Total assets of credit institutions and foreign banks in Vietnam by the end of the first quarter of this year inched down 0.72 per cent to VND12.48 quadrillion (US$521.76 billion) compared with the end of last year.
Assets of four large State-owned banks, including VietinBank, accounted for 41.76 per cent of the banking system's total assets. — Photo tapchitaichinh.vn
The latest report released last week by the State Bank of Viet Nam (SBV) showed assets of four large State-owned banks, including Agribank, Vietcombank, VietinBank and BIDV, accounted for 41.76 per cent of the total assets.
The report also showed total charter capital of the institutions by the end of Q1 2020 increased by 0.85 per cent against the end of 2019 to VND617.5 trillion, of which VND145.1 trillion were from the four State-owned banks.
Equity capital of credit institutions and foreign banks’ branches in Viet Nam reached VND937.9 trillion.
However, experts were concerned that surging overdue loans from the COVID-19 pandemic-induced economic fallout could threaten Vietnamese banks' capital accretion momentum, with many banks likely to face capital shortfalls should the weak economic conditions persist.
It was estimated that Vietnamese banks may face a capital shortfall of up to $2.5 billion (27 per cent of their combined end-2019 equity) in meeting the SBV's Basel II minimum total capital adequacy ratio requirement of 8 per cent. Of which, the State-owned banks would face the largest gap.
The SBV also reported 76 credit institutions, including two State-owned banks, 20 commercial joint stock banks, two joint-venture banks, nine wholly foreign-owned banks and 43 foreign banks’ branches, have so far met the Basel II capital adequacy ratio. — VNS
Banks are ready to seize business opportunities in the coming months as the COVID-19 pandemic has been basically controlled in Vietnam and domestic production and business are expected to accelerate soon.
Banks have cut wages of high-ranking executives to cope with the effects of Covid-19.