This access to the market will enable Bank of Nanjing to finance its development in a sustainable way, in particular its geographical expansion, after having received the approval of the regulator to open branches outside its original local area earlier this year.
At the end of this operation, BNP Paribas' stake in Bank of Nanjing will go from 19.2% to 12.6%. This will have no effect on the existing partnership between the two banks. BNP Paribas and Bank of Nanjing will continue their cooperation, particularly in the fields of retail banking, consumer credit (through a partnership with Cetelem), and risk and organisation management. As the existing principal shareholders did not take part in the operation, BNP Paribas remains the second shareholder in Bank of Nanjing after Nanjing State-owned Asset Investment & Management Holding (group) Co.
Bank of Nanjing achieved excellent results in 2006, with an increase in all leading indicators. Its net banking income rose by 23% to RMB 1.515 million (USD 190 million) and its pre-tax profit was RMB 771 million (USD 97 million), up by 55% compared to 2005. Its operating ratio was 43.6%, an improvement of 2.4 bp.
About BNP Paribas
BNP Paribas (www.bnpparibas.com) is a European leader in banking and financial services, and ranks among the world's top 15 banks by market capitalization. It has 150 000 employees, almost 120 000 of whom are based in Europe. The group occupies leading positions in three significant fields of activity: Corporate and Investment Banking, Asset Management & Services and Retail Banking. It is present in 85 countries and has a strong presence in all the key financial centres. Present throughout Europe, in all its business lines, France and Italy are its two domestic markets in retail banking. BNP Paribas enjoys a significant and growing presence in the United States and leading positions in Asia and in emerging markets.
About Bank of Nanjing
Bank of Nanjing is based in the capital of the Jiangsu province in eastern China, around 300 km North West of Shanghai. At 31 December 2006, Bank of Nanjing was the 21st biggest commercial bank in China, with a total balance sheet of RMB 58.0 billion (USD 7.7 billion), loans outstanding of RMB 25.5 billion (USD 3.4 billion) and deposits under management of RMB 43.9 billion (USD 5.8 billion). The Bank of Nanjing comprises 60 branches and employs more than 1,500 people. It operates in the fields of corporate loans, trade finance, mortgage loans and share trading. BNP Paribas owns a 19.2% stake in Bank of Nanjing.