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Rating Action:

Moody's affirms Aa2 long-term foreign currency and local currency deposit ratings of KDB Asia Ltd

08 Jul 2019

Hong Kong, July 08, 2019 -- Moody's Investors Service has affirmed the Aa2 foreign currency and local currency deposit ratings of KDB Asia Ltd.

The ratings outlook is stable.

A list of all affirmed ratings and assessments can be found at the end of this press release.

RATINGS RATIONALE

The Aa2 long-term foreign-currency and local currency deposit ratings of KDB Asia reflect (1) its baseline credit assessment (BCA) and Adjusted BCA of ba2; (2) two notches of uplift from Moody's Loss Given Failure (LGF) analysis, given the uplift provided by the volume of long-term borrowing from its parent Korea Development Bank (KDB, Aa2 stable, ba2); and (3) seven notches of uplift based on Moody's assessment of a government-backed level of support from the Korea government (Aa2 stable), which will flow through Korea Development Bank (KDB), in times of need.

Moody's government support assumption considers (1) KDB Asia's strategic importance to KDB's business in Asia; (2) the track record of timely capital injections from KDB; and (3) Article 32 of the KDB Act, which sets out the government's obligation to replenish any deficit should KDB's reserves prove insufficient. Although Article 32 of the KDB Act does not cover KDB Asia in strictly legal terms, Moody's nevertheless believes a government-backed level of support is appropriate since KDB's capitalization consolidates KDB Asia, and in light of the reputational risk to both entities as they share the KDB name and are both heavily reliant on market funding.

KDB Asia's BCA of ba2 reflects its parent's BCA, as well as KDB Asia's links with its parent.

Moreover, the ba2 BCA incorporates (1) the change in its macro profile to Strong- from Strong, to reflect its increasing loan exposures outside of Hong Kong and Korea, with for example China loans growing to 20% of total loans as of December 2018 from 9% as of December 2017; (2) the bank's high double digit loan growth, but with risks mitigated by syndicated loans to corporates with high credit ratings; (3) the bank's solid capitalization which Moody's expects will be maintained despite the strong asset growth resulting from the capital injections from KDB; (4) the bank's high reliance on interbank borrowing and CD issuance, with about 40% of its funding comprising long-term borrowing from KDB, which Moody's views as a stable sources of funding; and (5) the bank's strong liquidity.

KDB Asia expects to receive USD100 million in equity capital injections from KDB in 3Q 2019, and plans to maintain its total capital adequacy ratio above 20%.

WHAT COULD MOVE THE RATINGS -- UP/DOWN

KDB Asia's ratings may be upgraded if its parent's long-term debt and deposit ratings are upgraded. KDB's long-term debt and deposit ratings could be upgraded if (1) Korea's sovereign rating is upgraded; and (2) the deficiency guarantee in the KDB Act remains in force. The deficiency guarantee in the KDB Act requires the government to replenish any deficit if KDB's reserves prove insufficient to absorb annual net losses.

For KDB Asia, any changes in its liability structure and the resulting changes to the LGF-based uplift will not impact its deposit rating, because the government-backed level of support Moody's assumes for KDB Asia will result in its deposit rating being rated at the same level as that of KDB.

KDB Asia's ratings may be downgraded if (1) KDB's long-term debt and deposit ratings are downgraded (since KDB Asia's operations are closely linked with those of its parent and because the bank relies on funding from KDB, a repositioning of its parent's BCA would directly affect KDB Asia's BCA); (2) the bank's business deteriorates or its operations become less aligned with those of KDB; or (3) KDB Asia becomes less strategically important to KDB.

PRINCIPAL METHODOLOGY

The principal methodology used in these ratings was Banks published in August 2018. Please see the Rating Methodologies page on www.moodys.com for a copy of this methodology.

KDB Asia Ltd. is headquartered in Hong Kong. It reported assets of USD1,748 million as of year-end 2018.

List of ratings affirmed:

BCA and adjusted BCA affirmed at ba2

Long-term foreign currency and local currency deposit ratings affirmed at Aa2 with stable outlook

Long-term foreign currency and local currency deposit Note/CD Program ratings affirmed at (P)Aa2

Long-term foreign currency deposit note/CD rating affirmed at Aa2 with stable outlook

Long-term counterparty risk assessment affirmed at Aa2(cr)

Long-term foreign currency and local currency counterparty risk ratings affirmed at Aa2

Short-term foreign currency and local currency counterparty risk ratings affirmed at P-1

Short-term foreign currency and local currency deposit ratings affirmed at P-1

Short-term counterparty risk assessment affirmed at P-1(cr)

Outlook is stable

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The first name below is the lead rating analyst for this Credit Rating and the last name below is the person primarily responsible for approving this Credit Rating.

Sophia Lee, CFA
VP - Senior Credit Officer
Financial Institutions Group
Moody's Investors Service Hong Kong Ltd.
24/F One Pacific Place
88 Queensway
Hong Kong
China (Hong Kong S.A.R.)
JOURNALISTS: 852 3758 1350
Client Service: 852 3551 3077

Minyan Liu, CFA
Associate Managing Director
Financial Institutions Group
JOURNALISTS: 852 3758 1350
Client Service: 852 3551 3077

Releasing Office:
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24/F One Pacific Place
88 Queensway
Hong Kong
China (Hong Kong S.A.R.)
JOURNALISTS: 852 3758 1350
Client Service: 852 3551 3077

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