We’ve been executing our strategy at pace in the first half of 2021 and we’re on track to deliver our medium to long term targets.
- Reported profit before tax increased by $6.5bn for 1H21 compared with 1H20 due to a materially improved credit performance even after investment increased and revenue declined
- The Board announced an interim dividend for 1H21 of $0.07 per ordinary share, to be paid in cash with no scrip alternative
- Group profits were more evenly shared across our geographies in the first half of this year than in 1H20 and we were profitable in every region
- There was good growth in customer lending, including mortgages in Wealth and Personal Banking and trade lending in Commercial Banking, and we increased wealth balances by 18%
- In the US and France we announced transactions that will reshape our business, taking firm steps to deliver on our strategy to prioritise our clients’ international ambitions
- Our Asia Wealth balances in the first half of the year reached $810bn, with Asia Wealth revenue up more than 26%, including the benefit of $359m of insurance market impacts
- In Green, Social, Sustainable and Sustainability-linked (GSSS) bonds, we helped raise more in the six months to June than in the whole of 2020
Weekly card spend in Hong Kong and the UK (US$m)
Weekly mortgage drawdowns in Hong Kong and the UK (US$m)
“These are good results that reflect the return of growth in our main markets and marked progress in the execution of our strategy. I’m pleased with the momentum generated around our growth and transformation plans, with good delivery against all four pillars of our strategy.
“We were profitable in every region in the first half of the year, supported by the release of expected credit loss provisions. Our lending pipeline began to translate into business growth in the second quarter and we further strengthened that pipeline during the half.”
Noel Quinn, HSBC Group Chief Executive
2 August 2021
In Asia, we continue to lay down the foundations for future growth. We grew our digital wealth management business in mainland China, expanding to five cities – Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hangzhou.
We also provided a number of new, scalable digital capabilities for our customers in the first half of the year, delivering the right technology to meet the banking needs of individuals and businesses. We doubled the number of live services on the cloud within a year, providing services rapidly and securely.
Our customers in the UAE and Singapore gained access to Global Money, our new multi-currency digital account, which can hold, send and convert money in up to 21 currencies.
We’ve also taken a number of important steps towards our net zero ambitions in these six months. We had overwhelming shareholder endorsement (99.7%) for our special resolution on climate change at our AGM, solidifying our commitment to support our customers in their transition to a low-carbon future.
In May, we launched a five-year philanthropic partnership with World Resources Institute (WRI) and WWF – the Climate Solutions Partnership – to unlock barriers to finance for companies and projects that tackle climate change, which is vital for bringing emerging climate solutions to commercial viability and scale.
Progress against targets
|Costs||Adjusted costs of ≤$31bn in 2022 on Dec 2020 average FX rates; $5-5.5bn of cost saves||On track; c.40% saves achieved|
|RWAs||>$110bn gross reduction by end-2022||
On track; $84.5bn of saves
|Capital||CET1 ratio ≥14%; manage in a 14-14.5% range over medium term; manage range down further long-term||15.6% CET1 ratio|
|RoTE||≥10% over the medium term||On track; 1H21 RoTE: 9.4%|
payout ratio range of 40-55% from 2022 onwards
|Expected to reach targeted payout ratio in FY21|
Sustainable finance and investments ($bn)
The current operating environment remains challenging for many communities, businesses and economies as many continue to deal with the devastating spread of COVID, and we remain supportive of the markets we serve.
Our results from the first half of this year are a strong indicator that we are on the right path and moving towards our strategic targets, powered by our renewed sense of purpose.
We are building a dynamic, entrepreneurial and inclusive culture and are embracing a hybrid working model wherever possible, giving our people the flexibility to work in a way that suits both them and our customers.
We will need less office space as a result, and we have plans to reduce our global office footprint by more than 3.6 million square feet – or around 20% – by the end of 2021.
We are also relocating three of our global business CEOs to Asia on a permanent basis, taking them closer to our customers and to the core of our business.
It’s been a solid first half of the year, but there is much more to do to deliver on our ambitions and we have a firm platform on which to build over the remainder of 2021.