Maximize the Value, GO for Dah Sing

Fitch Ratings: Weaker Environment Exacerbates Challenges for APAC Banks

Bank ratings in China, Hong Kong, Korea and Singapore remain stable, reflecting either external support (sovereign or institutional) or the banks' intrinsic financial profiles having adequate buffers at current rating levels to weather expected deterioration in 2020. Nevertheless, downside risks exist, due to external challenges and, in Hong Kong's case, an economy hit hard by social unrest. Increasing exposure to faster-growing emerging markets is likely to add to pressure, but this may only become more evident when the operating environment is less benign. This is also the case for Japanese banks, and comes on top of structural challenges to their domestic operations, which are likely to continue dragging on earnings and internal capital generation.