HSBC beat estimates for 2020

By: Miguel A. Rodriguez

18:34, 25 February 2021

After topping the 2020 earnings consensus, HSBC will pay interim dividends

Europe’s largest bank by assets reported earnings for 2020, and the results came in higher-than-expected.

For the past year, the bank announced a profit before tax of $8.78 billion, which topped the $8.33 billion consensus. However, compared to 2019 figures, the numbers fell 34%. Also, revenue for 2020 was 10% lower than what it reported in 2019, the figures coming in at $50.43 billion.

For the future, HSBC announced its plan of paying 15 cents per share interim dividends – the first payout since Q3 2019. Starting in 2022, HSBC considers a target payout ratio of 40%-55% of reported EPS. “We will consider share buy-backs, over time and not in the near term, where no immediate opportunity for capital redeployment exists. We will also no longer offer a scrip dividend option, and will pay dividends entirely in cash,” stated Noel Quinn, the bank’s CEO.

Moreover, HSBC is reconsidering its business strategy, as it announced multiple changes to senior executive roles, and it would focus on Asia – which is responsible for most of its revenues.

Following the news, during the Hong Kong trading hours, HSBC stock price added 5%.


Share this article

The information presented herein is prepared by and does not intend to constitute Investment Advice. The information herein is provided as a general marketing communication for information purposes only and as such it has not been prepared in accordance with legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research, and it is not subject to any prohibition on dealing ahead of the dissemination of investment research.                                                                                                                            Users/readers should not rely solely on the information presented herewith and should do their own research/analysis by also reading the actual underlying research. The content herewith is generic and does not take into consideration individual personal circumstances, investment experience, or current financial situation.Therefore, Key Way Investments Ltd shall not accept any responsibility for any losses of traders due to the use and the content of the information presented herein. Past performance and forecasts are not reliable indicators of future results.