Another foreign bank exits retail banking in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – Dutch financial giant ING Bank is exiting the retail banking market in the Philippines, the second foreign bank to exit the country’s consumer banking segment after global banking giant Citi sold its business to the Union Bank of the Philippines, led by Aboitiz. In a statement, ING said it would exit the retail banking market in the Philippines before the end of the year, but would invest more in wholesale banking and expand its global shared services operations.

ING is the second foreign bank to exit the retail banking segment in the Philippines since the start of the pandemic. Citi is currently in the process of transferring its consumer banking business to UnionBank.

Data from Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) showed that ING Bank NV is the 32nd largest bank in the Philippines by assets with 31.46 billion pesos and the 33rd by capital with 4.51 billion pesos. pesos at the end of 2021. It ranked 57th in terms of deposits with 15.77 billion pesos and 31st in terms of net loans with 11.28 billion pesos.

Hans Sicat, country manager of ING Philippines, said the foreign bank has a history in the Philippines that goes back more than 30 years.

“During this period, we have developed strong and stable partnerships with a number of the largest corporations and financial institutions in the country. We are proud of our leading positions in mergers and acquisitions, corporate advisory and capital markets,” said Sicat.

ING has been present in the Philippines since 1990, serving corporate and institutional clients. It has about 120 employees in wholesale and retail banking in the country.

The Dutch bank ventured into retail banking in late 2018 and currently serves over 380,000 customers with savings accounts, current accounts and consumer loans.

ING’s retail business in the Philippines was intended as the first step and foundation of a broader retail banking plan in Asia. Since its launch in 2018, the company has demonstrated good progress, commercial momentum and growth potential.

However, the uncertain global macroeconomic situation in recent years has led ING not to expand its business to other countries, meaning retail operations in the Philippines have had to be reassessed for scalability as a business. autonomous.

In June last year, ING announced that it was also exiting the retail banking market in France where it has been active since 2000 as an online bank. It serves approximately one million customers in France.

“ING will continue to invest in growing our wholesale banking business to strengthen our position in the country, and we plan to focus more on sustainable finance. Our high profile hires are steps in that direction. We hope to take advantage of growth prospects in various sectors such as renewable energy, technology, media and telecommunications, infrastructure, financial institutions, among others,” Sicat said.

With the exit, ING said retail customers in the Philippines need not do anything now as there are no changes to their accounts. Customers can always access their funds and accounts at any time and their money stays safe.

ING via IBSS Manila (ING Business Shared Services) has over 3,000 employees out of less than 50 when it was founded in 2013.

Staff provide 24/7 global support services for ING in areas such as capital markets, lending services, client due diligence and onboarding activities, risk management , retail operations, non-financial risk and compliance, and information technology.

According to ING, it continues to invest in growing its position supporting ING’s operations in over 40 markets.

“Expanded capabilities and services have spurred our growth and development in recent years. We have had to move several times to larger premises since 2013; and we plan to occupy an additional 12 floors in One Ayala Tower 2 over the coming months to accommodate our growing diverse teams as we undertake additional projects and services this year and beyond,” said Cees Ovelgonne , CEO of IBSS Manila.

Besides the Philippines, ING also offers wholesale banking services in 10 other markets, namely Australia, China, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam in Asia-Pacific. It also offers retail and wholesale banking services in Australia.

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