Log in
Forgot password ?
Become a member for free
Sign up
Sign up
New member
Sign up for FREE
New customer
Discover our services
Dynamic quotes 

MarketScreener Homepage  >  News  >  Companies  >  All News

News : Companies
Latest NewsCompaniesMarketsEconomy & ForexCommoditiesInterest RatesBusiness LeadersFinance Pro.CalendarSectors

Private Chinese oil refiners' credit suspended, tightened on default fears - sources

share with twitter share with LinkedIn share with facebook
share via e-mail
02/24/2020 | 11:20pm EDT

Banks are suspending the credit lines for some Chinese independent oil refineries amid rising concerns about overall industrial defaults and as the coronavirus outbreak has eaten into the processors' fuel sales.

At least three independent refiners have had $600 million (464 million pounds) in credit lines suspended by international banks, said three refinery and trading executives and two finance directors at the affected companies, requesting anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

DBS Group Holdings in Singapore, France's Natixis and BNP Paribas, and Dutch bank ING [INGA.AS] have suspended open account credit facilities for the companies based in Shandong province, home to the majority of the independent plants that buy about 20% of China's oil imports, the sources said.

The refinery sources said the suspensions are for open accounts, typically revolving credit lines that are issued before any oil is shipped and delivered, and also "back-to-back" accounts, credits that are guaranteed by a letter of credit from a Chinese bank.

"All our applications for new open-account credits are frozen ... these clean credits are pivotal as we buy 6 to 8 million barrels of oil each month," said one of the sources, a trading executive at a Shandong-based refinery.

DBS, Natixis and ING declined to comment. BNP said in a statement that the bank "is providing its support to companies in China at this difficult time, extending financing lines and loan maturities where required."

"We were told by our banks that so long as the open-account credits are for oil heading to Shandong, it will be very hard chance winning approvals," said a second source, the head of a Shandong refiner's Singapore operation.

The three companies have combined annual oil import quotas of 12 million tonnes, or 240,000 barrels per day. The credit suspensions will curb their purchases and wider suspensions in the sector could impact oil prices that have dropped because of China's coronavirus outbreak.

GRAPHIC: China teapot refiner utilization rates https://fingfx.thomsonreuters.com/gfx/ce/7/8575/8556/ChinaTeapotUtilRates.png

While some "genuine credit risks" exist among the Shandong teapot refiners, there is more concern among banks that the refiners' revenue losses from the drop in domestic fuel demand because of the coronavirus outbreak will limit their ability to repay their debt, said a senior Greater China trade finance banker at a global bank.

His bank has tightened their credit terms for some teapot refiners but have not suspended them.

The slowdown in economic and industrial activities has caused an excess of refined oil in storage, he said.

"They don't have enough storage to get fresh crude supply. Things are not going to pick up in a very big way in the next couple of months so demand for refined oil in the market is not going to go through the roof," he said.

"So why do they need fresh credit lines now?" he said.

The perception of Chinese credit risk has increased after several large dollar bond defaults by state-owned enterprises (SOE) at the end of 2019, including commodities trader Tewoo Group, backed by the city government of Tianjin, and Peking University Founders Group.

Chinese private businesses defaulted on about 12.5% of their maturing bonds in 2018 and in the first 10 months of 2019, rating agency S&P said in November, compared to 0.2% for SOEs. The agency predicts more bond defaults in 2020.

GRAPHIC: Banks tighten credit terms for China's teapot refiners after refining margin tumble in 2019 https://fingfx.thomsonreuters.com/gfx/ce/7/8574/8555/AsiaRefMargins.png

(Additional reporting from Anshuman Daga in Singapore, Maya Nikolaeva in Paris and Anthony Deutsch in Amsterdam; Editing by Florence Tan and Christian Schmollinger)

By Chen Aizhu and Sumeet Chatterjee

Stocks mentioned in the article
ChangeLast1st jan.
BNP PARIBAS 0.35% 28.57 Real-time Quote.-46.29%
BYD COMPANY LIMITED -4.35% 42.9 End-of-day quote.10.42%
DBS GROUP HOLDINGS LTD -1.39% 19.18 End-of-day quote.-25.89%
ING GROEP N.V. 0.78% 5.277 Delayed Quote.-51.07%
LETS HOLDINGS GROUP CO., LTD. -1.99% 10.35 End-of-day quote.71.36%
LONDON BRENT OIL 1.50% 35.21 Delayed Quote.-45.55%
NATIXIS -1.47% 1.8695 Real-time Quote.-51.95%
OIL REFINERIES LTD. -0.30% 98.4 Delayed Quote.-43.08%
OVERSEA-CHINESE BANKING CORPORATION LIMITED -4.50% 8.49 End-of-day quote.-22.68%
WTI 2.06% 33.545 Delayed Quote.-44.63%
share with twitter share with LinkedIn share with facebook
share via e-mail
Latest news "Companies"
07:58aROGERS COMMUNICATIONS : Brings Its Store-to-the-Door to Ottawa With Pro On-the-Go Expansion
07:58aPGNIG POLISH OIL & GAS : books more regasification capacity at Świnoujście terminal
07:53aASICS : RELEASES 2019 SUSTAINABILITY REPORT Leadership Pledges to Forge Ahead with Sustainability Drive After 27.9% Cut in CO2 Emissions per Pair of Shoes Made
07:50aSELF STORAGE : Annual general meeting held in SSG ASA
07:50aELMOS SEMICONDUCTOR AG : Notification and public disclosure of transactions by persons
07:49aASETEK A/S : Announces Transactions Carried Out Under the Current Share Buyback Programme in Accordance With the "Safe Harbour Method"
07:48aPGNIG : over 100 thousand tons of crude oil from Skogul in Norway this year
07:47aVOLKSWAGEN : New emissions blow for VW as German court backs damages claims
07:46aVOLATI : Notice of Annual General Meeting in Volati AB (publ)
07:45aJDC GROUP AG : Notification and public disclosure of transactions by persons
Latest news "Companies"