HSBC’s after-tax profit surges over 235% year-on-year, announces $3 billion share buyback

by | Oct 30, 2023 | Financial

Aaron P | Bauer-Griffin | GC Images | Getty ImagesHSBC’s profit after tax came in at $6.26 billion in the three months ended September, jumping 235% compared to the $2.66 billion in the same period last year.Europe largest bank by assets also saw profit before tax for the quarter rise by $4.5 billion to $7.7 billion, mainly due to a higher interest rate environment.However, the numbers missed expectations by economists, who were forecasting a third quarter profit after tax figure of $6.42 billion and profit before tax of $8.1 billion.HSBC said the increase was in part due to a $2.3 billion impairment in the third quarter of 2022 relating to the planned sale of its retail banking operations in France.Of that, $2.1 billion was reversed in the first quarter of 2023 as it became less certain that the transaction would be completed.”We now expect to reclassify these operations to held for sale in 4Q23, at which point the impairment would be reinstated,” it said.Revenue rose to $7.71 billion in the third quarter, up from $3.23 billion a year ago. HSBC also attributed this to the higher interest rate environment, saying that it has supported growth in net interest income in all of its global businesses.Net interest margin — a measure of lending profitability — stood at of 1.7%, up by 19 basis points year on year and beating estimates of 1.68%.However, NIM fell two basis points compared with the previous quarter. This reflected an increase in customers migrating their deposits to term products, particularly in Asia, HSBC said.For the nine months ended September, profit after tax …

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