HSBC Holdings ( HSBC Quick Quote HSBC - Free Report) reported first-quarter 2021 pre-tax profit of $5.8 billion, up 79% from the prior-year quarter. The company’s shares on the NYSE have rallied 2.8% in the pre-market trading. A full day’s trading session will provide a better picture.
Results benefited from net reserve releases. However, lower revenues and rise in expenses were the undermining factors.
Revenues Down, Expenses Rise
Adjusted total revenues of $13.3 billion decreased 3.2% year over year. Reported revenues were down 5.1% to $13 billion. Both declines were primarily due to lower global interest rates and weak loan demand.
Adjusted operating expenses rose 2.8% from the prior-year quarter to $8.2 billion. Adjusted change in expected credit losses (ECL) and other credit impairment charges were net release of $435 million against a charge of $3.1 billion recorded in the year-ago quarter. Common equity Tier 1 (CET1) ratio as of Mar 31, 2021, was 15.9%, up from 14.6% as of Mar 31, 2020. Leverage ratio was 5.4%, up from 5.3% at the end of March 2020. Performance by Business Lines The segment reported $1.8 billion in pre-tax profit, up substantially from $678 million recorded a year ago. The improvement was largely driven by rise in revenues, partly offset by higher costs. Wealth and Personal Banking: The segment reported pre-tax profit of $1.8 billion, significantly up from prior-year quarter’s $659 million. ECL releases mainly supported the segment’s performance. Commercial Banking: Pre-tax profit was $1.8 billion, surging 74.5% from the prior-year quarter end. Higher revenues and ECL releases supported the performance. Global Banking and Markets: The segment reported pre-tax profit of $284 million, down 66.4% year over year. Corporate Centre: Guidance
HSBC continues to expect an adjusted cost base of $31 billion or less for 2022. Also, the company projects cost savings of $5-$5.5 billion by 2022, while spending $7 billion in charges to achieve the same.
It expects to exceed its $100-billion gross risk-weighted asset reduction target by the end of 2022. The company targets a RoTE of 10% or more for the medium term. CET1 ratio is expected to be above 14% and between 14% and 14.5% in the medium term. The company plans to transition toward a target payout ratio of 40-55% of reported earnings per share from 2022. Based on the current consensus economic forecasts trajectory, management expects ECL charges for 2021 to be below the medium-term range of 30-40 basis points of average loans. The company projects mid-single-digit percentage growth in customer lending during 2021. Our View
Low interest rate environment across the globe and weak loan demand are expected to continue hurting HSBC’s revenue growth to some extent. However, the company’s business restructuring initiatives and efforts to strengthen market share in the U.K. and China are likely to support financials over the long term.
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