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HSBC profit jumps more than estimated as bank announces buyback

LiveMint logoLiveMint 31-07-2017 Stephen Morris

London/Hong Kong: HSBC Holdings Plc reported a bigger-than-estimated jump in second-quarter profit and announced it will buy back as much as $2 billion of stock.

Reported pretax profit rose to $5.3 billion from $3.6 billion a year earlier, Europe’s largest bank said in a statement Monday. That compared with the $4.6 billion average estimate of five analysts compiled by Bloomberg.

Chief executive officer Stuart Gulliver has spent most of his tenure attempting to improve profitability by shrinking HSBC’s vast global network, exiting almost 100 businesses and 18 countries. Gulliver is seeking to jump-start growth after five years of declining revenues and several costly misconduct scandals.

HSBC’s North American unit passed a Federal Reserve stress test in June, clearing the way for more than $3 billion of capital to be returned to shareholders, analysts said at the time.

The bank’s incoming chairman Mark Tucker, who succeeds Douglas Flint in October, is already considering internal and external candidates to replace Gulliver, who is due to retire next year, a person familiar with the matter said. Bloomberg

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