SEHK:3988

Stock Analysis Report

Executive Summary

Bank of China Limited, together with its subsidiaries, provides a range of banking and related financial services in the People’s Republic of China and internationally.


Snowflake Analysis

Flawless balance sheet 6 star dividend payer.


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Share Price & News

How has Bank of China's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?


Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: 3988 has not had significant price volatility in the past 3 months.


Market Performance


7 Day Return

-0.9%

3988

0.9%

HK Banks

0.6%

HK Market


1 Year Return

-11.6%

3988

-10.7%

HK Banks

-5.7%

HK Market

Return vs Industry: 3988 matched the Hong Kong Banks industry which returned -10.3% over the past year.

Return vs Market: 3988 underperformed the Hong Kong Market which returned -5.1% over the past year.


Shareholder returns

3988IndustryMarket
7 Day-0.9%0.9%0.6%
30 Day-1.8%-0.7%-0.8%
90 Day-0.3%-0.4%4.1%
1 Year-6.1%-11.6%-6.0%-10.7%-2.2%-5.7%
3 Year-5.0%-19.6%6.9%-7.8%13.8%2.3%
5 Year-5.4%-28.5%15.0%-11.8%14.8%-4.2%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is Bank of China's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?


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Valuation

Is Bank of China undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?

>50%

Undervalued compared to fair value


Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: 3988 (HK$3.22) is trading below our estimate of fair value (HK$8.2)

Significantly Below Fair Value: 3988 is trading below fair value by more than 20%.


Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: 3988 is good value based on its PE Ratio (4.8x) compared to the Banks industry average (5.8x).

PE vs Market: 3988 is good value based on its PE Ratio (4.8x) compared to the Hong Kong market (10.2x).


Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: 3988 is good value based on its PEG Ratio (1x)


Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: 3988 is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (0.6x) compared to the HK Banks industry average (0.5x).


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Future Growth

How is Bank of China forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 15 analysts?

4.8%

Forecasted annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts


Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: 3988's forecast earnings growth (4.9% per year) is above the savings rate (1.6%).

Earnings vs Market: 3988's earnings (4.9% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the Hong Kong market (11.8% per year).

High Growth Earnings: 3988's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.

Revenue vs Market: 3988's revenue (6.8% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the Hong Kong market (10.5% per year).

High Growth Revenue: 3988's revenue (6.8% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.


Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts


Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: 3988's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (10.6%).


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Past Performance

How has Bank of China performed over the past 5 years?

1.0%

Historical annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: 3988 has a high level of non-cash earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: 3988's current net profit margins (40.9%) are lower than last year (43.2%).


Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: 3988's earnings have grown by 1% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: 3988's earnings growth over the past year (3.6%) exceeds its 5-year average (1% per year).

Earnings vs Industry: 3988 earnings growth over the past year (3.6%) underperformed the Banks industry 3.6%.


Return on Equity

High ROE: 3988's Return on Equity (10.1%) is considered low.


Return on Assets


Return on Capital Employed


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Financial Health

How is Bank of China's financial position? (This company is analysed differently as a bank or financial institution)


Financial Position Analysis


Debt to Equity History and Analysis


Balance Sheet

Inventory Level: 3988 has a low level of unsold assets or inventory.

Debt Coverage by Assets: 3988's debt is covered by short term assets (assets are 1.5x debt).


Financial Institutions Analysis

Asset Level: 3988's level of assets compared to its equity is moderate.

Allowance for Bad Loans: 3988 has a sufficient allowance for bad loans.

Low Risk Liabilities: 3988's liabilities are made up of primarily low risk sources of funding.

Loan Level: 3988 has an acceptable proportion of non-loan assets held.

Low Risk Deposits: 3988's loans are broadly funded by customer deposits.

Level of Bad Loans: 3988 has an appropriate level of bad loans (1.37%)


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Dividend

What is Bank of China's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?

6.39%

Current Dividend Yield


Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: 3988's dividend (6.35%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the Hong Kong market (2.28%).

High Dividend: 3988's dividend (6.35%) is in the top 25% of dividend payers in the Hong Kong market (6.28%)


Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: 3988's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.

Growing Dividend: 3988's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.


Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its reasonably low payout ratio (30.2%), 3988's dividend payments are well covered by earnings.


Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: 3988's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be well covered by earnings (31% payout ratio).


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Management

How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?

1.5yrs

Average management tenure


CEO

Jiang Wang (56yo)

0.2yrs

Tenure

Mr. Jiang Wang serves as Vice Chairman at Bank of China Ltd. since January 14, 2020 and serves as its Executive Director since December 31, 2019. Mr. Wang serves as the President at Bank of China Ltd. sinc ...


