HSBC is one of the world's largest financial services companies, with an international network that still spans the globe, although several under-performing territories have been exited since 2011. Until the 1990s the group was best-known as Hong Kong's biggest financial institution, originally founded in the 19th century to finance trade between Asia and the West. But a string of acquisitions around the globe, starting with the UK's Midland Bank, transformed the business into arguably the world's most broadly based financial institution, with significant operations on every continent. Later purchases included US bank Republic New York, consumer finance lender Household International, CCF in France and Grupo Bital in Mexico, all absorbed into the main HSBC umbrella brand. Though less badly affected by the 2008 banking crisis than some competitors, the former Household operations in the US proved a massive drain on otherwise strong performance. A series of regulatory problems have led to other concerns, and the bank began pulling out of less profitable territories to refocus its attention on Asia and only more lucrative international markets.
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|HSBC Personal Financial Services||First Direct|
|HSBC Commercial Banking||HSBC Corporate & Investment Banking|
|Hang Seng Bank||HSBC Private Bank|
|HSBC Premier||GM Credit Card|
|HFC Bank||HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt|
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Adbrands Weekly Update 4th May 2017: There were more strong numbers from UK banks, which seem all to have finally turned the corner after years of struggle with impairments, fines and litigation. Like Lloyds last week, Barclays doubled its underlying profits for the first quarter, though the final reported figures were dented by a £658m loss on the sale of Africa subsidiary Absa. Revenues were also up strongly by 16%. Meanwhile Royal Bank of Scotland reported a much higher than expected profit after years of losses. Analysts had been anticipating a £50m net profit, but instead RBS delivered almost £260m, compared to a loss of £960m in the year ago quarter. Topline was up 14%. HSBC also made up for a string of disappointing numbers last year with a 40% jump in revenues and underlying profits that were also well above expectations.
Adbrands Weekly Update 27th Apr 2017: HSBC completed its long search for a new marketing chief to succeed Chris Clark. It named Mondelez executive Leanne Cutts to the role. She was previously president for gum, candy & beverage at Mondelez Asia Pacific.
Adbrands Weekly Update 23rd Feb 2017: There were winners and losers among British banks, all reporting this week. The clear winners are Lloyds and Barclays. With the worst of their regulatory problems and PPI provisions now in the rear mirror, and their respective commercial banking businesses reaping the rewards of the post-Trump boom, both saw dramatic improvements in performance, at least on paper. Lloyds' statutory net profits more than doubled to £2.5bn, though total income slipped back to £17.3bn. Barclays did even better, with net profit soaring to £1.6bn, compared to a £394m loss in 2015, on revenues down slightly to £21.5bn. The biggest contributor to profitability in both cases was a sharp fall in provisions for conduct and litigation charges. By contrast, the losing side was represented by HSBC and RBS. Divestments and slowing growth in Hong Kong and the UK caused HSBC's revenues to fall to $59.84bn, their lowest level since 2004. Impairments, losses on those divestments and high tax charges prompted net profit to plunge by 77% to $3.45bn. RBS results are out tomorrow and are expected to show another huge loss, marking the struggling bank's 9th consecutive year in the red. A huge provision for mis-sold US mortgage securities resulted in a deficit of as much as £7bn.
Adbrands Weekly Update 26th Jan 2017: Come on J Walter Thompson, pull yourself together. The venerable WPP-owned agency suffered a grim week with the loss of multiple significant accounts, not least demotion from top billing to supporting player on the global HSBC account. Saatchi & Saatchi, already a roster player for the bank's sponsorship and other regional briefs, takes over as global agency of record for consumer banking. JWT is said to have held onto the UK retail business, while Grey retains the commercial and enterprise account.
Adbrands Weekly Update 6th Aug 2015: HSBC announced plans to more or less exit South American banking with the sale of its substantial business in Brazil to local rival Bradesco for $5.2bn. It is one of the biggest developments so far in the group's new strategy to abandon less profitable global markets in favour of its long-established roots in Asia and a handful of major developed countries. Though HSBC will maintain an office in Brazil to represent international corporate clients, its only significant remaining local banking operation in Latin America will be in Mexico. The new strategy was supported by HSBC's 2Q results, which were significantly better than expected.
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