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Rating Action:

Moody's changes to negative outlook of Hong Kong and Macau subsidiaries of Chinese banks; affirms ratings

 The document has been translated in other languages

02 Mar 2016

Hong Kong, March 02, 2016 -- Moody's Investors Service has today changed to negative from stable the rating outlook for the Hong Kong and Macau subsidiaries of Chinese banks.

At the same time, Moody's has affirmed the baseline credit assessments (BCA), adjusted BCAs, counterparty risk assessments (CR assessments), and all ratings of these banks at their current levels.

Nanyang Commercial Bank, Ltd.'s (deposits A1 review for downgrade, BCA baa1 review for downgrade) ratings are currently on review for downgrade, and its ratings are not impacted by today's rating action.

Today's actions follow similar rating actions on these banks' Mainland Chinese parents and the change in outlook to negative from stable for the Chinese government (Aa3 negative). Please refer to press release of rating action on China and these banks' Mainland parents dated March 2, 2016.

Outlooks, which provide an opinion on likely rating direction over the medium term, are assigned only to banks' long-term deposit, issuer and senior unsecured debt ratings.

Moody's has changed the Macro Profile for Macau to "Moderate+" from "Strong." The change of Macau's Macro Profile has led Moody's to reassess Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (Macau) Ltd's financial factors and standalone BCAs. The bank's BCA is not immediately affected by this Macro Profile change, although there exists some downward pressure on the bank's standalone profile.

The list of affected ratings follows at the end of the press release.

RATINGS RATIONALE

The change in outlook to negative for the Hong Kong and Macau subsidiaries of Chinese banks reflects the change to negative outlook on their parents' ratings and the Chinese sovereign rating.

The change in the Chinese sovereign rating outlook to negative indicates that the Chinese government's ability to support financial institutions on a broad basis could be weaker than we had previously assessed.

A primary driver in the change in the Chinese government's outlook is concern that the government's balance sheet is exposed to growing contingent liabilities to support financial institutions as well as other entities such as state-owned enterprises and regional local governments in times of stress. The government's growing contingent liabilities suggest that support from the Chinese government for financial institutions and state-owned enterprises will be prioritized based on relative importance of each entity.

The Hong Kong and Macau subsidiaries' long-term deposit and senior unsecured debt ratings incorporate uplift from indirect Chinese government support, which flows through their parents. Therefore, their rating outlook is affected by the change in outlook for the Chinese government (Aa3, negative).

In addition, growing economic and financial integration between Mainland China and Hong Kong/Macau has led to increased Mainland exposures for these banks.

Therefore, the rating actions also take into account the potential adverse impact on asset quality for these banks, given the weakness in macroeconomic conditions in China and likely spillovers into Hong Kong and Macau.

MACRO PROFILE CHANGE

The change in Moody's assessment of Macau's Macro Profile to "Moderate+" from "Strong" takes into account the sharp slowdown in the territory's economic growth in 2014 and 2015 due to a decline in gross gaming revenues and the likely persistence of such trend into 2016. Risks associated with the territory's fast credit growth, declining property prices, its small economy and high dependence on the gaming industry also weigh negatively on the territory's Macro Profile.

In view of the negative outlook, Moody's does not expect any upward rating pressures for the Hong Kong and Macau subsidiaries of Chinese banks. Their outlook could be revised to stable if macroeconomic conditions in China, Hong Kong, and Macau improve, and these banks maintain sound financial metrics.

The affected banks' ratings could be downgraded if their parents' ratings are downgraded. Their ratings could also be downgraded if their fundamentals weaken, as evidenced by a more challenging operating environment and/or deteriorating financial metrics.

LIST OF AFFECTED RATINGS

Issuer: Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited

.... BCA affirmed at a2

.... Adjusted BCA affirmed at a2

.... CR Assessment affirmed at Aa2(cr)/P-1(cr)

.... Deposit rating affirmed at Aa3/P-1

.... Commercial paper affirmed at P-1

.... Senior unsecured debt affirmed at Aa3

.... Senior unsecured MTN program affirmed at (P)Aa3

.... Subordinate debt affirmed at A3

.... Subordinated MTN program affirmed at (P)A3

. Outlook for the bank is revised to negative from stable

Issuer: Chiyu Banking Corporation, Ltd.

