Citibank: Launching the Credit Card in Asia Pacific
Citibank: Launching the Credit Card in Asia Pacific Erica Baumann Paul Davis Nathan Hahn Rebecca Leeds Lauren Lettieri Overview: Geography of Asia Pacific The Nature Conservancy: http://nature.org/wherewework/asiapacific/ Overview: The Pacific Oceans Eleven
Hong Kong (1902) Taiwan (1964) Australia (1965) The Philippines (1902) Guam (1969) Singapore (1902) India (1902) Malaysia (1904) Indonesia (1918) Thailand (1967)
Korea (1967) Overview: Citibanks Mission Statement Citibanks mission in the Asia Pacific region was to be the most profitable provider of a wide array of financial services to an increasingly affluent and middleincome market, and to reach the rapidly growing middle-income households in this region. Overview: Citibank in Asia Pacific 1978-1989 1981: First foreign bank to enter the local trade finance
market in Taiwan 1978: Citibanks Asia Pacific Consumer Bank had established its consumer business in Asia 1983: Citibank enters the credit card market in Hong Kong 1982: Acquired Diners Club in Thailand 1989: Talwar reintroduces the idea of a credit card launch in Asia-Pacific
1986: Begins a period of growth in Thailand and the Philippines 1989: Malaysia and Australia have saturated credit card market Overview: Keys Questions in Asia Pacific Should Citibank launch a credit card in the Asia Pacific region, and in which countries? How should the particular card
launches be tailored to each specific country? Business Problems Citibank wondered whether they could adopt a mass-market positioning to acquire enough credit card customers and still maintain its upmarket positioning with the current upscale branch banking customers Pricing the card too low would conflict with Citibanks stated positioning however pricing it too high might mean low customer acceptance Citibanks management were concerned that consumers attitudes and credit card usage
patterns differed by country SWOT Analysis: Strengths Undisputed leader of the marketplace Australia: customers see the credit card as an important shopping tool Hong Kong: people are used to credit cardsrelatively affluent population India: strong economic development in late 80s Malaysia: large successful business population Singapore: one of the worlds largest center of
traditional trade and services Thailand: rapidly growing nation (foreign investment) SWOT Analysis: Weaknesses India: consumers do not like to use revolving credit Indonesia: relatively poor country with small upper class; not many qualified for membership Australia/Singapore: saturated market
Taiwan: before 1989, laws restricted credit card business Taiwan: culturally not acceptable to owe people money Korea: financial problems in credit card business coupled with stringent local restrictions SWOT Analysis: Opportunities
Australia: credit card in conjunction with their banking services Hong Kong: want to target customers outside branch business India: credit card penetration is low Indonesia: upper class growing fast Malaysia: culturally acceptable to revolve credit Philippines: credit card penetration very low Singapore: society prides on innovation and technology and see credit card as convenient Taiwan: most wealthy and best educated country in region Thailand: strong economy = consumer spending SWOT Analysis: Threats
Australia: AMEX and Diners Club seen as symbol of status Malaysia: many other options to choose from in 1989 (MasterCard and Visa) Singapore: high-tech mecca has attracted many multinational corporations Taiwan: restrictive laws prohibited thus industry is in early stages Taiwan: AMEX and Diners Club worldwide respected reputation Citibanks undifferentiated view of one marketplace Most Likely Case Scenario
Citibank will enter the market ''Sometimes, when an economy is under the most stress, you get presented with the biggest opportunities,'' says Citigroup Vice-Chairman William R. Rhodes Cross selling products Market will accept new credit card penetration (except for few countries) Targeting growing upper class market Most Likely Case Scenario
Citibanks credit cards as symbols of status Citibanks customer base in Asia Pacific region will increase and expand Customers will use their cards for a wide variety of purchases Most Likely Case Scenario
Australia: More services will be offered to maximize financial management Hong Kong: Reach customers outside business segment by cross selling India: Increase merchant acceptance Indonesia: Incentives and higher credit limits opportunities Malaysia: Build up credit for future uses Most Likely Case Scenario The Philippines: Market program geared towards gaining acceptance Singapore: Highlight conveniences of Citibank Taiwan: Promote awareness of the
emerging credit card industry Thailand: Two card approach to attract all customer bases Korea: Will not enter due to government regulations Worst Case Scenario Established competition beats Citibank Population too poor to qualify (Indonesia) Government regulation and culture limits
acceptance Failure of customers to fulfill payments- large debt Different countries not accepting of consistent multinational strategy Rejection due to national pride and culture (Taiwan) Saturated markets not accepting of another credit card (Singapore) Best Case Scenario
Citibank adjusts strategy for specific countries needs (including options) OR All countries accept Citibanks multinational plan Become a penetration leader (Philippines) Utilize Singapore for latest technology Government law changes opens doors (Taiwan) Take advantage of some countries growing economy and affluence Make money off of late payments and interest Strategy: Market Entry Greenfield Market Development Direct marketing program
Direct mail Take-ones Direct sales force Bind-ins Strategy: Pricing Low joining fee to induce more customers Higher annual fee to provide a steady recurring revenue Premium pricing for the Citigold card to attract affluent cardholders Strategy: Options
$USD as standard currency for all cards Regional Card Center Lower costs because of economies of scale Capability to do quick work product launches in Asia Pacific Strategy: Business Segments Non-Resident Indian Business (NRI) Special offering for Indian customers who did not reside in India International Personal Banking
(IPB) To service the growing group of affluent Asian clients with global financial needs Strategy: Core Products Citi-One Mortgage Power Auto loans Ready Credit Citigold CitiPhone ATMs
Go Decisions: Taiwan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand Reasons Countries growing along with infrastructure Rapidly growing upper and middle class Recommendations: Two card approach- middle class and upscale customers targeted individually Create status for credit card Go Decisions: Australia and Hong Kong
Reasons: Most developed Westernized nations Strong credit card and financial infrastructure On average, 2 cards per person Wide variety of usages shopping travel Recommendations: Two card approach No Go Decision: Korea
Reasons: Regulations do not allow banks to issue cards with revolving credit Only local currency credit cards allowed Poor diplomatic relations Infrastructure and legislation are not conducive to credit card usage Recommendations: To risky to enter the market Population Breakdown by Income: Asia Pacific Countries % of Population % of Cards # of People # of Cards Cards Per Capita Population
$ 2,500,000.00 $ 61,000,000.00 $ 22,500,000.00 TOTAL COSTS $ 86,000,000.00 # of Cards Average Annual Fee Average Joining Fee $ $ Revenue $ 86,292,000.00 900,000 56.13 39.75
Population Breakdown by Income: Malaysia Malaysia % of Population % of Cards # of People # of Cards Cards Per Capita Population # of Credit Cards Above 25000 12500-25000 6000-12500 2000-6000 < 2000 5% 10% 20% 45% 20% 10% 45% 45% 0%
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