|Bid||0.0000 x 0|
|Ask||0.0000 x 0|
|Day's Range||2.0198 - 2.0198|
|52 Week Range||1.7000 - 2.4900|
|Beta (5Y Monthly)||0.59|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||16.16|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||0.05 (2.51%)|
|Ex-Dividend Date||Mar 10, 2021|
|1y Target Est||1.80|
The Bank of East Asia Ltd. (BKEAY) has been upgraded to a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), reflecting growing optimism about the company's earnings prospects. This might drive the stock higher in the near term.
Bank of East Asia, Hong Kong's biggest family-run bank, has appointed its head of retail lending Christine Lo to lead its Greater Bay Area (GBA) office, as the bank looks to forge closer collaboration across its operations in the region to capture new wealth management businesses. Lo, who also headed the bank's credit card business, helped launch Bank of East Asia's cross-border mortgage service last year, allowing Hong Kong customers to process their loans for buying real estate anywhere in the nine Guangdong provincial cities of the GBA without having to set foot in mainland China. "By integrating our resources and strengths, the GBA office will further enable Bank of East Asia to seize future opportunities, including those stemming from the up-and-coming wealth management connect scheme," the bank's co-chief executive Adrian Li said in an announcement of Lo's appointment. Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China. The appointment is a move to align the business of the century-old bank with the growth potential of the GBA, with a total population of 70 million and a combined economy of US$1.7 trillion, equivalent to the world's 11th biggest economic entity. A flurry of cross-border financial services and products have already been approved by regulators to serve the region that accounts for one in five of China's high-net worth households with at least 10 million yuan (US$1.55 million).。。 Financial regulators of the GBA last year rolled out the so-called Wealth Management Connect, which enables residents within the 11 cities around southern China's Guangdong province including Hong Kong and Macau invest in each other's asset management financial products. Besides banking, Bank of East Asia also owns 49 per cent of East Asia Qianhai Securities Company Limited, which provides brokerage service with its partner Shenzhen Qianhai Financial Holdings in a special area earmarked for innovations in financial services. The bank's subsidiary, BEA Union Investment (Shenzhen) in Qianhai offers fund and asset management services. Bank of East Asia, which opened its first branch on the mainland in 1992, has one of the most extensive foreign-owned bank networks in China. The bank's mainland business trimmed its pre-tax loss by 84 per cent to HK$602 million in the first half of 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic ravaged China's economy. Still, the improvement in its mainland business helped bolster Bank of East Asia's first-half net profit by 53 per cent last year to HK$1.53 billion. This article originally appeared in the South China Morning Post (SCMP), the most authoritative voice reporting on China and Asia for more than a century. For more SCMP stories, please explore the SCMP app or visit the SCMP's Facebook and Twitter pages. Copyright © 2021 South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved. Copyright (c) 2021. South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Activist investing is hard work, even for tenacious veterans like Elliott Management Corp. The very mention of its name sends shivers up the spines of corporate fat cats. Yet, until recently, the U.S.-based hedge fund hasn’t been able to scare up much success in Asia. Elliott has been in the region for years, picking battles with Korean chaebols and Hong Kong billionaire tycoons. But its track record is mixed at best. In 2015, Elliott lost a proxy fight with Samsung Group’s founding Lee family over an $8 billion merger deal. Three years later, the hedge fund sued South Korea for at least $770 million in damages over that deal. This year, it exited its positions in Hyundai Motor Co with a loss. Even its victories had a bitter aftertaste. This March, Bank of East Asia Ltd., Hong Kong’s only family-run bank, finally agreed to a strategic review, six years after Elliot first began the fight. In the interim, however, the bank’s share price languished. Elliot had a more financially rewarding tangle with the Lee family in 2016, a direct engagement with their crown jewel, Samsung Electronics Co. However, the hedge fund is still involved in a painful lawsuit with the South Korean government over the 2015 proxy fight.So it must be a great surprise for Elliott that Masayoshi Son, the headstrong founder of SoftBank Group Corp, has been receptive to its activism. The two sides had talks in January, soon after news broke that the hedge fund had built up a stake of over $2.5 billion in the Japan-based multinational conglomerate. Since then, SoftBank has announced asset sale and buyback plans that exceeded what Elliott had asked for. In December, it decided to abandon its Big Tech equity options trading, which had worried Elliott so much that the fund took out offsetting options itself to protect against the Nasdaq whale’s possible billion dollar losses. Meanwhile, the “slow-burn” management-led buyout plan, reported by Bloomberg News Wednesday, must be music to Elliott’s ears. A gradual repurchase of outstanding shares will help boost the market value of Elliott’s 3% stake, whether a take-private deal takes place or not. SoftBank’s shares have risen about 64% since early February, when news of Elliott’s engagement first broke. If Masa Son is used to calling the shots, why did he put his ego aside and listen to Paul Singer’s hedge fund? One possible explanation is that Masa Son needs a friend on Wall Street. After last year’s WeWork IPO debacle, Son’s reputation as a venture capital visionary took a major hit. But his unicorns still need to go public in New York. Antagonizing Elliott, which got on the board of Twitter Inc. in return for keeping Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey on top, is not a good starting point. Take a look at who buys into SoftBank’s unicorns: they are ultimately Americans. As of the end of September, the $100 billion Vision Fund has made 92 investments but has so far managed only nine full exits. There is a long way to go. Of the 10 companies that have gone public, only two are listed in Hong Kong, while the rest, including Uber Technologies Inc. and China’s Oneconnect Financial Technology Co., went for New York. SoftBank’s shares surged to a two-decade high this week after food delivery service provider DoorDash Inc.’s blockbuster IPO gave the Japanese company a $11.2 billion paper gain. Fearsome reputations can travel only so far. Elliott might have clout in the U.S., but in South Korea or Hong Kong, the final word usually belongs to homegrown tycoons like Hyundai’s Chung family and Bank of East Asia’s David Li. Local investors and consumers don’t care what a foreign activist has to say about governance or capital structure. On the other hand, the end consumers of Masa Son’s unicorn dreams are Americans. So it’s in his best interest to play nice and listen to Elliott — and submit to its discipline.This 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/opinionSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.