Industrial and Commercial Bank of China was established on 1 January 1984. On 28 October 2005, the Bank was wholly restructured to a joint-stock limited company. On 27 October 2006, the Bank was successfully listed on both Shanghai Stock Exchange and Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited. Through its continuous endeavor and stable development, the Bank has developed into the leading bank in the world, possessing an excellent customer base, a diversified business structure, strong innovation capabilities and market competitiveness. The Bank regards service as the very foundation to seek further development and has made efforts to build a “bank of the first choice of customers” while providing a comprehensive range of financial products and services to 6,271 thousand corporate customers and 567 million personal customers. The Bank has been consciously integrating the social responsibilities with its development strategy and operation and management activities, and gaining wide recognition in the aspects of promoting inclusive finance, supporting targeted poverty relief, protecting environment and resources and participating in public welfare undertakings. The Bank always keeps in mind its underlying mission of serving the real economy with its principal business, and along with the real economy it prospers, suffers and grows. Taking a risk-based approach and never overstepping the bottom line, it regards controlling and resolving risks as its iron law. Besides, the Bank remains steadfast in understanding and following the business rules of commercial banks to strive to be a century-old bank. It also stays committed to seeking progress with innovation while maintaining stability, continuously enhances the strategy of mega retail, mega asset management, mega investment banking as well as international and comprehensive development, and actively embraces the internet. The Bank unswervingly delivers specialized services, and pioneered a specialized business model, thus making it “a craftsman in large banking”. The pattern of internationalized and diversified operation was further improved, covering 45 countries and regions, and contributed more to the Bank’s profit-making. For the fifth consecutive year in 2017, the Bank ranked 1st place in the three authoritative lists of The Banker’s Top 1000 World Banks, the Forbes Global 2000 and the Fortune Global 500 Sub-list of Commercial Banks.
As at the end of 2017, total assets of the Bank amounted to RMB26,087,043 million, RMB1,949,778 million or 8.1% higher than that at the end of the previous year. Total liabilities reached RMB23,945,987 million, an increase of RMB1,789,885 million or 8.1% compared with the end of last year. The whole year witnessed a net profit of RMB287,451 million, increasing by 3.0%, return on average total assets of 1.14%, return on weighted average equity of 14.35%, core tier 1 capital adequacy ratio of 12.77%, tier 1 capital adequacy ratio of 13.27%, and capital adequacy ratio of 15.14%. Operating income amounted to RMB675,654 million, representing an increase of 5.3%, of which net interest income stood at RMB522,078 million, representing a growth of 10.6%; non-interest income reported RMB153,576 million. Operating expenses amounted to RMB186,194 million, representing a decrease of 3.6%, and the cost-to-income ratio was 26.45%.