Once-leading bank still struggling because of internal conflicts

26-Nov-2020 Intellasia | Vietnamnet | 6:02 AM Print This Post

The fight for power at Eximbank has not come to an end and the 10-year bottleneck still cannot be solved. Once again, the bank has convened a meeting of the general shareholders assembly.

Eximbank has announced the organisation of the 2020 meeting of the general shareholders assembly, slated for December 15 in Hanoi.

This is the fourth time that the bank has convened such a meeting after three failed attempts. The three tentative meetings were postponed because of different reasons, including Covid-19 and insufficient attendees.

Prior to that, the 2019 extraordinary shareholders’ meeting could not be organised successfully. The proposal of the two groups of strategic shareholders headed by Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (holding 15 percent of shares) and by Ngo Thi Thuy (more than 10 percent) was not realistic.

In 2019, Eximbank three times postpone its regular shareholders’ meeting because there were not enough shareholders registering to attend the meeting and the internal problems could not be solved.

In the last five years, Eximbank only successfully organised its shareholders’ meeting once, in 2018. However, the outcomes of the meeting later vanished into thin air.

The fight for power at Eximbank has pushed the bank into uncertainties over the last decade. This made its assets decrease dramatically and caused the bank to be behind, while other banks were making strong breakthroughs.

Eximbank fell into a state of nearly losing control for a long time as the management board has been unstable, with the chair posts changeable and the CEO post vacant.

Unable to organise shareholders’ meetings for the last two years, Eximbank’s business results in 2018 remain unclear. There is also no information about 2019, 2020 and other issues. The business results in 2019 and the business plan for 2020 still have not been approved by shareholders.

The most burning issue at Eximbank is the fight for the post of chair of the board of directors. At the meeting on June 25, Yasuhiro Saitoh, who was then deputy chair of Eximbank, was appointed as the chair of the board of directors to replace Cao Xuan Ninh, who resigned from his post.

However, just before the shareholders’ meeting planned to take place on June 30, the group of shareholders led by SMBC asked to dismiss Yasuhiro Saitoh. SMBC said the institution has stopped all the legal relations with the man since May 18, 2019. He is ineligible to represent SMBC to hold the posts at Eximbank.

Eximbank was a well known name in the ‘VND1 trillion club’, i.e. the club of the banks which got profits of VND1 trillion or more. But it has been sliding for many years.



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