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DBS CEO says Evergrande doesn’t pose systemic risk to Asia banks

DBS Chief Executive Officer Piyush Gupta listens during their fourth quarter earnings announcement in Singapore February 22, 2016. DBS Group Holdings, Singapore's biggest lender, posted a 20 percent rise in quarterly profit that beat expectations, as its net interest margin rose to a five-year high. REUTERS/Edgar Su
DBS Group has no exposure to debt-laden China Evergrande, CEO Piyush Gupta said. (PHOTO: REUTERS/Edgar Su) (Edgar Su / reuters)

By Chanyaporn Chanjaroen and Haslinda Amin

(Bloomberg) — DBS Group Holdings Ltd. has no exposure to debt-laden China Evergrande Group and doesn’t see the crisis that’s enveloping the Chinese developer as a systemic risk to the region’s banking industry, its chief executive officer said Monday.

“I don’t think a lot of Asian banks have a lot of exposure,” Piyush Gupta said in an interview with Bloomberg Television. “I don’t think it’s going to destroy the Asian banking industry.” China’s domestic banks hold a lot of the exposure, he said.

Global financial markets are bracing for a potential collapse of Evergrande, which is buckling under more than US$300 billion in liabilities. The company is China’s largest issuer of high-yield dollar-denominated bonds, and bills are coming due to an array of banks and suppliers.

While Singapore banks are not Evergrande’s principal bankers, broader or systemic China concerns may hit their shares, Citigroup Inc. analysts led by Robert Kong said in a note on Sept. 23.

© 2021 Bloomberg L.P.