Monday, November 12th 2012 - 05:29 UTC

China’s and the world largest bank takes control of Argentine institution

Argentina has given approval for the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China to take control of the local operations of South Africa's Standard Bank following a 600 million dollars deal last year, the Chinese lender said on Sunday.

ICBC has assets totalling 154.4 billion dollars

ICBC, the world's biggest bank by market value, will take 80% of commercial lender Standard Bank Argentina and its two affiliates, asset manager Standard Investments and commercial service provider Inversora Diagnol. Standard Bank will have its stake in all three firms reduced to 20%.

The agreement had already received approval from the South African Reserve bank and by the Chinese Banking Regulatory Commission.

This makes ICBC the first Chinese lender to enter Latin America's third-largest economy, where President Cristina Fernandez ordered banks in July to lend nearly 15 billion pesos 3.1 billion dollars by year-end to finance investment in production.

The Argentine investment by ICBC is a response to Beijing's call for its state-owned enterprises to expand overseas. The bank's overseas assets rose 21.5% to 154.5 billion dollars at the end of September, and had a non-performing loan ratio of 0.45%, it said in a statement. By comparison, ICBC overall NPL ratio was 0.87% at the end of September.

The local Standard Bank was made up of 25% belonging to the Argentine families Werthein and Sielecki and the rest with Standard Bank South Africa. Under the deal the Argentines sell their full share and the South Africans 55% of their 75%.

In a release the bank said that all 99 branches and staff (3.248) will continue operating normally and serving the 911.000 individual clients; 30.000 companies and 1.500 corporations.

ICBC has 16.825 branches in China, 252 international subsidiaries and 1.591 correspondent banks worldwide plus a range or electronic and telephone financial services. According to June 2012 data ICBC has 4.37 million corporations as clients and 292 million individual clients.

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1 Troy Tempest (#) Nov 12th, 2012 - 06:31 am Report abuse
Wow, China !!!
She better not screw around with THESE guys...
2 LEPRecon (#) Nov 12th, 2012 - 07:06 am Report abuse
@1 -Troy

My thoughts exactly.

If CFK tries to steal from China the results won't be pleasant.

However, on the other hand, Argentina needs this kind of investment badly, and good luck to them.

Only a deluded meglamaniac would do something stupid like try to renationalise it once it starts making money...Oh... ;)
3 Captain Poppy (#) Nov 12th, 2012 - 02:42 pm Report abuse
I wonder what dialect the argentines will start learning?....Mandarin...Cantonese, Hakku, Wu and Min, Xiang and Gan and the main ones they should focus on.
4 Condorito (#) Nov 12th, 2012 - 08:15 pm Report abuse
Cue: Darth Vader death march.

One of the good things about China encroaching on the USA’s turf, is that all those that have despised the USA’s hegemony are going to learn that the phrase “trabajar como Chino” actually means something.
5 Captain Poppy (#) Nov 12th, 2012 - 09:23 pm Report abuse
True story.....a CHinese factory screwed up and a supply of tainted baby formula made it to the USA. A lot of baby's became very ill. It was traced back to the factory. It was lack of standards. On day one of the investigation they accused the plant manager, day 2 they convicted, day 3 they excuted with a single bullet throught the head. They will get all they want in the Chinese.
6 Troy Tempest (#) Nov 12th, 2012 - 09:47 pm Report abuse

I remember that story.

Many many babies became ill in China.
Several died.

Formula was found to be contaminated with Melamine.

Factory was dealt with severely.

Meanwhile, the world is being flooded with Chinese counterfeit products and cheap copies.

Not only are the legitimate products and companies undermined, but unsafe goods are produced and sold to unknowing buyers.
7 briton (#) Nov 13th, 2012 - 12:07 am Report abuse
Argentina has sold her soul,
And will be duly punished,

Except CFK of course,
She will retire and leg it with her billions…
8 Captain Poppy (#) Nov 13th, 2012 - 01:21 am Report abuse
Exactly Troy.....everyone flocked to China because of the lack of standards. They are slowly implementing modern and safety standards and that coupled with fuel shortages, China is no longer a hot spot. Too expensive to deal with, and the politics.
But the point is, China does not play when it comes to handing out penalties. Argentina has no idea what she did, but then she does not care, how much went into her personal pockets.
9 British_Kirchnerist (#) Nov 14th, 2012 - 10:50 pm Report abuse
#1 To play devils advocate, there is an element of Chinese culture that fears and reveres the “dragon lagy” =)
10 Captain Poppy (#) Nov 15th, 2012 - 12:43 am Report abuse
The dragon that what the Chinese are calling cuntina kirchner?

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