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Commercial banks race to increase charter capital   2008-09-30 - VNA

Commercial joint stock banks in Vietnam are in a rush to increase their charter capitals to meet the government’s deadline for them on minimum charter capital by late this year.

The Government’s Decree No. 141, issued in 2006, required that all commercial joint stock banks must have a minimum charter capital of 1,000 billion VND by December 31, 2008 and 3,000 billion VND by December 31, 2010.

At present, many commercial joint stock banks, including Dai A, Thai Binh Duong, Dai Tin, Gia Dinh, Kien Long, De Nhat, Bac A and My Xuyen, are yet to meet the required level, but all of them have had specific plans to increase the charter capital, including issuing shares for strategic partners, existing shareholders, and staff.

The Global Petrol Commercial Joint Stock Bank (PG Bank) has approved its 2008 charter capital increase plan with the support from its two large shareholders, namely the Vietnam National Petroleum Corporation (Petrolimex) and the Saigon Securities Company. The Kien Long Commercial Joint Stock Bank (Kienlong Bank) has planned to sell 42 million shares, with 40 million offering to existing shareholders and 2 million for the bank’s staff.
The De Nhat Bank has submitted to the State Bank of Vietnam a plan to raise its charter capital to 1,000 billion VND from the current 600 billion VND while the Dai A Bank is preparing to sell shares to its existing shareholders.

Meanwhile, small-sized banks and those have just transformed from rural to urban commercial joint stock banks are forecast to face difficulties in raising their charter capitals due to the slowdown trend of the stock market, which makes potential investors to think twice about pouring their money into banking stocks.

However, raising charter capital is still considered one of the most effective measures to raise banks’ capacity and competitiveness under increased pressure from foreign banks. Therefore, many commercial banks, which have already met the capital requirement, have also embarked on large-scale expansion plans.

The Vietnam Technological and Commercial Bank (Techcombank) has completed its second plant within this year to raise its capital from 2,524 billion VND to 3,165 billion VND. Meanwhile, the Asian Commercial Bank (ACB) has received approval for its plan to raise charter capital to over 5,800 billion VND, making it the second largest commercial joint stock bank in Vietnam in terms of charter capital, after the Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam (VCB).

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