ISTANBUL — United Kingdom-based financial group HSBC plans to cut its staff from 235,000 to 200,000 worldwide due to profit losses related to the coronavirus outbreak and protests in Hong Kong, it announced Tuesday.
HSBC’s performance last year was “resilient” and it decided to revise its plans to boost returns and sustainable growth, Noel Quinn, the group’s chief executive, said in the bank’s annual report.
“Reported profit attributable to ordinary shareholders down 53 percent to USD6 billion,” the report noted.
Quinn said the bank aims to cut operating costs 10-15 percent and focus on mobile clients, digital investments and unsecured lending.
In an interview with Financial Times, Quinn said bank plans to shed 35,000 jobs over the next three years.
Quinn noted in the report: “Since the start of January, the coronavirus outbreak has created significant disruption for our staff, suppliers, and customers, particularly in mainland China and Hong Kong.”
He added: “Group reported profit before tax was down 33 percent compared with 2018, due to a goodwill impairment of USD7.3 billion.”
He said the bank also wants to reduce gross risk-weighted assets by USD100 billion and also cut costs by USD4.5 billion within three years.
Mark Tucker, the group’s chairman, also pointed the finger at protests in Hong Kong in the report, saying: “Social unrest in Hong Kong has weighed on the local economy and caused significant disruption.” (Anadolu)
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