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Southeast Asian Banks on the Rise : Most Valuable Banks in Southeast Asia 2018

Southeast Asian Banks on the Rise : Most Valuable Banks in Southeast Asia 2018

DBS has retained the number one spot as Southeast Asia’s most valuable banking brand, and improved 12 places globally to number 40. This was according a recent Brand Finance Banking 500 report.

The report added that the brand value for DBS has improved significantly over 2017, reaching US$6.5 billion. This makes DBS the first ASEAN bank to be in the top 50 most valuable bank brand ranking and also the first ASEAN bank to cross US$6 billion in brand value.


The report also listed Singapore bank brands OCBC and UOB as second and third place respectively in the ASEAN rankings, with global rankings of 64th and 66th respectively. According to BrandFinance, the “strong growth” for DBS and OCBC is partly attributed to recent acquisitions both organisations made which provided the boost to the revenue base.

Malaysia & Indonesia banks on the rise

Malaysia bank brands also continued to populate the top 10 rankings, with Maybank maintaining its position as fifth place when compared to the year before. CIMB took eighth place, dropping one spot from the year before. Indonesia bank brands such as BRI and BCA also maintained their positions at fourth and sixth place respectively, but also saw improvements in their global ranking.

Maybank |
Maybank |

It is heartening to see the rise of ASEAN brands amongst the global rankings and the dominance of Singaporean banks both globally and in ASEAN; Malaysian, Indonesian and Vietnamese banks have also been rising steadily both in value and in brand strength. 

Overall, ASEAN bank brands more recent growth has also been due to accelerating M&A activities in the region. According to Dixit, these have been providing opportunities for the ASEAN banks beyond its growing domestic market.

Bank Mandiri |
Bank Mandiri |

The research also indicates ASEAN’s consumers growing affinity for brands and branded goods has also helped set a solid foundation for competitive brands from the region. This is also evident by Indonesian banks such as BCA, Mandiri and BRI making their way into being the top 3 strongest bank brand in ASEAN.

View the top ASEAN bank brand rankings here:

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Annually, Brand Finance evaluates the brands of thousands of the world’s biggest companies. The results of this analysis are then ranked, with the world’s 500 most valuable banking brands featured in the Brand Finance Banking 500.

Source : | Brand Finance 500


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