HSBC Holdings plc (‘HSBC’ or together with its subsidiaries, the ‘Group’) notes the publication today of the Bank of England’s 2021 Solvency Stress Test (‘SST’) results.

The scenario used for the 2021 SST is not a forecast. It is a severe path for the economy in 2021-25 on top of the economic shock associated with the Covid-19 pandemic that occurred in 2020 and represents an intensification of the macroeconomic shocks seen in 2020.

Under this stress scenario, the Bank of England’s results indicate that the Group’s common equity tier 1 (‘CET1’) capital ratio on an IFRS 9 transitional basisb would fall to a low point of 10.4%, above the Group’s CET1 reference rate of 7.7%. On an IFRS 9 non-transitional basis, the Group’s CET1 capital ratio is projected to reach a low point of 9.8%, which is above its IFRS 9 non-transitional CET1 reference rate of 7.2%.

The results incorporate strategic management actions, which have been accepted by the Bank of England for the purposes of this exercise. In practice, under such adverse economic circumstances, the Group would consider a variety of management actions depending on the prevailing circumstances at the time.

HSBC’s intention, as evidenced by its past actions, is to maintain a conservative and prudent approach to capital management. Today’s results demonstrate HSBC’s continued capital strength under this severe downside scenario.

The Bank of England’s 2021 stress test results are available to view in full at:

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HSBC Holdings plc

HSBC Holdings plc, the parent company of HSBC, is headquartered in London. HSBC serves customers worldwide from offices in 64 countries and territories in its geographical regions: Europe, Asia, North America, Latin America, and Middle East and North Africa. With assets of US$2,969bn at 30 September 2021, HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations.

Forward-looking statements

This announcement contains certain forward-looking statements with respect to the financial condition, results of operations, capital position, strategy and business of HSBC and its consolidated subsidiaries (together, the ‘HSBC Group’) which can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as ‘may’, ‘plan’, ‘will’, ‘should’, ‘expect’, ‘anticipate’, ‘project’, ‘seek’, ‘intend’ or ‘estimate’ (together, ‘forward-looking statements’). Any such forward-looking statements are not a reliable indicator of future performance, as they may involve significant stated or implied assumptions and subjective judgements which may or may not prove to be correct. There can be no assurance that any of the matters set out in forward-looking statements are attainable, will actually occur or will be realised or are complete or accurate. The assumptions and judgments may prove to be incorrect and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, contingencies and other important factors, many of which are outside the control of the HSBC Group. Actual achievements, results, performance or other future events or conditions may differ materially from those stated or implied and/or reflected in any forward-looking statements due to a variety of risks, uncertainties and other factors (including without limitation those which are referable to general market conditions, regulatory changes or due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic). Any such forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs, expectations and opinions of the HSBC Group at the date the statements are made, and the HSBC Group does not assume and disclaims, any obligation or duty to update, revise or supplement them if circumstances or management’s beliefs, expectations or opinions should change. For these reasons, recipients should not place reliance on, and are cautioned about relying on, any forward-looking statements. No representations or warranties, expressed or implied, are given by or on behalf of the HSBC Group as to the achievement or reasonableness of any projections, estimates or forecasts contained herein.

Additional detailed information concerning important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from this announcement is available in HSBC’s Annual Report and Accounts for the fiscal year ended 31 December 2020, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘SEC’) on Form 20-F on 24 February 2021 (the ‘2020 Form 20-F’), and in other reports on Form 6-K furnished to or filed with the SEC subsequent to the 2020 Form 20-F.