Leadership Team

NamePositionTenureCompensationOwnership
Qiuwan Liu
Chief Information Officer1.7yrsCN¥551.80kno data
Wei Xiao
Chief Audit Officer5.3yrsCN¥1.17mno data
Yu Sun
Executive Vice President1.4yrsCN¥272.50kno data
Jingzhen Lin
Executive VP & Executive Director1yrsCN¥477.40kno data
Feiqi Mei
Secretary to the Board of Directors & Company Secretary1.9yrsCN¥757.50kno data
Jiang Wang
President & Vice Chairman0.2yrsno datano data
Zhe Yang
IR Manager0yrsno datano data
Zhiheng Wang
GM of Human Resources Department - Head Office & Employee Supervisor1.2yrsno datano data
Jiandong Liu
Chief Risk Officer1yrsno datano data
Guoyu Zheng
Chief Business Management Officer & Executive VP1.1yrsno datano data

1.5yrs

Average Tenure

54yo

Average Age

Experienced Management: 3988's management team is not considered experienced ( 1.5 years average tenure), which suggests a new team.


Board Members

NamePositionTenureCompensationOwnership
Jingzhen Lin
Executive VP & Executive Director1yrsCN¥477.40kno data
Jiang Wang
President & Vice Chairman0.2yrsno datano data
Zhiheng Wang
GM of Human Resources Department - Head Office & Employee Supervisor1.2yrsno datano data
Muhua Chen
Honorary Chairperson of the Board15.5yrsno datano data
Angela A. Chao
Independent Non-Executive Director3.1yrsCN¥425.00kno data
Liange Liu
Chairman of the Board0.8yrsCN¥232.00kno data
Xiquan Wang
Chairman of Board of Supervisors3.3yrsno datano data
Xiaoya Wang
Non-Executive Director2.5yrsno datano data
Changyun Wang
Independent Non-Executive Director3.5yrsCN¥493.00kno data
Guohua Jiang
Independent Non-Executive Director1.2yrsCN¥17.00kno data

1.8yrs

Average Tenure

55yo

Average Age

Experienced Board: 3988's board of directors are not considered experienced ( 1.8 years average tenure), which suggests a new board.


Ownership

Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?


Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: Insufficient data to determine if insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.


Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.


Top Shareholders

Company Information

Bank of China Limited's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources


Key Information

  • Name: Bank of China Limited
  • Ticker: 3988
  • Exchange: SEHK
  • Founded: 1912
  • Industry: Diversified Banks
  • Sector: Banks
  • Market Cap: HK$1.117t
  • Shares outstanding: 294.37b
  • Website: https://www.boc.cn

Number of Employees


Location

  • Bank of China Limited
  • No. 1 Fuxingmen Nei Dajie
  • Beijing
  • 100818
  • China

Listings

TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
BACH.FOTCPK (Pink Sheets LLC)YesForeign Shares-Foreign ListedUSUSDJun 2006
3988SEHK (The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Ltd.)YesForeign Shares-Foreign ListedHKHKDJun 2006
W8VDB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesForeign Shares-Foreign ListedDEEURJun 2006
3988SHSC (Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited - Shanghai - Hong Kong Stock Connect)YesForeign Shares-Foreign ListedHKHKDJun 2006
3988SZSC (The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong - Shenzhen - Hong Kong Stock Connect)YesForeign Shares-Foreign ListedHKHKDJun 2006
601988SHSE (Shanghai Stock Exchange)Domestic SharesCNCNYJul 2006
601988XSSC (Shanghai Stock Exchange - Shanghai - Hong Kong Stock Connect)Domestic SharesCNCNYJul 2006
BACH.YOTCPK (Pink Sheets LLC)ADRUSUSDOct 2008

Biography

Bank of China Limited, together with its subsidiaries, provides a range of banking and related financial services in the People’s Republic of China and internationally. It operates in six segments: Corporate Banking, Personal Banking, Treasury Operations, Investment Banking, Insurance, and Other Operations. The Corporate Banking segment offers current accounts, deposits, overdrafts, loans, trade-related products and other credit facilities, foreign exchange, derivatives, and wealth management products to corporate customers, government authorities, and financial institutions. The Personal Banking segment provides savings deposits, personal loans, credit and debit cards, payments and settlements, wealth management products, and funds and insurance agency services to retail customers. The Treasury Operations segment is involved in the foreign exchange transactions, customer-based interest rate and foreign exchange derivative transactions, money market transactions, proprietary trading, and asset and liability management. The Investment Banking segment offers debt and equity underwriting, financial advisory, stock brokerage, investment research and asset management, and private equity investment services, as well as sells and trades in securities. The Insurance segment underwrites general and life insurance products; and provides insurance agency services. As of December 31, 2018, it had a total of 11,741 institutions, which included 11,193 institutions in Chinese mainland; and 548 institutions in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and other countries. The company is also involved in the aircraft leasing business. Bank of China Limited was founded in 1912 and is headquartered in Beijing, China. 


Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/02/21 12:49
End of Day Share Price2020/02/21 00:00
Earnings2019/09/30
Annual Earnings2018/12/31


Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.