HDBank to pay 25 percent dividend in shares, Moody's raises credit rating

The Ho Chi Minh City Development Joint Stock Commercial Bank (HoSE: HDBank) has announced plans to increase its charter capital to more than VND20.273 trillion (US$879.48 million) by paying dividends for 2020 in shares and an employee stock option plan.
June 07, 2021 | 11:40

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM - Media OutReach - 7 June 2021 - According to information published by the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange on June 4, the HDBank board of directors approved the plan to hike the charter capital in 2021 as approved at the bank's annual general meeting in April.

The Bank will increase its charter capital by VND3.984 trillion ($172.83 million) by issuing more than 398 million shares as dividends for 2020 at a rate of 25 percent from undistributed profits.

The lender will also issue 20 million shares to employees (ESOP).

The HDB share closed on June 3 at VND35,800 with a lot of foreign buying.

In the first quarter, HDBank reported a pre-tax profit of more than VND 2.1 trillion ($91.1 million), an increase of 68 percent year-on-year, with income from services by more than 98 percent.

HDBank's return on equity and return on assets increased strongly to 26.3 percent and 2.1 percent, its capital adequacy ratio (based on Basel II standards) was over 12 percent while its standalone bad debts ratio was only 1.1 percent.

The Bank is considered to have high growth potential, with great potential in bancassurance, consumer finance, credit cards, and services. HDBank is one of the few banks not to have signed an exclusive distribution agreement with any life insurance company and is currently the focus of intense attention of many major players.

International credit rating agency Moody's Investors Service recently upgraded HDBank's outlook from "stable" to "positive". The positive outlook reflects Moody's view that improvements in asset quality over recent years, which could translate into lower credit costs and higher profitability, could raise the Bank's Baseline Credit Assessments over the next 12 - 18 months.

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