October 6, 2016 / 1:11 AM / a year ago

BRIEF-Fitch says ASEAN banks resilient, but most face negative trends

Oct 5 (Reuters) - Fitch on ASEAN banks

* Operating environment for banks across much of ASEAN has become more challenging over last couple of years

* FITCH: ASEAN banks resilient, but most face negative trends

* Expects NPL ratios to rise in 2016 and beyond in most of banking sectors that Fitch assesses in south-east Asia.

* ASEAN’s close trade and financial linkages with China pose another potential risk to ASEAN banks

* Does not expect a hard landing in China’s economy Source text for Eikon:

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