HSBC Bank Canada - Second quarter 2010 results*

VANCOUVER, July 22 /CNW/ -

    
    -   Reported net income attributable to common shares was C$152 million
        for the quarter ended 30 June 2010, an increase of 33.3 per cent over
        the same period in 2009.

    -   Reported net income attributable to common shares was C$236 million
        for the half-year ended 30 June 2010, an increase of 18.6 per cent
        over the same period in 2009.(xx)

    -   Return on average common equity was 17.6 per cent for the quarter
        ended 30 June 2010 and 13.8 per cent for the half-year ended 30 June
        2010 compared with 13.3 per cent and 11.6 per cent respectively for
        the same periods in 2009.(xx)

    -   The cost efficiency ratio was 53.2 per cent for the quarter ended 30
        June 2010 and 56.9 per cent for the half-year ended 30 June 2010
        compared with 51.9 per cent for both comparable periods in 2009.

    -   Total assets were C$71.5 billion at 30 June 2010 compared with C$70.5
        billion at 30 June 2009.

    -   Total funds under management were C$27.9 billion at 30 June 2010
        compared with C$24.5 billion at 30 June 2009.

    -   Tier 1 capital ratio of 13.0 per cent and a total capital ratio of
        15.6 per cent at 30 June 2010 compared to 11.2 per cent and 13.8 per
        cent respectively at 30 June 2009.(xx)

    *    Results are prepared in accordance with Canadian generally
           accepted accounting principles.

    (xx)   Calculated using guidelines issued by the Office of the
           Superintendent of Financial Institutions in accordance with Basel
           II capital adequacy framework.


    HSBC Bank Canada                                    Financial Commentary
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Overview

HSBC Bank Canada recorded net income attributable to common shares for the three months ended 30 June 2010 of C$152 million, an increase of C$38 million, or 33.3 per cent compared with the C$114 million reported in the same period in 2009, and an increase of C$68 million or 81.0 per cent compared to C$84 million for the first quarter of 2010. Net income attributable to common shares for the six months ended 30 June 2010 was C$236 million, compared with the C$199 million reported in the same period in 2009, and an increase of C$37 million or 18.6 per cent. Good results during the first two quarters of 2010 were somewhat masked by the impact of fair value accounting on our economic hedges, US$ denominated assets and liabilities and a portion of our own debt held at fair value. This caused the results to bear charges of C$25 million and C$112 million in the second and first quarters respectively compared to credits of C$14 million and C$35 million for the same periods in 2009, even though no economic gain or loss occurred. Income before tax excluding these items for the second quarter and the year to date 2010 increased by 53.4 per cent and 87.9 per cent respectively over the comparative periods in 2009 and income before taxes for the second quarter increased by 3.8 per cent compared to the first quarter of 2010.

Commenting on the results, Lindsay Gordon, President and Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Bank Canada, said:

"Strong operating results for the second quarter of 2010 reflect the strength of the bank's core businesses as revenues continued to increase, credit losses decreased and costs remained well controlled.

"We are benefitting from the recovery of the Canadian economy and our continued support of customers' personal and business banking needs is resulting in increased demand for our services as conditions improve. Continued investments in new products to serve globally minded businesses and individuals are bringing in new customers and strengthening our brand in Canada."

Net interest income

Net interest income for the second quarter of 2010 was C$393 million, compared with C$368 million for the same quarter in 2009, an increase of C$25 million, or 6.8 per cent. This resulted from an increase in average interest earning assets from C$60.9 billion to C$61.8 billion and an increase in net interest margin to 2.55 per cent in the quarter compared with 2.42 per cent in the same quarter of 2009, despite a shift in asset mix from higher earning commercial loans to lower yielding government securities as a result of a lower demand for credit.

Net interest income from core banking operations which consists of the Personal Financial Services, Commercial Banking and Global Banking and Markets businesses increased by C$44 million or 16.5 per cent from the same period in 2009. This was as a result of an increase in net interest margin to 2.12 per cent in the second quarter of 2010 from 1.88 per cent in the same period last year, and an increase in average interest earning assets from C$57.1 billion to C$58.8 billion. The net interest margin for core banking operations increased as a result of a more stable interest rate environment than the comparable period in 2009. In addition, net interest margin in the current quarter has been positively impacted by pricing initiatives in previous periods on commercial loans reflecting changes in the credit environment, although the volumes of commercial loans declined. Net interest income for the Consumer Finance business decreased by C$19 million or 18.8 per cent compared to the same quarter in 2009 mainly as a result of a reduction in average receivables of 21.1 per cent to C$3.0 billion.

