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Chinese Brokerages Report Total 46% Profit Drop in First Quarter Amid Selloffs
Zhou Nan
DATE:  May 06 2022
/ SOURCE:  Yicai
Chinese Brokerages Report Total 46% Profit Drop in First Quarter Amid Selloffs Chinese Brokerages Report Total 46% Profit Drop in First Quarter Amid Selloffs

(Yicai Global) May 6 -- Most Chinese brokerages listed on the mainland recorded double-digit slumps in revenue and net profit in the first quarter due to poor capital market performance.

The combined net profits dropped 46 percent to CNY22.9 billion (USD3.5 billion) from a year ago, according to the 41 earnings reports already disclosed by Chinese brokerages.

Some 90 percent of the financial institutions logged declines both in net profit and revenue. Some 28 among the 41 recorded decreases exceeding 40 percent. Some eight of them made a net loss.

Selloffs were common in China's mainland stock markets in the first three months of this year as economic growth expectations were downgraded.

The benchmark Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite Index [SHA: 000001] dropped 10.7 percent in the first quarter. The SSE’s Star 50 Index [SHA: 000688] fell by 22 percent.

Shenzhen's SZSE Component Index [SHE: 399001] declined by 18.4 percent. The ChiNext 50 Index [SHE: 399673] tanked 20 percent.

Even the top performers could not hide from the stock market routs. Citic Securities, which ranked No. 1 in terms of revenue, saw its number slide 7 percent to CNY15.2 billion. Its net profit climbed modestly by 1 percent to CNY5.2 billion (USD783 million).

Guotai Junan Securities was No. 2 even though its revenue slumped 26 percent to CNY8.2 billion. China Galaxy Securities came in third as its revenue dropped 3 percent to CNY7.3 billion.

Among the top 10 brokerages, Haitong Securities was faring particularly badly. Its revenue dived 63 percent and its net profit plunged almost 59 percent. Small and medium-sized brokerages were generally doing worse than bigger ones.

The reasons were linked to firms' investments. Several brokerages' reports show that their self-operated business accounted for most of the bad performance. For instance, Guoyuan Securities said that the huge stock market correction caused its securities investment business to suffer massive losses.

For example, the number of China's new publicly offered fundings dropped more than 74 percent in the first quarter, which shrank an important income source for the brokerages.

Editors: Tang Shihua, Emmi Laine, Xiao Yi

 

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