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Singapore lenders post highest Q3 leverage ratios among largest Asian banks

Singapore-based Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp. Ltd. and DBS Group Holdings Ltd. reported the highest third-quarter Basel III leverage ratios among Asia's largest banks by asset size, with ratios of 7.60% and 7.50%, respectively. The two lenders, however, saw the steepest year-over-year declines in their leverage ratios.

The leverage ratio represents a bank's Tier 1 capital as a percentage of total leverage exposure, which accounts for both on- and off-balance-sheet exposures under Basel III.

On the other side of the spectrum, China Minsheng Banking Corp. Ltd. posted the largest year-over-year rise with an increase of 77 basis points to 5.91% as of Sept. 30, followed by Shanghai Pudong Development Bank Co. Ltd. with a 51-basis-point increase.

Meanwhile, Japan's Mizuho Financial Group Inc., Japan Post Bank Co. Ltd. and Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings Inc. reported the lowest leverage ratios among the banks sampled at 4.14%, 4.14% and 3.93%, respectively.

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