About the programme
The Asian Banker has been publishing the Strongest Banks based on balance sheet strength, the world's first and credible annual ranking,since 2007.
We use a detailed and transparent scorecard to evaluate the ranking. The scorecard entails six areas of balance sheet financial performance: the ability to scale, balance sheet growth, risk profile, profitability, asset quality and liquidity.
The purpose of the ranking is to assist counter-party banks and corporates,in taking a view of the quality of the institutions under our coverage, for credit, transactional and trade purposes. The ranking gives a bird eye view of the institutions’ balance growth and profitability against the vagaries of economic conditions.
The countries covered in the Strongest Banks across the Asia Pacific include Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
The countries evaluated in the Strongest Banks in the Middle East including Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and UAE.
The countries assessed for Strongest Banks in Africa include banks and financial holding companies in Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria, and South Africa. More countries will be added as we expand coverage.
The countries covered for Russia and Central Asia include Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
The countries covered for the Strongest Banks in the Indian Sub-continent include Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.
We will be introducing the Strongest Banks in the Silk Road Trade and Investment Regions, which includes Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
Our ranking for Strongest Banks in China are by provinces and bank categories, including strongest big four banks, strongest national joint-stock bank, strongest provincial bank, strongest city commercial bank, strongest rural bank, strongest rural credit cooperative.
The assessment covers both banks and financial holding companies with significant activity in commercial and transaction banking. The evaluation does not include central banks, policy banks or finance companies. The strength rankings are especially useful for augmenting assessment criteria for counter-party and balance sheet risks.
The Evaluation Criteria
This evaluation criteria were set based on a rigorous quantitative assessment of the financial performance of banks in the regions we cover during the year under review. We evaluate performance through six crucial indicators weighted by their relative importance: (1) Scale of the banks’ assets relative to domestic gross domestic product (GDP), (2) Balance sheet growth of net loans and deposits, (3) Risk management of the banks’ operations, (4) Profitability and its sustainability, (5) Strength and credibility of loans disbursed and (6) Liquidity of assets to meet adverse events requiring cash outflow.
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