According to the statistics released today by the Monetary Authority of Macao, the proportion of international business in the local banking sector retreated in the second quarter of 2019. At end-June 2019, the share of international assets in total banking assets decreased to 85.9% from 86.3% at end-March 2019, while the share of international liabilities in total banking liabilities fell to 82.1% from 82.2%.
Non-local currencies continued to be the dominant denomination in international banking transactions. At end-June 2019, both the shares of the pataca in total international assets and total international liabilities were 0.8%. The Hong Kong dollar, the US dollar, the renminbi and other foreign currencies accounted for 39.2%, 45.8%, 9.6% and 4.5% of total international assets as well as 45.8%, 43.9%, 6.1% and 3.5% of total international liabilities respectively.
International Banking Assets
At end-June 2019, total international assets increased by 1.0% from a quarter ago and by 16.1% from a year earlier to MOP1,663.9 billion (USD206.7 billion). Within this total, external assets went up by 18.4% year-on-year to MOP1,255.1 billion while local assets in foreign currencies also increased by 9.6% to MOP408.9 billion. As a major component of international assets, external non-bank loans advanced by 14.4% to MOP578.1 billion.
International Banking Liabilities
Total international liabilities increased by 1.3% from three months ago and by 17.9% year-on-year to MOP1,590.2 billion (USD197.6 billion). Of this total, external liabilities and local liabilities in foreign currencies expanded year-on-year by 18.6% to MOP811.1 billion and 17.1% to MOP779.1 billion respectively. Foreign currency deposits held by residents and the MSAR government in local banks continued to form a major component of international liabilities. This type of deposits grew by 18.4% year-on-year to MOP691.2 billion at end-June 2019.
Breakdown of External Banking Assets and Liabilities by Region
The majority of external assets and liabilities were related to Asia and Europe. At end-June 2019, claims on Mainland China and Hong Kong occupied 38.2% and 27.9% of total external assets, while claims on Germany and the United Kingdom took up 1.6% and 1.4% respectively. Meanwhile, claims on Portuguese-speaking countries and countries along the “Belt and Road” occupied respective shares of 1.4% and 6.0%. On external liabilities, Hong Kong and Mainland China accounted for 49.8% and 22.1% of the total respectively, while the United Kingdom and France took up 2.9% and 1.8% respectively. Portuguese-speaking countries and countries along the “Belt and Road” represented 0.5% and 12.6% respectively.
The compilation of International Banking Statistics follows the methodology advocated by the Bank for International Settlements in order to facilitate Macao SAR’s participation in the “Locational International Banking Statistics” project of the international organisation.