LENDING & CREDIT | Staff Reporter, Thailand

Chart of the Week: Check out the breakdown of Thai banks' bad loans

New NPL formation dropped to 66.4% of total bad loans in 2017.

An aggressive portfolio cleanup by Thai banks have shed a considerable amount of non-performing loans (NPLs) in recent years as NPL ratio clocked in at a stable 2.9% in Q1 which has stayed at that level since last year, according to BMI Research.

New NPL formation as a share of total stressed assets also dropped from 70% in 2016 to 66.4% in 2017 as it approaches the 65.9% level seen in 2013.  

"Given that NPLs typically lag economic performance by 18-24 months, we believe that the rate of NPL formation will likely decrease in the coming quarters as the economic recovery that began in 2016 begins to feed through," BMI added. 

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Large institutional investors are mulling acquiring or establishing licensed platforms in preparation for future loan trades to shave off Thailand's bad loan problem, according to a report from Deloitte. 

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More recently there have been a few small deals in the market including Apollo’s acquisition of CSG, Bain’s acquisition of Standard Chartered’s NPL business and SSG’s acquisition of a loan servicing platform from GE Capital.

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