Chong Hing Bank

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Chong Hing Bank
public listed company
IndustryFinancial services
Founded1948
HeadquartersHong Kong
Key people
Zhaoxing Zhang (Chairman),
Margaret Leung (Deputy chairman and managing director),
Lau Wai Man (chief executive officer),
Don Tit Shing Liu (Deputy chief executive officer)
ProductsDeposits, loans, credit cards, money markets
Revenue
  • IncreaseHK$276 million (Q1 2013)
Websitechbank.com
Chong Hing Bank
Traditional Chinese創興銀行
Simplified Chinese创兴银行
A Chong Hing Bank branch

Chong Hing Bank (Chinese: 創興銀行; SEHK1111) is a bank founded in Hong Kong in 1948. It is headquartered in Central, while the back offices are located in Western District and Mongkok. It was owned by the Liu family of Hong Kong until it was acquired by the Chinese state-owned Yue Xiu Group in 2014.

History[edit]

The bank was founded as Liu Chong Hing Bank in Hong Kong in 1948 by Liu Po-shan, who migrated to Hong Kong from Chiuchow shortly before the Japanese occupation of the territory began in 1942. He entered the property business and subsequently banking in 1948, working from an office on Wing Lok Street in Western. In 1955 the company became a savings bank with branches.[1]

It suffered a bank run for several days from 14 June 1961, which managing director Liu Po-sang blamed on "malicious rumours by rivals". The rumours said that the bank was under police investigation.[2] The panic partially subsided by 17 June 1961 after the Hong Kong Police affirmed that there was no such investigation and after the Chartered Bank and Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation released a joint statement attesting to the bank's integrity.[3] Some of Liu's sons – including Liu Lit-mo, Liu Lit-man, and Liu Lit-for – helped the bank weather the crisis.[4] The elder Liu died on 23 July 1961 at the age of 61.[5]

In 1972 the bank had nine branches and assets of HK$372 million.[6] It had grown to 19 branches by 1978.[7] Liu Chong Hing Bank was spun off from its parent Liu Chong Hing Investment in 1994. The Liu family is split up into three groups, each group under the main figures in the company.

On 29 November 2006, the shareholders of the Liu Chong Hing Bank agreed to change the name of the bank to Chong Hing Bank Limited effective 23 December 2006, to decrease the family business image of the bank.

In 2013 it was announced that Chong Hing Bank would be acquired by the Chinese state-owned Yue Xiu Group, the investment arm of the Canton municipal government.[8][9][10]

The acquisition was completed on 14 February 2014.[11] Yue Xiu Financial Holdings Limited (wholly owned by Guangzhou Yue Xiu Holdings Limited) now owns 75 per cent of the Chong Hing Bank. The bank dropped its previous logo, a stylised red "CH", which stood for Chong Hing. In its place it adopted the logo of Yue Xiu, a golden ligature of the letters "YE", which stand for Yue Xiu Group and the word "excellent", respectively.[12]

Margaret Leung was replaced as CEO by Zong Jianxin on 19 April 2017.[13]

Branches[edit]

The main branch is located on Des Voeux Road Central in Central, Hong Kong. As of March 2018, the bank has nine branches on Hong Kong Island, 16 in Kowloon, and 14 branches in the New Territories – bringing the total number of branches in Hong Kong to 39. It also has a small number of locations in China as well as an office in San Francisco.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "HK bank's rise from small start". South China Morning Post. 5 December 1973. p. 26.
  2. ^ "Another heavy run on local Chinese bank". South China Morning Post. 16 June 1961. p. 1.
  3. ^ "Run on bank subsides". South China Morning Post. 17 June 1961. p. 1.
  4. ^ Nguy, Dominique (27 July 2017). "Investment boss dies". The Standard.
  5. ^ "Liu Chong Hing Bank chief dies". South China Morning Post. 24 July 1961. p. 1.
  6. ^ "Bank reports profit of $10 million". South China Morning Post. 31 May 1972. p. 29.
  7. ^ "Construction hopes high". South China Morning Post. 7 June 1978. p. 31.
  8. ^ "Mainland state owned firm to buy Chong Hing Bank: report". The Standard. 7 August 2013. Archived from the original on 11 August 2014.
  9. ^ Li, Kanis (25 October 2013). "Doubts over Yue Xiu's 'expensive' acquisition of Chong Hing Bank". South China Morning Post.
  10. ^ Thomas, Denny (25 October 2013). "China's Yue Xiu to buy Hong Kong's Chong Hing Bank for $1.5 billion". Reuters.
  11. ^ "Bank Profile". Chong Hing Bank. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Change of Logo". Chong Hing Bank. 7 August 2014.
  13. ^ Nguy, Dominique (19 April 2017). "Chong Hing changes CEO". The Standard.
  14. ^ "Branches & Service Centres". Chong Hing Bank. Retrieved 20 March 2018.

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