HSBC Bank Canada second quarter and first half 2012 results

Top Quote HSBC Bank Canada recorded profit of C$203m for the second quarter of 2012, a decrease of C$5m, or 2% compared to C$208m for the second quarter of 2011, and a decrease of C$17m, or 8%, compared to the first quarter of 2012. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) July 27, 2012 - Profit for the first half of 2012 was C$423m, an increase of C$55m, or 15% compared to the first half of 2011. Profit attributable to common shareholders was C$186m for the second quarter of 2012, a decrease of C$5m, or 3% compared with C$191m for the second quarter of 2011, and a decrease of C$16m, or 8% compared with the first quarter of 2012. Profit attributable to common shareholders for the first half of 2012 was C$388m, an increase of C$55m, or 17%, compared with the first half of 2011.

    The second quarter of 2011 included a C$47m recovery of fees paid in prior years from an HSBC affiliate. The first quarter of 2012 included a gain of C$84m related to the sale of the full service retail brokerage business offset by restructuring charges of C$36m mostly relating to the wind-down of the consumer finance business. Excluding these items adjusted for income tax, profit for the second quarter of 2012 increased by C$42m, or 26%, compared to second quarter of 2011, and increased by C$30m, or 17% compared to the first quarter of 2012. In addition, excluding these items adjusted for income tax, profit for the first half of 2012 was C$376m, an increase of C$55m, or 17%, compared to the first half of 2011. This was due to a decrease in total operating expenses related to the wind-down of the bank's consumer finance business, gains on the sale of financial investments and an increase in net trading income relating to customer foreign exchange trading.

    Commenting on the results, Lindsay Gordon, President and Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Bank Canada, said:

    "The bank's results continued to show resilience and good progress against our strategic objectives. We are focused on growing HSBC Bank Canada to best serve our customers investing in our core businesses of Commercial Banking, Global Banking and Markets, and Retail Banking and Wealth Management, improving efficiency, and driving down costs by providing internationally connected products which meet their needs."

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