Wednesday 7 December 2016

HSBC shares soar on reports its considering spinning off British retail bank

Published 27/04/2015 | 08:13

Pedestrians walk past a branch of HSBC in central London November 3, 2014. HSBC's profits fell short of expectations in the third quarter after the bank set aside $1.8 billion for misconduct settlements and compensation for customers, including a potential fine for rigging currency markets. REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN - Tags: BUSINESS)
Pedestrians walk past a branch of HSBC in central London November 3, 2014. HSBC's profits fell short of expectations in the third quarter after the bank set aside $1.8 billion for misconduct settlements and compensation for customers, including a potential fine for rigging currency markets. REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN - Tags: BUSINESS)

Shares in HSBC, Europe's biggest bank, soared following reports is weighing plans to spin off its British retail bank in a £20bn. The shares added on 6pc.

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Directors at the bank are considering the future of its UK retail operations, the newspaper reported, the Sunday Times reported.

HSBC declined to comment on the report.

HSBC has ordered a review into whether it should move its headquarters out of Britain and potentially back to its former home in Hong Kong, threatening London's reputation as a global hub for finance and investment.

A UK law forcing banks to separate their domestic retail operations by 2019 is likely to be a key factor in any decision. If the bank does move, it could choose to spin off its UK arm, investors have said.

Founded 150 years ago as the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, HSBC issues most of Hong Kong's bank notes and has made $24 billion in profit there over the past three years, compared with a $4 billion loss in Britain over the same period.

Reuters

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