The number of overseas branches and offices of South Korean banks reached 1,043 in December last year. A total of 13 banks were running the branches and offices in 42 countries in total.
They include 303 located in Indonesia, 203 in Cambodia, 151 in Myanmar, 63 in Vietnam, 40 in the Philippines, 16 in India, four in Singapore, one in Malaysia and one in Thailand. The rest include 100 in China, 18 in Japan, 32 in 11 European countries, 83 in six American countries, and eight in Oceania and Africa.
The ratio of the banks’ overseas profits to their overall profits increased last year. Especially, the overseas profit and the ratio of Shinhan Financial Group increased by 23.3 percent to 397.9 billion won and increased to 11.7 percent, respectively.
This trend is likely to continue this year. “With uncertainties mounting both at home and abroad, the importance of global business is continuing to increase along with the importance of digital conversion,” one of the banks explained, adding, “Business expansion to more promising regions will continue for a while.”