.... BCA affirmed at a3

.... Adjusted BCA affirmed at a2

.... CR Assessment affirmed at Aa3(cr)/P-1(cr)

.... Deposit rating affirmed at A1/P-1

. Outlook for the bank is revised to negative from stable

Issuer: China Construction Bank (Asia) Corp. Ltd.

.... BCA affirmed at baa1

.... Adjusted BCA affirmed at baa1

.... CR Assessment affirmed at A1(cr)/P-1(cr)

.... Deposit rating affirmed at A2/P-1

.... Deposit note/CD program affirmed at (P)A2/(P)P-1

.... Senior unsecured debt affirmed at A2

.... Senior unsecured MTN program affirmed at (P)A2

.... Basel III-compliant subordinate debt affirmed at Baa2(hyb)

.... Other short term affirmed at (P)P-1

. Outlook for the bank is revised to negative from stable

Issuer: Industrial & Comm'l Bank of China (Asia) Ltd.

.... BCA affirmed at baa1

.... Adjusted BCA affirmed at baa1

.... CR assessment affirmed at A1(cr)/P-1(cr)

.... Deposit rating affirmed at A2/P-1

.... Commercial paper affirmed at P-1

.... Other short term affirm at (P)P-1

.... Senior unsecured debt affirmed at A2

.... Senior unsecured MTN program affirmed at (P)A2

.... Subordinate debt affirmed at Baa2

.... Subordinate MTN program affirmed at (P)Baa2

. Outlook for the bank is revised to negative from stable

Issuer: Wing Lung Bank Limited

.... BCA affirmed at baa1

.... Adjusted BCA affirmed at baa1

.... CR Assessment affirmed at A2(cr)/P-1(cr)

.... Deposit rating affirmed at A3/P-2

.... Senior unsecured MTN program affirmed at (P)A3

.... Subordinate debt affirmed at Baa2

.... Subordinate MTN program affirmed at (P)Baa2

. Outlook for the bank is revised to negative from stable

Issuer: China CITIC Bank International Limited

.... BCA affirmed at baa2

.... Adjusted BCA affirmed at baa2

.... CR Assessment affirmed at A3(cr)/P-2(cr)

.... Deposit rating affirmed at Baa1/P-2

.... Deposit note affirmed at Baa1

.... Deposit note/CD program affirmed at (P)Baa1/(P)P-2

.... Senior unsecured MTN program affirmed at (P)Baa1

.... Subordinate debt affirmed at Baa3

.... Subordinate MTN program affirmed at (P)Baa3

.... Junior subordinate MTN program affirmed at (P)Ba1

.... Non-cumulative preferred stock affirmed at Ba2(hyb)

. Outlook for the bank is revised to negative from stable

Issuer: Industrial & Comm'l Bank of China (Macau) Ltd

.... BCA affirmed at baa3

.... Adjusted BCA affirmed at baa2

.... CR Assessment affirmed at A1(cr)/P-1(cr)

.... Deposit rating affirmed at A2/P-1

.... Deposit note/CD program affirmed at (P)A2/(P)P-1

. Outlook for the bank is revised to negative from stable

The principal methodology used in these ratings was Banks published in January 2016. Please see the Ratings Methodologies page on www.moodys.com for a copy of this methodology.

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For any affected securities or rated entities receiving direct credit support from the primary entity(ies) of this credit rating action, and whose ratings may change as a result of this credit rating action, the associated regulatory disclosures will be those of the guarantor entity. Exceptions to this approach exist for the following disclosures, if applicable to jurisdiction: Ancillary Services, Disclosure to rated entity, Disclosure from rated entity.

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Please see www.moodys.com for any updates on changes to the lead rating analyst and to the Moody's legal entity that has issued the rating.

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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.

Sonny Hsu, CFA
Vice President - Senior Analyst
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
SUBSCRIBERS: (852) 3551-3077

Sherry Zhang
Analyst
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
SUBSCRIBERS: (852) 3551-3077

Stephen Long
MD - Financial Institutions
Financial Institutions Group
JOURNALISTS: (852) 3758 -1350
SUBSCRIBERS: (852) 3551-3077

Releasing Office:
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JOURNALISTS: (852) 3758 -1350
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Moody's changes to negative outlook of Hong Kong and Macau subsidiaries of Chinese banks; affirms ratings
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