Dividend history and timetable

In line with the Board’s policy, dividends are paid every quarter on ordinary shares, with a pattern of three equal interim dividends for the first three quarters and a variable fourth interim dividend. Dividends are declared in US dollars but can also be paid in UK pounds sterling, Hong Kong dollars, or a combination of these three currencies, at the shareholder’s request. Dividends may also be satisfied, either completely or partially, by the issue of new shares instead of cash.

Below you can view the proposed timetable for the quarterly interim dividends in respect of 2019, together with historic dividend values and payments from 1997 to the present.

On 31 March 2020, HSBC announced it was cancelling the fourth interim dividend for 2019 amid the economic uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, and would not be paying the first three interim dividends for 2020.

Based on our results for 2020 and our forecasts for 2021, the Board will consider whether to pay a conservative dividend for 2020. Any such dividend would be dependent on the economic outlook in early 2021, and be subject to regulatory consultation. A final determination is expected to be made and communicated in February 2021 with our 2020 full-year results. We also expect to communicate our revised policy for dividends for 2021 and beyond at the same time.

2019

Dividend Announcement Payment date Value per share Timetable
Third interim 02 Oct 2019 20 Nov 2019 US$0.10

(£0.077998)
(HK$0.783290)

Timetable information

  • 02 Oct 2019 Announcement
  • 10 Oct 2019 Shares quoted ex-dividend in London, Hong Kong, New York, Paris and Bermuda
  • 11 Oct 2019 Record date in London, Hong Kong, New York, Paris and Bermuda
  • 20 Nov 2019 Payment date
Second interim 05 Aug 2019 26 Sep 2019 US$0.10

(£0.080335)
(HK$0.781801)

Timetable information

  • 05 Aug 2019 Announcement
  • 15 Aug 2019 Shares quoted ex-dividend in London, Hong Kong, New York, Paris and Bermuda
  • 16 Aug 2019 Record date in London, Hong Kong, New York, Paris and Bermuda
  • 26 Sep 2019 Payment date
First interim 03 May 2019 05 Jul 2019 US$0.10

(£0.078368)
(HK$0.781276)

Timetable information

  • 03 May 2019 Announcement
  • 16 May 2019 Shares quoted ex-dividend in London, Hong Kong, New York, Paris and Bermuda
  • 17 May 2019 Record date in London, Hong Kong, New York, Paris and Bermuda
  • 05 Jul 2019 Payment date
TOTAL*US$0.30

*Year-to-date dividend for the current year. Sterling and Hong Kong dollar equivalents for the current year will be shown when all translated dividend amounts for the year are available.


Note: Translated amounts are approximate.


For administrative questions relating to the payment of dividends, please contact the appropriate Registrars, ADR Depository or Paying Agent relating to your HSBC shareholding. Visit the Investor contacts page for details.

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