At a glance

We are one of the most international banking and financial services organisations in the world.

Our operating model consists of four global businesses, a Corporate Centre and five geographical regions, supported by 11 global functions.

Reported profit before tax
(1Q 2016: US$6.1bn)


Adjusted revenue
(1Q 2016: US$12.6bn)


Adjusted profit before tax
(1Q 2016: US$5.3bn)


Common equity tier 1 ratio
(4Q 2016: 13.6%)


Key highlights

  • Adjusted profit before tax up 12%, adjusted revenue up 2% compared with 1Q 2016
  • Revenue and loan growth in all three of our main businesses
  • Strong momentum in Asia with continued investment and growth in the Pearl River Delta
  • Adjusted loan impairment charges down 71% compared with 1Q 2016
  • Capital ratios continued to strengthen, with common equity tier 1 ratio rising to 14.3%

Group Chief Executive

Stuart Gulliver, HSBC Group Chief Executive

Key financial metrics

Return on average ordinary shareholders’ equity
(%, annualised)

1Q 2017
1Q 2016 9.0%

Return on average tangible equity
(%, annualised)

1Q 2017 9.1%
1Q 2016 10.3%

Our medium-term target is to achieve a return on equity (RoE) of more than 10%.

In the first quarter of 2017, the return on average ordinary shareholders’ equity was 8.0%. Return on average tangible equity was 9.1%.

Excluding significant items and the UK bank levy, return on average ordinary shareholders’ equity would have been 10% and return on average tangible equity would have been 11.3%.

Adjusted revenues

Adjusted Group revenue in 1Q 2017 was up 2% on 1Q 2016. Across our four global businesses adjusted revenue was up 9%. Retail Banking and Wealth Management was up 15%, Global Banking and Markets up 10%, Commercial Banking up 1%, and Global Private Banking down 8%.

Corporate Centre adjusted revenue was down US$0.7bn, reflecting an increase in interest expense on our debt, lower revenue from the US consumer and mortgage lending (CML) run-off portfolio and from less favourable valuation differences on long-term debt and associated swaps.

Dividends declared
(US$ per ordinary share)

In the current uncertain environment, we plan to sustain the annual dividend in respect of the year at its current level for the foreseeable future. Growing our dividend in the future will depend on the overall profitability of the Group, delivering further release of less efficiently deployed capital and meeting regulatory capital requirements in a timely manner. Actions to address these points were core elements of our Investor Update in June 2015.


Iain Mackay, Group Finance Director, HSBC, discusses the bank's capital strength and returns for shareholders.

Iain Mackay, Group Finance Director, HSBC