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Asia’s Banks Must Brace for Worsening Storm, McKinsey Says

After years of rapid expansion, banks in the region are now seeing their revenue and profit growth slow and global market share shrink, the New York-based consultancy wrote in a report. Tighter margins, declining asset quality and rising capital costs are putting pressure on lenders to partner or merge to boost productivity and scale.

“Many banks will struggle as the storm worsens,” McKinsey wrote. “The road ahead is difficult, and less efficient banks will disappear.’

Banks will need to use technology to improve efficiency and fend off the threat from “digital attackers’’ such as Alibaba and Google, according to the report. Fintech companies may extend their ability to collect deposits and make loans, further eroding the market share of the region’s banks, it said.

Such firms are also squeezing margins of traditional lenders because they don’t have to manage costly brick-and-mortar branches, said Joydeep Sengupta, one of the report’s authors and a senior partner at McKinsey in Singapore.