Ltd., Bank of China Ltd., China Construction Bank Corp. and Bank of Communications Co. posted higher net income. Including Agricultural Bank of China Ltd., which reported last week, rises at the big five clustered in a range from 4.1 percent to 4.9 percent. At the same time as profit climbed, nonperforming loans as a ratio of total lending dropped – though overall levels of bad debt increased.

  • Investing.com

    China’s Four Largest Banks’ Bad Loans Hit Multi-Year Highs

    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.

  • Reuters

    China's big banks post modest first-quarter profit growth

    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.

  • Reuters

    China's AgBank Q1 profit rises 4.3 pct, misses estimates

    * AgBank Q1 net profit up 4.3 pct on-year, below estimates * Non-performing loan ratio 1.53 pct end-March vs 1.59 pct end-Dec (Adds milestone, bullet points) SINGAPORE/BEIJING, April 26 (Reuters) - Agricultural ...

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    China's AgBank posts 4.3 pct rise in Q1 profit, misses estimates

    SINGAPORE/BEIJING, April 26 (Reuters) - Agricultural Bank of China Ltd (AgBank) , the country's third-largest lender by assets, reported on Friday a 4.3 percent rise in first-quarter net profit, missing ...

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    BRIEF-Shanghai Jinjiang International Travel Sells 14.87 Mln A-Shares In Agricultural Bank Of China

    April 25 (Reuters) - Shanghai Jinjiang International Travel Co Ltd: * SAYS IT HAS SOLD ITS ENTIRE 14.87 MILLION A-SHARES IN AGRICULTURAL BANK OF CHINA BETWEEN APRIL 19 AND APRIL 24 Source text in Chinese: ...

  • Reuters

    BRIEF-Agricultural Bank Of China Approved Appointment Of Cai Dong, Cui Yong As Executive Vice Presidents

    April 11 (Reuters) - Agricultural Bank Of China Ltd : * APPROVED APPOINTMENT OF CAI DONG AS AN EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF BANK * RESOLVED TO APPOINT CUI YONG AS AN EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF BANK * BOARD ...

  • Should Agricultural Bank of China Limited (HKG:1288) Be Part Of Your Dividend Portfolio?
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    Should Agricultural Bank of China Limited (HKG:1288) Be Part Of Your Dividend Portfolio?

    Want to participate in a research study? Help shape the future of investing tools and earn a $60 gift card! A large part of investment returns can be generated by dividend-paying stock given their role in compounding returns over tim...

  • Reuters

    China's AgBank posts first quarterly profit decline since 2015

    * AgBank's Q4 net profit down 5.4 pct, below estimates * NPL 1.59 pct at end-Dec vs 1.6 pct end-Sept * Net interest margin at 2.33 pct vs 2.35 pct end-June (Adds milestone, earnings details) BEIJING/HONG ...

  • Reuters

    China's AgBank Q4 profit falls 5.4 pct

    BEIJING/HONG KONG, March 29 (Reuters) - Agricultural Bank of China Ltd (AgBank) , the country's third-largest lender by assets, reported on Friday a 5.4 percent drop in fourth-quarter net profit. AgBank's ...

  • What Kind Of Shareholders Own Agricultural Bank of China Limited (HKG:1288)?
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    What Kind Of Shareholders Own Agricultural Bank of China Limited (HKG:1288)?

    If you want to know who really controls Agricultural Bank of China Limited (HKG:1288), then you'll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. Institutions will often holdRead More...

  • Should You Investigate Agricultural Bank of China Limited (HKG:1288) At HK$3.69?
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    Should You Investigate Agricultural Bank of China Limited (HKG:1288) At HK$3.69?

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  • Why Agricultural Bank of China Limited (HKG:1288) May Not Be As Risky Than You Think
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    Why Agricultural Bank of China Limited (HKG:1288) May Not Be As Risky Than You Think

    Large banks such as Agricultural Bank of China Limited (HKG:1288), with a market capitalisation of HK$1.4t, have benefited from improving credit quality as a result of post-GFC recovery, leading to Read More...

  • Reuters

    BRIEF-Shanghai Jinjiang International Travel Buys 28.08 Million A-Shares In Agricultural Bank Of China

    Nov 12 (Reuters) - Shanghai Jinjiang International Travel Co Ltd: * SAYS IT BOUGHT 28.08 MILLION A-SHARES IN AGBANK FOR 104.5 MILLION YUAN ($15.00 million) BETWEEN NOV 7 AND NOV 9 Source text in Chinese: ...

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    China's AgBank Q3 net profit up 8.6 pct, beats estimates

    BEIJING/SHANGHAI, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Agricultural Bank of China Ltd (AgBank) , the country's third-biggest lender by assets, on Tuesday reported a better-than-expected 8.6 percent rise in third-quarter ...

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    An Examination Of Agricultural Bank of China Limited (HKG:1288)

    Agricultural Bank of China Limited (HKG:1288) is a company with exceptional fundamental characteristics. Upon building up an investment case for a stock, we should look at various aspects. In the Read More...

  • Reuters

    Lost in transmission: China's small firms get more loans on paper but not in reality

    Beijing is keen to show results after four rounds of policy easing, so China's big banks are playing along, highlighting their efforts to boost lending to cash-starved small firms, offering collateral waivers and setting loan targets. The health of millions of small firms, most privately owned, is crucial to China's efforts to ward off a sharp slowdown and mass job losses while fighting a bitter trade war with the United States. The People's Bank of China (PBOC) has cut the amount of cash commercial lenders must hold as reserves four times since January.