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Some of the world's biggest banks in commodity trade finance are creating a digital trade finance registry in Singapore to reduce risk of trade fraud and boost transparency after losing billions of dollars due to a spate of defaults. Banks have pared their commodities business this year following collapses, including that of Singapore oil trader Hin Leong Trading (Pte) Ltd, which shocked lenders after instances of financial wrongdoing were laid bare by the coronavirus crisis. According to a joint statement issued on Tuesday, DBS Group <DBSM.SI> and Standard Chartered <STAN.L> are leading a group of 12 other banks in Singapore to create and conduct a central database to access trade transactions financed across banks.
(Bloomberg) -- China Wanda Group, the parent company of Singapore-based Hontop Energy, is close to settling the troubled oil trader’s disputes with two of its major lenders, according to people familiar with the negotiations.Shandong-based conglomerate China Wanda is in advanced talks with DBS Bank Ltd. and Societe Generale SA, and has agreed to pay the outstanding debts on behalf of Hontop Energy (Singapore) Pte. via its other subsidiaries, said the people, who asked not to be identified as the talks are private.Banks have been struggling to collect debts from failed commodities traders after oil’s collapse exposed financial shortfalls and sparked accusations of fraud and dishonest dealings. If successful, the Hontop deal could mark the first significant settlement amid a wave of disputes this year between trading houses and their lenders.Hontop, which went into receivership in February, was placed under judicial management earlier this month by a Singapore court. Its outstanding debts totaled $469 million to seven lenders as of February, of which $33.2 million was to DBS and $63.3 million to SocGen, a general manager at Hontop said in an affidavit.SocGen said by email Thursday that it’s “not in a position to comment”, while DBS declined to comment. Emailed inquiries to Wanda Group and Hontop’s judicial manager, RSM Corporate Advisory, went unanswered.The Singaporean units of lenders CIMB Bank Bhd. and Natixis SA have also accused Hontop of fabricating documents and suspicious transactions. The allegations span four separate oil deals involving the three same companies: Hontop, Sugih Energy International Pte. Ltd., and oil major BP Plc.Oil CrashHontop, which bought crude oil on behalf of an affiliated Chinese private refiner, Shandong Tianhong Chemical Co., said in March that its financial difficulties were caused by a collapse in demand because of the coronavirus.That was before the virus spread globally, sparking oil’s crash that saw prices in April momentarily plunge into negative territory. The turmoil exposed the risks of financing the opaque business of moving raw materials around the world, and rocked the close-knit oil trading community in Singapore, one of the world’s most important commodity hubs.The turbulence has pushed banks to rethink commodity financing. SocGen decided to close its trade commodity finance unit in Singapore after the collapse of Hin Leong Trading (Pte) Ltd., which owed more than $3 billion to over 20 Singaporean and international banks. ABN Amro Bank NV announced it would quit commodity trade finance, while BNP Paribas SA is shutting its Swiss commodity trade finance business.(Updates to add DBS declined to comment in 5th paragraph)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
DBS Group's quarterly profit slumped by a fifth as it boosted loan-loss provisions in pandemic-hit markets, but Southeast Asia's top lender said bad loans were steady and fee income was rising as economies bounced back from lockdowns. The profit beat market estimates and rose from the preceding quarter, sending its shares up 2% on Thursday. Singapore's bank shares have been pummelled recently following a capping of their dividends last week by the central bank.