Analyst Note| Iris Tan, CFA |
We maintain our fair value estimates for the majority of our Chinese bank coverage after the media reported an increasing number of homebuyers across China are refusing to repay mortgage loans for delayed projects. While we expect the imminent impact on banks' credit quality is small, the news reflects challenging liquidity conditions for private developers and weak consumer confidence. We believe this may lead to a weak recovery of the wealth management business—especially for private bank business—as investors are likely to have little mood for financial products linked to the property sector. Hence, we modestly lower fair value estimates for the two retail-oriented banks China Merchants Bank, or CMB, to HKD 68 from HKD 70 per share; and Ping An Bank, or PAB, to CNY 24 from CNY 26 per share, to factor in lower wealth-management-related income growth in 2022.