(Adds listing plan in paragraphs 6-7)
HANOI, April 18 Vietnam's Techcombank, 20
percent owned by HSBC Holdings Plc , has
projected gross profit this year will rise 46 percent to 4
trillion dong ($191.8 million) and said it plans to list shares,
the lender said in a statement.
The Hanoi-based bank also projected loans to rise 19.99
percent in 2011 to 63.51 trillion dong, in line with a
government target to keep credit growth in Vietnam's banking
sector below 20 percent this year to help control inflation.
Techcombank plans to cut bad debts this year to 2.04 percent
of loans, down from 2.3 percent in 2010, the statement said.
The bank, also known as the Technological and Commercial
Bank, expects to raise its registered capital this year by 26.8
percent to 8.79 trillion dong to boost its financial strength
and upgrade its operations network.
Techcombank's 2011 business targets were subject to
shareholders' approval at an annual meeting on April 23.
Techcombank also plans to list shares on domestic or foreign
markets, Chairman Ho Hung Anh said in a separate report prepared
for the meeting, asking shareholders to set the time and
specific market for the listing.
So far, eight Vietnamese banks, including majors VietinBank
and Vietcombank , have listed shares either on
the main stock exchange in Ho Chi Minh City or the Hanoi
Techcombank is the fifth-largest bank by assets among
Vietnam's 39 partly private lenders. Its total assets last year
soared 62.3 percent from 2009 to 150.29 trillion dong, while its
net profit rose 21.8 percent to 2.07 trillion dong.
(Reporting by Ho Binh Minh)