Total assets of banks in Vietnam stand at 522 billion USD hinh anh 1Assets of four large State-owned banks, including VietinBank, account for 41.76 percent of the banking system's total assets (Photo:
Hanoi (VNS/VNA) - 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 12.48 quadrillion VND (521.76 billion USD) compared to the end of last year.

The latest report released last week by the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) showed assets of four large State-owned banks, including Agribank, Vietcombank, VietinBank and BIDV, accounted for 41.76 percent of the total assets.

The report also showed total charter capital of the institutions by the end of Q1 2020 increased by 0.85 percent against the end of 2019 to 617.5 trillion VND, of which 145.1 trillion VND were from the four State-owned banks.

Equity capital of credit institutions and foreign banks’ branches in Vietnam reached 937.9 trillion VND.

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 USD (27 percent of their combined end-2019 equity) in meeting the SBV's Basel II minimum total capital adequacy ratio requirement of 8 percent. 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./.