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04 May 2012

HSBC Bank Canada first quarter 2012 result

  • Profit attributable to common shareholders was C$202m for the quarter ended 31 March 2012, an increase of 42.3% over the same period in 2011.
  • Return on average common equity was 19.9% for the quarter ended 31 March 2012 compared with 16.6% for the same period in 2011.
  • The cost efficiency ratio was 50.2% for the quarter ended 31 March 2012 compared with 55.6% for the same period in 2011.
  • Total assets were C$80.7bn at 31 March 2012 compared with C$79.1bn at 31 March 2011.
  • Total assets under administration decreased to C$18.3bn at 31 March 2012 from C$33.2bn at 31 March 2011 primarily due to the sale of the bank's full service retail brokerage business. Excluding the impact of this sale, total assets under administration increased by C$1.0bn at 31 March 2012.
  • Tier 1 capital ratio of 13.2% and a total capital ratio of 15.6% at 31 March 2012 compared to 13.4% and 16.2% respectively at 31 March 2011.

The abbreviations 'C$m' and 'C$bn' represent millions and billions of Canadian dollars, respectively.

Overview

HSBC Bank Canada recorded a profit of C$220m for the first quarter of 2012, an increase of C$60m, or 37.5% compared with C$160m for the first quarter of 2011. Profit attributable to common shareholders was C$202m, an increase of C$60m, or 42.3% over the first quarter of 2011. The increase was primarily due to a gain of C$84m resulting from the sale of the full service retail brokerage business as well as increased net interest income and reduced operating expenses. This was partially offset by restructuring charges of C$36m mostly relating to the wind down of the consumer finance business and lower net fee income. Excluding the gain on the sale of the full service retail brokerage business, the restructuring charges and after income tax expense, HSBC Bank Canada's profit for the period was C$173m, an increase of C$13m, or 8.1% over the same period in 2011. The return on average common equity was 19.9% for the quarter, an increase from 16.6% in the same period in 2011 due to the gain on the sale of the full service retail brokerage business offset by restructuring charges. Excluding the gain and restructuring charges, the adjusted return on average common equity was 15.3% for the first quarter of 2012.

Commenting on the results, Lindsay Gordon, President and Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Bank Canada, said:

"The bank's profit this quarter showed good growth over the same quarter in 2011 as a result of increased net interest income and decreased operating expenses even after excluding the impact of the sale of the full service retail brokerage business and restructuring charges arising from the wind-down of the consumer finance business. We are focused on growing HSBC Bank Canada by continuing to improve the efficiency of our business and investing in our core businesses in Commercial Banking, Global Banking and Markets, and Retail Banking and Wealth Management to meet the needs of HSBC Canada customers in the years ahead."

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