RETAIL BANKING | Roxanne Uy, China

BOCHK has the lowest LDR among peers in 1H12

Barclays believes Bank of China (Hong Kong) has capacity to increase lending and pull back from deposit competition.

The bank has a strong funding base and lower loan to deposit ratio (LDR) of 63% relative to local peers. Barclays forecasts LDR to rise progressively to 67% by FY14E.

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