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Wall Street Journal  Jul 16  Comment 
HSBC’s Saudi Arabia unit has come under investigation by regulators in the kingdom for its role in a stock listing that has left investors nursing heavy losses and the bank’s chief executive cleaning up a fresh mess.
Clusterstock  Jul 16  Comment 
Apple Pay launched in the UK on Tuesday, with most of the big banks and plenty of big name chains already signed up. But one bank that was supposed to come online this week, HSBC, was hit by delays, and new analysis from social media monitoring...
The Times of India  Jul 15  Comment 
Parents are increasingly willing to spend more for kids' education overseas as 88 per cent of them want to send their children abroad for post-graduate studies, said an HSBC survey.
Financial Times  Jul 14  Comment 
Bank could have done more to counter tax avoidance and money laundering, Lord Green tells peers
guardian.co.uk  Jul 14  Comment 
Speaking to Lords committee, former HSBC chairman apologises for failures but denies anyone at bank was aware of ‘industrial-scale systems of tax evasion’ The former HSBC boss Lord Green has admitted the bank should have made more stringent...
Wall Street Journal  Jul 14  Comment 
A $116 million windfall is coming to a county prosecutor who had a role in a giant money-laundering settlement. He’d like to use it to expand in the jail next door.
BBC News  Jul 14  Comment 
Former HSBC boss Lord Green has admitted the bank "didn't get everything right" when buying the Swiss private bank at the centre of a tax evasion scandal
BBC News  Jul 14  Comment 
HSBC announces that its customers will not be able to use the new Apple Pay system as it launches in the UK.
Finance Asia  Jul 13  Comment 
Ex-Barclays and Goldman Sachs banker Katherine Lau has joined HSBC as a Hong Kong-based director for loan syndications.
The Economic Times  Jul 13  Comment 
I do not see any incremental monetary easing unless there is some stroke of luck where we have normal monsoon coming through, says Sriram.




 
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HSBC Holdings, PLC (Symbol: HBC) is a London-based banking and financial services organization that isn't indebted to the British government. [1] This sets the company apart from several U.K. competitors, like Barclays (BCS), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS-LN), and Lloyds Banking Group (LYG), who have resorted to borrowing.[2] For the full year 2010 ended in December, HSBC reported a total interest income of $80B and a net profit of $14.2B.[3] While HSBC is headquartered in the UK, its operations where impacted by the financial crisis which started in the US. Because it is not an American company, it was not able to receive the same bailout opportunities as American banks and instead relied on British bailout money.

Business Overview

For the full year 2010 ended in December, HSBC reported a total interest income of $80B and a net profit of $14.2B.[3] HSBC Holdings operates in four main business segments. The financial crisis has distorted the net income break down of each segment. The Personal Financial Services, Commercial Banking, and Global Banking & Markets have traditionally earned equal portions of Net Income.[4]

Personal Financial Services (18% of 2010 Pretax profits)[4])

Personal Financial Services provides savings accounts, mortgages, personal loans, and credit cards. Within this segment is the HSBC Premier banking service, which offers 24-hour priority telephone access and free international funds transfer between HSBC accounts.[2]

Commercial Banking (31% of 2010 pretax profits[4])

The Commercial Banking segment offers banking products to corporate, mid-market, small, and micro businesses. These products include financing, cash management, international trade, and investment banking. [2]

Global Banking & Markets (50% of 2010 pretax profits [4])

The Global Banking & Markets segment offers financial products to major government, corporate, and institutional clients worldwide. These products include foreign exchange, currency and interest rate derivatives, and private equity managers.[2]

Global Private Banking (4% of 2010 pretax profits[4])

The Private Banking segment offers trustee services to high net worth individuals. These services include cash management, clearing, wealth management, and inheritance planning.[2]

Trends and Forces

Housing Market and Economic Conditions

HSBC owns large sets of mortgages which either it purchased or it originated. This makes it dependent on the housing market. An increased rate of foreclosure will cause the company to writeoff mortgages and attempt to sell them on the market. Selling houses becomes more difficult the more that the housing market declines. By contrast, the growth of the housing market allows HSBC's assets to become more reliable and likely to be paid.[5] [6]

HSBC issues rights to raise capital

HSBC [6] historically issued rights to allow existing shareholders to purchase additional securities at a discounted price.[1][7] This has allowed HSBC to avoid needing government capital, unlike its competitors Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS-LN) and Lloyds Banking Group (LYG), giving investors more confidence in HSBC. While issuing rights to prevent HSBC from raising capital, the company no longer has any rights to offer and so if it needs more capital, it will be forced to borrow from the government.

U.K. Banks are affected by changes in the US

As a U.K. based bank, HSBC is relatively insulated from U.S. crisises. However, U.K. banks have U.S. commercial real estate exposures -- in the form of loans and other debt mortgage-backed securities (MBS).[8] So hardships in the U.S. housing market and banks suffering losses due to subprime lending in turn causes foreign banks to suffer losses. However, because the UK tends to react after the US market has, this means that US banks are sometimes able to rise out of recessions sooner than UK based banks.

Competition


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Investopedia, "Rights Offering"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4
  3. 3.0 3.1 HBC 2011 10-K "Report of the Directors: Operating and Financial Review" pg15-16
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 HBC 10-F 2011 Report of the Directors: Operating and Financial Review "Summary" p37
  5. Forbes, "HSBC Pays for its Mistakes," 03/02/09
  6. 6.0 6.1 Forbes, "AIG,HSBC Leave Europe Scarred," 03/02/09
  7. Bloomberg, "HSBC Finds Buyers for 97% of Record Rights Offering," 04/06/09
  8. Seeking Alpha, "Second Stress Wave for European Banks," 04/23/09
  9. Barclays 2008 Annual Report
  10. RBS Website, "Financial Results"
  11. LYG website, "About Us"
  12. Citigroup website, "About"
  13. Bank of America website, "About"
  14. J.P. Morgan website, "About Us"
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