HSBC to relaunch private banking business in India within a year


A yellow ambassador taxi drives past the HSBC bank building in Kolkata November 5, 2013. REUTERS/Rupak of Chowdhuri

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MUMBAI, June 30 (Reuters) – HSBC Holdings Plc (HSBA.L) plans to revive its private banking business in India within a year, its India CEO told Reuters, after the money-focused lender Asia has identified the country as a key strategic key market for growth.

HSBC exited the Indian private banking business in 2015 as part of a group strategy. The lucrative but highly competitive Indian market has few foreign players in a segment aimed at wealthy individuals.

The London-headquartered bank is preparing to relaunch the business in India as it increases its focus on Asia, which is the largest region in terms of profit generation along with Greater China and India. among its main markets.

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“We can see the amount of wealth creation in India and the growth in the number of millionaires…so a decision in principle has been taken to reintroduce private banking services in India,” said Hitendra Dave, CEO of HSBC India.

“We are going through the process of internal approvals and this may take six to 12 months and will include a full suite of private banking products,” he said in an interview.

Currently, HSBC is focused on catering to wealthy Indians from its global hubs in Singapore, London and the Middle East.

Nuno Matos, HSBC’s global CEO of Wealth and Personal Banking, which understands the private banking sector, told Reuters in November last year that the bank was exploring whether to re-enter private banking ashore in India. Read more

HSBC earned just over half of its revenue and around two-thirds of reported pre-tax profit in 2021 in Asia. He has focused more on Asia moving global executives and pumping billions of dollars into the lucrative wealth management industry.

The bank also aims to quadruple its customer base in India across different business segments over the next three to five years, Dave said, taking advantage of some foreign competitors by shrinking their business and increasing wealth in the country.

HSBC India’s pre-tax profit rose 9% to $1.11 billion in 2021 from $1.02 billion in 2020, driven by 42% growth in revenue from its commercial banking business, which includes medium and small businesses.

“Over the years, the group has invested $4.5 billion in the country. Over the past few years, we have managed to grow without the need for additional capital and this may continue for the foreseeable future as well,” he said. said Dave.

Last year, the lender agreed to buy the mutual fund arm of L&T Finance Holdings (LTFH.NS) in India for $425 million, and also plans to increase its stake in the insurance joint venture . Read more

“HSBC has identified India as one of its key strategic markets and we have huge potential for organic growth, but we can also look at inorganic growth if an opportunity arises,” said India’s CEO.

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Reporting by Nupur Anand; Editing by Sumeet Chatterjee and David Evans

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