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Coronavirus is cost and opportunity for Asia’s banks

Across Asia, banks are extending loan facilities and donating facemasks in an effort both to help corporate clients and to burnish their corporate and social credentials in the face of Covid-19.


Across Asia, banks are rolling over loans, helping with repayments, and working hard to get deals done: anything to help struggling clients deal with the growing threat from the coronavirus Covid-19. 

In Singapore, UOB is allocating S$3 billion ($2.14 billion) to small and medium-sized firms that have been hit hardest by the outbreak. 

Firms can apply to rework principal repayments, service their loan interest for a 12-month period, and extend working capital financing by up to S$5 million. 

HSBC has extended the maturity period on S$600 million worth of trade loans, pre-approved 30-day extensions on all trade loans maturing between February 14 and April 30, and eliminated additional fees or interest penalties. 

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