IGM Credit, IGM FX and Rates
By Tim Cheung 18 Jun 2019
On 24 May, PBOC and CBIRC jointly announced to take over Baoshang Bank for one year due to serious credit risk. As far as we are aware, Baoshang Bank already showed multiple red flags on credit risk in 2017, with 28.8% y/y asset growth, around 30% of assets in receivable investments, 46% of loans in unsecured lending, and a decline of total CAR to 9.3% in the same year (vs the minimum requirement of 10.5% in the same year). We are surprised that the regulators did not step in until it was confirmed that 6 out of Baoshang's top 10 debtors had already defaulted on their debt obligations.