RETAIL BANKING | Staff Reporter, Vietnam

Vietnamese banks gun for greater market share of consumer finance pie

The local market is expected to be worth $44b by 2020.

A growing number of Vietnamese banks are planning to establish dedicated consumer finance arms as they jostle for greater market share of the market which could be worth around $44b by 2020, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

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Orient Commercial Bank is mulling the establishment of a wholly-owned subsidiary with $22m (VND500b) charter capital or acquire at least 70% in an existing finance company this year, whilst Southeast Asia Commercial Bank has acquired Posts and Telecommunications Finance Company for nearly $31.3m (VND710b).

Some banks have also resorted to looking for strategic foreign partners after closing deals to buy finance companies.

The consumer finance market is expected to maintain a healthy growth trajectory in Vietnam as consumer lending continues to climb after rising 65% in 2017 from 50.2% in 2016.

The ratio of consumer credit to total outstanding loans in the country's banking system rose from 12.3% in 2016 to 18% in 2017. 

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