HSBC to invest up $17 billion by 2020 in growth strategy pivot

HSBC has struggled to meet its profit goals in recent years after a shrinking of its global empire also cut income. (Reuters)
Updated 11 June 2018
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HSBC to invest up $17 billion by 2020 in growth strategy pivot

LONDON: HSBC will invest $15 billion to 17 billion in the next three years in areas including technology and its core Asian markets of Hong Kong and China as it swings from a strategy of cost-cutting to growth, new Chief Executive John Flint said on Monday.
The announcement is Flint’s first public indication to shareholders of the strategy he intends to pursue at HSBC, which has struggled to meet its profit goals in recent years after a shrinking of its global empire also cut income.
The update marks a definitive pivot in HSBC’s post-2008 crisis strategy, from cost-cutting and restructuring to investment and expansion as it seeks to improve returns.
The bank is targeting a return on tangible equity of 11 percent by 2020, Flint said, and will sustain its dividends at current levels.
“After a period of restructuring, it is now time for HSBC to get back into growth mode,” Flint said.
The main points of the bank’s refreshed strategy will likely come as little surprise for HSBC investors, with the focus squarely on further expansion in China and its prosperous southern Pearl River Delta region in particular.
The bank will also pursue further expansion in the British mortgage market as one of eight new strategic targets, HSBC said.
The bank has found no silver bullet for its underperforming US business, the strategy update released to investors on Monday showed, with HSBC set to focus on trying to grow its market share among internationally-focused mid-sized companies.
Flint in February said the bank was reviewing its US franchise, which has suffered from lack of scale and the consequences of its disastrous $15 billion acquisition of consumer lender Household in 2003.


Aramco CEO attends China development event

Aramco CEO Amin Nasser meets Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during the China Development Forum 2019. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 27 March 2019
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Aramco CEO attends China development event

Aramco CEO Amin Nasser attended the China Development Forum, a three-day event that focused on key issues such as the supply-side structural reform, new measures of proactive fiscal policy, and the opening up of the financial sector and financial stability. 

The Aramco chief met the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during the forum. Li expressed his appreciation for Saudi Aramco’s investment in an integrated downstream project in Panjin city in Liaoning, coming right after the visit of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to China in February. 

The exchange also allowed Nasser to briefly outline Aramco’s plans in China including downstream investments in Zhejiang province.