七线谱:四大天王( China Big Four Banks)
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The "big four" state-owned commercial banks are the Bank of China, the China Construction Bank, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, and the Agricultural Bank of China, all of which are also among the largest banks in the world as of 2018.
The big four also, the world largest in term of total assets base on 2018 S&P Global Market Intelligence report. FYI, DBS rank 71st with a total asset of approx. USD$388 Billion.
These are the 10 biggest banks in the world in 2019 <source:businessinsider.sg>
“In December 2017, the International Monetary Fund published the results of a stress test, which looked at the performance of China’s banking sector. It found that 27 out of the 33 Chinese banks it assessed would not meet capital requirements in the event of a major shock. The six banks that did meet the requirements included all of China’s big four banks – ICBC, Agricultural Bank of China, China Construction Bank, and Bank of China.”
Numerous report or analysis on problems faced by Chinese banking, ranging from bad debts, asset quality, liquidity and capital adequacy.
Bad loans in China’s banking system mount, rise 3.6 per cent in the second quarter <source:scmp.com>
Chinese banks have reported an increase in bad debts and a decline in capital adequacy ratio in the second quarter, as the year-long trade war has hit the country’s economy hard.
“The bad-debt ratio increase and decrease in capital adequacy ratio were within market expectation.”
The rising bad debts come as China’s sovereign wealth fund last Thursday took over
While the CBIRC said that the banks’ credit quality remains stable, the data showed that the lenders have seen their capital ratio fall along with the economy. China’s gross domestic product grew at 6.2 per cent in the June quarter, the slowest quarterly growth rate since 1992.
七线谱:四大天王 ( The Big Four )
Because of the escalating trade war and other geopolitical risks, the stock price for these big 4 had plunged more than -35% from early 2018 since the trade war started.
All Big Four stock price drops to below -1SD and with BOC at -2SD now, but from the chart, it seems that there will still have room for further, decrease by 10-20% if it is going to hit the level same as Global Finance Crisis in 2008/09.
Bank of China
( PE :4.4 / PB :4.5 / ROE : 11.5% / Div Yield: 7.0%/ Tier 1 Cap Ratio:11.6%)
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China
( PE :5.2 / PB :5.1 / ROE : 13.0% / Div Yield: 5.7%/ Tier 1 Cap Ratio:13.2%)
China Construction Bank
( PE :5.1 / PB :5.2 / ROE : 13.4% / Div Yield: 6.0%/ Tier 1 Cap Ratio:14.2%)
Agricultural Bank of China
( PE :4.5 / PB :4.5 / ROE : 12.9% / Div Yield: 6.7%/ Tier 1 Cap Ratio:11.9%)
Since nobody knows how and when the trade may end, and it might be a “black swan” that causing another global financial turmoil or economy meltdown.
We will need to be cautious if going to buy into the story of “BIG Four “, be nimble and take small bites first with position sizing strategy in mind where you will have room to increase your position if things turn really ugly eventually.
Quote Of The Day:
“I learned early that there is nothing new in Wall Street. There can’t be because speculation is as old as the hills. Whatever happens in the stock market today has happened before and will happen again. I’ve never forgotten that.” – Jesse Livermore