HDBank to pay dividend at a rate of 65 percent

The Ho Chi Minh City Development Joint Stock Commercial Bank (HOSE: HDB) plans to pay a dividend of 65 percent for 2019, 50 percent in stocks and 15 percent in bonus shares.
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Hanoi (VNS/VNA) - The Ho Chi Minh City Development Joint Stock Commercial Bank (HOSE: HDB) plans to pay a dividend of 65 percent for 2019, 50 percent in stocks and 15 percent in bonus shares.

The lender announced this at its annual general meeting in HCM City on June 13.

The charter capital of HDBank, as it is known, will increase from the current 9.8 trillion VND to nearly 16 trillion VND after the dividend payment.

The bank aims to increase its charter capital to meet the State Bank of Vietnam’s requirements to improve its financial capacity to develop its client network, expand market share and business scale, diversify banking services, and improve risk management capability.

The bank also aims to supplement its medium- and long-term capital, enhance its infrastructure, and build a headquarter with a modern information technology system.

This year HDBank expects its total assets to increase by 33 percent to 305 trillion VND, deposits to 275 trillion VND, up 35 percent, and loans outstanding to 178 trillion VND. It targets an increase of 13 percent in pre-tax profit.

Return on assets and return on equity will remain at high levels of 1.69 percent and 20.02 percent.

To achieve the targets, this year, besides credit growth and expansion of its network, HDBank will also focus on increasing income from services and cross-selling products and offering new products and services to customers.

According to Le Thi Bang Tam, its chairwoman, 2020 is a key year in the bank’s five-year (2017-2021) development plan.

“HDBank identified 2020 as the year to accelerate digital transformation, enhance technology application on the big data platform and digitise processes, distribution channels, products and services, and its entire activity.

“This is a decisive innovation step in the context that the world is struggling to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, restore business activities and normalise social life.”

At the meeting the board of directors also submitted a plan to issue up to 1 billion USD worth of bonds in the international market in tranches.

The bond will have a minimum term of three years and a maximum of 10 and be issued to investors outside the US and listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange.

The bank also plans to issue 500 million USD worth of convertible bonds in the international or Vietnamese market with a term of five years in 2020 or 2021.

With its current scale, it is imperative for HDBank to participate in the international bond market, Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, the bank’s vice chairwoman, said.

“Currently, due to the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the governments of many countries have injected a lot of money into the international market at astonishingly low interest rates, even 0 percent. So we believe that this is an opportunity to mobilise capital for the bank's recovery plans and investment projects.”

Thao also revealed plans to convert HDBank’s consumer finance arm HDSAISON from a limited company to a joint stock company and launch an initial public offering.

At the meeting, the board of directors announced the dismissal of supervisory board member Nguyen Thi Phung, and her replacement by Duong Thi Thu.

It was also announced that the supervisory board for the 2017-2022 term would have a minimum of three members instead of the previous four.

In the first quarter of this year HDBank’s total consolidated operating income increased by 27.8 percent year-on-year to 3.15 trillion VND. Pre-tax profit rose by 13.5 percent to 1.25 trillion VND.

The non-performing loans ratio of the parent bank continued to be closely controlled, with its 0.98 percent rate placing it among the banks with the lowest ratios in the industry.

To mitigate COVID-19 risks, HDBank has adopted measures to ensure safe operations. Besides, it has rolled out credit packages to support SMEs, businesses that produce and distribute essential products and others in supply and distribution chains to help them overcome the tough situation.

In April 2020 Moody’s retained its B1 credit rating for HDBank though it had said earlier many banks were likely to have their ratings lowered.

It underlined HDBank’s stable financial capacity, low risk and long-term development opportunities.

Also in the first quarter HDBank was honoured as the best domestic bank in Vietnam by The Asset, Asia’s leading banking and finance magazine./.

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