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ANZ Offloads Shanghai Bank Stake

ANZ Offloads Shanghai Bank StakeANZ Offloads Shanghai Bank Stake

The Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Bank agreed to sell its stake in Shanghai Rural Commercial Bank for $1.32 billion as it continues to offload Asian assets as part of a restructure, AFP reported. ANZ said Chinese shipping giant COSCO and Shanghai Sino-Poland Enterprise would each take 10% of its 20% holding. The move is part of the bank simplifying its business, having announced the sale in October of its retail and wealth management arms in five Asian countries to Singapore’s DBS. “As we have previously stated, the sale reflects our strategy to simplify our business and improve capital efficiency,” ANZ Deputy Chief Executive Graham Hodges said Tuesday. “The sale will also allow us to focus our resources on our institutional banking business in Asia.” All of Australia’s big banks are battling higher funding costs, lower interest margins and rising bad-debt charges, with ANZ aiming to not only have a simpler business but also become better capitalized.


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