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Good news for all banks … except Britain’s

I mentioned that I’d just attended the branding in banking
conference this week.  It was organised
by the Banker Magazine, and is in its seventh year of operation.

The headlines this year are:

  • The UK is the only top 10 country in The Banker
    / BrandFinance® Banking 500 to see the total value of its bank brands fall with
    a net loss of $1.5 billion

  • UK investment banking operations have suffered
    particularly badly, with brand values falling $4 billion, a drop of 29%
  • 2012’s top brand HSBC, hit by money-laundering
    allegations, has lost 17% of its value and lost the global top spot to US bank,
    Wells Fargo
  • Standard Chartered, facing its own
    money-laundering scandal, and Barclays, taking the heat over Libor-fixing, have
    lost 8% and 1% of their respective brand values
  • UK retail banks have recovered from a low base
    -RBS, Lloyds TSB and NatWest all show considerable increases in brand
    value;34%, 19%, 22% respectively
  • Total global bank brand values are up 15% from
    $746.8bn in 2012 to $860.7bn in 2013, driven by impressive growth in emerging
    markets, in particular China
  • And the Top 10 bank brands are:

    Top 20

    The biggest winners and losers are:


    Even with all the scandal we see every day here in the UK,
    bank brands globally have performed really well over the last year, with total
    brand value rising 15% from $746.8bn in 2012 to $860.7bn this year, a new high
    and a big difference from last year when the total fell from $855bn, the 2011

    US bank brands are performing particularly well, with Wells
    Fargo replacing HSBC as the world’s most valuable bank brand.  Wells Fargo gained $2.8bn to give it a brand
    value of $26bn and so recovering some, but not all, of last year’s $5.7bn loss.
    And while 2012’s drop in value did not dislodge Wells Fargo from the second
    spot, this year’s increase was enough to give it the top position.

    US banks hold four of the top five places in the ranking –
    up from three last year – and overall they account for 93 brands – five more
    than last year – with a total value of $230.6bn. This is an increase of $24.6bn
    on 2012’s figure and keeps them well ahead of their nearest rival China, whose
    23 brands increased in value by $16bn. In fact, the total brand value of US
    banks is larger than the next three biggest countries – China, the UK and
    Canada – combined.

    Meanwhile, China and Brazil have also done well. In fact,
    the only major market that took a dive is the UK, where the overall valuation
    dropped as a result of brand value losses by leading players such as HSBC and
    Standard Chartered.

    Reflecting on the changes in the brand survey since it
    started in 2007, Brand Finance Chief executive David Haigh notes that, in 2007,
    the brand value to market cap percentage of the US banks in the top 100 was 12%
    and has been rising ever since to reach 15% in 2013. The brand value over the
    same period has been much more constant, in the $160bn to $200bn range, with
    the exception of 2009 during the worst of the crisis. This suggests that
    markets have moved from overvaluing US banks to undervaluing them.

    By contrast some emerging markets have seen huge increases
    in brand value over the past five years, reflecting the fast growth and more
    dynamic performance of their banks and the better establishment of their
    brands. Russian brand values have performed the best with a 453% uplift since
    2008, followed by Indonesia (443%), the Philippines (412%), Colombia (377%) and
    China (335%).

    Chinese banks brand value reached $95.7bn, and Agricultural
    Bank of China recorded the highest leap in brand value of any bank – $6.04bn
    which sent it up from 18th to 11th place. ICBC notched up the second highest
    value rise with $4.66bn, taking it up from 11th to seventh place. In a table of
    the highest number of places climbed, Indonesia’s Panin bank claims the top
    spot, rising from 492nd to 322nd.

    Another good performances has come from Russia’s Sberbank,
    which increased its brand value by $3.39bn and rose from 17th to 13th position.
    It also occupies second position in the top brand value in Europe table, helped
    by the fact that all of its $14.2bn brand value is concentrated in the region.

    In Latin America, the biggest gainer is state-owned Banco do
    Brasil, which saw its brand value rise by $2.62bn – the ninth highest overall –
    closing the gap on its Brazilian rivals Itaú and Bradesco, and giving it 22nd
    position in the main table.

    In country terms, Brazil has the sixth largest sector brand
    value – $38bn – on the back of only eight brands, the lowest number of any of
    the top 10 countries. This illustrates the dominant position held by the major
    Brazilian banks.

    In the Middle East, the four top rated banks held their
    places in the table – QNB, Al-Rajhi, National Bank of Abu Dhabi and Emirates
    NBD – but only QNB was able to increase its brand value, from $12.6bn to

    In Africa, Standard Bank takes the top spot from Citi, while
    ABSA moves to second from third and Nedbank from sixth to fourth.


    About Chris M Skinner

    Chris M Skinner
    Chris Skinner is best known as an independent commentator on the financial markets through his blog, TheFinanser.com, as author of the bestselling book Digital Bank, and Chair of the European networking forum the Financial Services Club. He has been voted one of the most influential people in banking by The Financial Brand (as well as one of the best blogs), a FinTech Titan (Next Bank), one of the Fintech Leaders you need to follow (City AM, Deluxe and Jax Finance), as well as one of the Top 40 most influential people in financial technology by the Wall Street Journal’s Financial News. To learn more click here...

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