BANGKOK May 21 Bank of Ayudhya Pcl,
Thailand's fifth largest lender, said on Wednesday its 2014
loans would rise only 4.5-5.0 percent, well below the company's
target, if the prolonged political unrest drags down the
country's economy to grow just 1.5 percent this year.
The bank, 72 percent owned by Japan's Mitsubishi UFJ
Financial Group, however maintained its 2014 loan
growth target of 7-9 percent, President Philip Tan told
The bank aims to keep its non-performing loan (NPL) at 2.5
percent of total lending at the end of this year and plans to
set aside more loan-loss provision in the second quarter if the
number of bad debt rises, Tan said.
About 50 percent of NPLs came from retail clients, with the
rest from small and medium sized business and corporate clients,
he said adding bad debts are mostly in the auto, housing,
personal loan and credit cards.
(Reporting by Manunphattr Dhanananphorn; Writing by Khettiya
Jittapong; Editing by Anand Basu)