So what do Thailand’s big banks say?
The ongoing US-China trade war and the appreciation of the Thai baht against other currencies is now starting to impact larger corporates in Thailand.
Wasin Saiyawan, senior executive vice president and chief of wholesale banking at Siam Commercial Bank says, that although large businesses are resilient to any impact and their ability to repay debt remained sound compared with small and medium-sized enterprises, the prolonged trade war is starting to impact their revenue and sales.
Wasin doesn’t expect growth in lending to large clients. Currently outstanding loans to large corporates stands at 900 billion baht.
“Bad debts or non-performing loans account for 1% of total loans and the bank would try to prevent it rising over 2%.”