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Minsheng Bank: Penetrating the US market through Acquisition                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Product Ref: 08/383C Company: China Minsheng Banking Corporation Limited

Product Type: Case Industry: Banks & Diversified Financials

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Founded in 1996, China Minsheng Banking Corporation Limited ("Minsheng") was the first private commercial bank in China. By 2006, Minsheng had acquired almost US$130 billion in total assets and established almost 330 banking offices across the nation. The Banker magazine consistently praised Minsheng's development, ranking it number 310 in its top 1,000 business banks in the world in 2004, number 287 in 2005, and number 247 in 2006.

In early March 2008, Minsheng obtained the green light from the China Banking Regulatory Commission to buy a 4.9% stake in US-based banking holding company, UCBH Holdings, Inc. ("UCBH") for US$95.7 million. The deal would eventually take Minsheng's stake in UCBH to 9.9%, totalling around US$200 million. The acquisition not only distinguished Minsheng as the first Chinese mainland institution to invest in a US bank, but was also viewed as a milestone for Chinese banks entering the US and international markets. On the flip side, UCBH would soon use this opportunity to make its own moves into China, leveraging its affiliation with Minsheng to acquire other Chinese banks.

This case examines the process of international expansion through acquisitions in the banking industry and the positioning of a growing bank in the global market, covering issues such as value creation, impact of government regulation and international barriers, the Chinese banking industry and its development, and the associated risks.
Functional Area : Finance & Investments
Strategy & General Management

Issues: Risks associated with acquisition, international expansion and governmental regulation
Length: 18 pages Country: China (People's Rep. of)
United States of America

Pub. Year: 2008 Level of Difficulty: 2
This product type is available in the following language(s):      English   Simplified Chinese
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