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Credit Card Lending Survey Results For Third Quarter 2003

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) announced today (Wednesday) the results of its survey on credit card lending for the third quarter of 2003.

The amount charged off in the third quarter decreased for the fourth consecutive quarter to HK$1.33 billion or 2.46% of average receivables during the quarter. Assuming the rate of charge-off is maintained for the next three quarters, the "annualised" ratio will be 9.85% compared with 11.60% in the previous quarter, the lowest level since the first quarter of 2002. The delinquency ratio also fell to 1.23% from 1.27%.

The total number of credit card accounts increased slightly by 0.2%. Total receivables was largely unchanged in the third quarter, following the transfer of about HK$218 million restructured receivables outside the credit card portfolio. A total of HK$258 million or 0.5% of total credit card receivables was restructured during the quarter.

The rollover amount, which reflects the amount of "borrowing" customers using their credit cards, fell for the sixth consecutive quarter to HK$28.8 billion from HK$29.0 billion as at end-June 2003 and represents 53.3% of total receivables.

"The improvement in the quality of the credit card portfolio can be explained by the continued debt rescheduling arrangements and the recent improvement in the employment situation," commented Mr William Ryback, Deputy Chief Executive of the HKMA. "Despite the improvement, banks should remain prudent when issuing new cards."

For further enquiries, please contact:

Jasmin Fung, Manager (Press), at 2878 8246 or
Kevin Ip, Manager (Press), at 2878 1687

Hong Kong Monetary Authority
19 November 2003

Annex

Survey on Credit Card Lending

 Q3 02Q4 02Q1 03Q2 03Q3 03
Total number of accounts at period-end ('000) 9,173 8,865 8,804 8,732 8,747
Quarterly change (%) -1.6 -3.4 -0.7 -0.8 +0.2
Yearly change (%) +9.2 -2.6 -4.7 -6.4 -4.7
Total receivables at period-end (HK$ Mn) 59,183 59,247 54,567 53,985 53,974
Quarterly change (%) -1.8 +0.1 -7.9 -1.1 -0.0
Yearly change (%)1 +4.7 -4.5 -9.6 -10.4 -8.8
Average total receivables (HK$ Mn) 1 ( a ) 59,722 59,215 56,907 54,276 53,980
 
Delinquent amount > 90 days (HK$ Mn) 779 756 685 688 662
 
Delinquency ratio (%) 1.32 1.28 1.25 1.27 1.23
 
Charge-off amount (HK$ Mn)2 ( b ) 2,359 2,237 1,757 1,574 1,329
 
Charge-off ratios3
- quarterly % ( c = b / a ) 3.95 3.78 3.09 2.90 2.46
- quarterly %, annualised 14.554 13.454 11.824 11.60 9.85
- year-to-date %, annualised 12.75 13.25 12.35 11.77 10.98
Rollover amount (HK$ Mn) 33,081 32,076 30,391 29,019 28,764
Rollover ratio (%) 55.9 54.1 55.7 53.8 53.3

 

Note:

  1. Average during period (calculated as [opening stock + closing stock]/2 )
  2. Flow during period
  3. Calculated as flow during period as percentage of average receivables during period
  4. Excluding certain charge-offs which will not be repeated in subsequent quarters and which it would not therefore be appropriate to annualise. The year-to-date figures are not similarly adjusted.

 

Survey on the Banking Sector's Credit Card Lending

Notes to Press Release

  1. This survey covers authorized institutions (AIs) and some subsidiaries of AIs that are engaged in credit card business. It does not cover card issuers that are not AI-related.
  2. Credit card receivables in the survey refer to credit card receivables from individual credit cardholders.
  3. The  delinquency ratio is measured by the total amount of credit card receivables overdue for more than 90 days and remaining unpaid at the last day of the reporting month as a percentage of total credit card receivables. Credit card receivables are classified as overdue when a payment is past due on the last day of the reporting month (see also Note 6 below). The delinquency ratio provides an early indication of the quality of the credit card portfolio.
  4. Charge-off amount refers to the total amount of credit card receivables written off the loan book during a period (irrespective of when a charge is made to the profit and loss account, which may be earlier if it is the institution's policy to create provisions at an earlier time than the amount is written off). Charge-off policies vary from institution to institution. Normally, an account will be written off when the receivable has been overdue for more than 180 days or when the ultimate repayment of the receivable is unlikely (e.g. the cardholder is bankrupt or cannot be located).

    The quarterly annualised ratio foreshadows the extent of charge-offs that would be experienced if the current quarter's charge-off ratio were to be sustained for the next three quarters. The year-to-date ratio tracks the actual charge-offs to date and is annualised for purposes of comparison.
  5. The delinquency and the charge-off ratios are complementary to each other. The former takes into account those credit card receivables that at the reporting date had been overdue for more than 90 days but had not yet been written off. It is therefore an indicator of future charge-offs. The latter captures those receivables that were written off during the specified period because they were seriously overdue (e.g. for more than 180 days) plus those written off earlier than 180 days because they were considered irrecoverable (e.g. because the borrower has gone into bankruptcy).
  6. Rollover amount, representing "borrowing", is the amount within total receivables in respect of which the cardholder has not fully repaid the statement balance but has at least made the minimum amount of payment required by the authorized institution. It does not include amounts that are overdue. An account is overdue when the minimum payment is not made upon the due date.
  7. Rollover ratio refers to the percentage of total rollover amounts to total credit card receivables. While total receivables relate to the month-end position, total rollover amounts are based on balances recorded at the statement date.
Last revision date: 1 August 2011
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