Vietcombank’s profit skyrockets, Vietinbank’s falls

By Anh Tu, Minh Son   January 13, 2019 | 06:37 pm PT
Vietcombank’s profit skyrockets, Vietinbank’s falls
Vietcombank's 2018 profit before tax rose by 63.5 percent from 2017. Photo by Reuters
Two of Vietnam’s largest banks reported contrasting performances in 2018, with Vietcombank’s profits rising by 63.5 percent and Vietinbank’s falling by 27 percent.

Vietcombank, the largest listed bank by market capitalization, said profit before tax was VND18.02 trillion ($772.73 million) last year, up 63.5 percent over 2017.

Vietcombank earlier this month raised VND6.2 trillion ($265.86 million) from selling a 3 percent stake to foreign investors.

Singapore sovereign fund GIC bought 2.55 percent while Japan’s Mizuho Bank bought the remaining 0.45 percent to keep its 15 percent stake unchanged.

Nghiem Xuan Thanh, Vietcombank’s chairman, said at a recent conference his bank had achieved all its target last year.

Bad debts last year accounted for 0.97 percent of total loans and the bank hopes to keep it below 1 percent this year too.

Vietcombank plans to have its total asset value increased by 12 percent, and its capital mobilization up by 13 percent this year. 

Vietinbank, the fourth largest listed bank by market cap, saw profit before tax slip to VND6.7 trillion ($287.3 million) in 2018 from VND9.2 trillion ($394.5 million) in 2017.

Asset growth, credit growth and capital mobilization grew by 6-10 percent, lower than targeted.

The lender’s proposal to increase charter capital has not been approved.

Its chairman Le Duc Tho said increasing capital is "vital" since it has remained unchanged for years.

The State Bank of Vietnam owns 65 percent of the bank, while foreign ownership has reached the 30 percent cap.

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