Asia Slowdown Hits HSBC

HSBC's focus on Asia will mean short-term pain as the region slows, say Morningstar equity analysts. Volatile conditions there had caused worry about losses

Erin Davis 3 November, 2015 | 8:00AM
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HSBC's (HSBA) third-quarter headline profit before tax of $6 billion was up by nearly a third compared with the year-ago quarter, primarily because of a $1.1 billion noncash accounting gain on the bank's own debt and the non-recurrence of large misconduct provisions in the year-ago quarter. Underlying results were much less impressive and showed the impact of slow economic growth, in our opinion.

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Adjusted profit before tax of $5.5 billion was down 14% from the year-ago quarter, as adjusted revenue fell 4% and adjusted costs grew 2%. Despite the difficult quarter, return on average tangible equity remained reasonable, at 12.1% for the nine months ending September, and we think the bank's narrow moat is intact. Our long-term view that the bank can outearn this by about 100 basis points as conditions improve is also intact, and we plan to maintain our fair value estimate.

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Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
HSBC Holdings PLC438.05 GBX0.44Rating

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Erin Davis  is a senior banking analyst for Morningstar.

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