Net interest income for the three months ended 30 June 2010 increased by C$13 million or 3.4 per cent compared to the first quarter of 2010. Net interest margin increased by five basis points to 2.55 per cent and average interest earning assets increased marginally. The net interest margin for core banking operations increased by three basis points compared to the first quarter of 2010 and the net interest margin for the Consumer Finance business also increased resulting from the expiration of promotional pricing on certain loans.

On a year-to-date basis, net interest income was C$773 million in 2010, compared with C$718 million in the same period last year, an increase of C$55 million, or 7.7 per cent. Net interest margin increased by 16 basis points to 2.52 per cent, while average interest earning assets increased by C$0.4 billion. This was a result of the factors noted above, whereas in 2009 the bank experienced a compression of margins resulting from economic actions taken by governments at that time to counter the world-wide recession.

Non-interest revenue

Non-interest revenue was C$271 million in the second quarter of 2010, compared with C$289 million for the same quarter in 2009, a decrease of C$18 million, or 6.2 per cent. Non-interest revenue in the Global Banking and Markets business in the second quarter of 2010 includes the impact of a charge of C$25 million compared to a credit of C$14 million in the second quarter of 2009 for other mark-to-market accounting losses. Canadian generally accepted accounting principles require that mark-to-market changes in the fair values of derivatives used as hedges for certain of the bank's non-trading assets and liabilities which do not qualify for hedge accounting are recorded in income although no economic loss has arisen. This includes derivatives related to certain mortgage securitization programs where the bank does not expect to realize any gains or losses as it is our intent to hold such derivatives to maturity. Similarly, changes in market values of certain other non-trading financial assets and liabilities are also required to be included in reported income, even though no economic gain or loss has resulted. These non-cash items are driven largely by changes in market interest and foreign exchange rates or refinement of model assumptions used in valuing certain complex financial instruments. Changes in mark-to-market values can create significant inter-period volatility in the bank's reported results, but as these instruments are normally held to their maturity, there is no resulting economic loss or gain.

Excluding the impact of other net mark-to-market accounting losses noted above, non-interest revenue increased by C$21 million or 7.6 per cent from the same quarter in 2009. Credit fees were C$10 million higher due to pricing initiatives in the Commercial Banking business. Investment administration fees in the Personal Financial Services business were C$8 million higher reflecting the increased market values of customer portfolios compared to the prior year. Securitisation income was C$8 million higher reflecting a higher volume of transactions compared to the previous year. Other income was C$16 million higher due to increases in recoveries for HSBC Technology Services from other HSBC Group companies as well as increased fees from the Global Investor Immigrant program and loan insurance revenues. Trading revenue in Global Banking and Markets of C$46 million was C$2 million lower in the second quarter of 2010 compared to the same period in the prior year. Included in trading income in 2010 was a C$20 million recovery of previously recorded losses as a result of the disposal of substantially all of the bank's non-bank Canadian asset-backed commercial paper portfolio ("ABCP"). This compared to a C$11 million increase in valuation recorded on ABCP in 2009, where trading gains also benefited from volatile interest and foreign exchange markets and the favourable impact of foreign currency funding in a lower interest rate environment at that time. Capital market fees in Global Banking and Markets were C$7 million lower due to a lower level of activities in underwriting, advisory, equity and debt markets in 2010 compared to the same period in the previous year. Gains on available-for-sale securities were C$16 million lower reflecting gains on securities sold in the second quarter of 2009.

Non-interest revenue for the three months ended 30 June 2010 was C$105 million or 63.3 per cent higher than the first quarter of 2010. Excluding the impact of other net mark-to-market accounting losses of C$25 million, which were C$87 million better than losses of C$112 million in the first quarter of 2010, non-interest revenue increased by C$18 million or 6.5 per cent. Trading revenue was higher reflecting a recovery of previously recorded losses arising from the disposal of the ABCP portfolio. Other income was C$11 million higher particularly due to increases in fees from Investor Immigrant Services and loan insurance revenues. Credit fees were C$4 million higher due to pricing initiatives. Capital market fees decreased by C$5 million reflecting a lower level of activity than in the prior quarter, while securitisation income was C$26 million lower reflecting a lower volume of transactions compared to the first quarter.

On a year-to-date basis, non-interest revenue was C$437 million in 2010, compared with C$566 million in the same period last year, a decrease of C$129 million, or 22.8 per cent. Other mark to market losses were C$137 million which compared to gains of C$49 million, recorded in the same period in 2009, an adverse impact of C$186 million. Excluding the impact of these items, non-interest revenue increased by C$57 million or 11.0 per cent. Credit fees were C$21 million higher due to pricing initiatives, while investment administration fees were C$15 million higher reflecting the increased average market values of customer portfolios as well as increased sales of investment products. Securitisation income was C$11 million higher reflecting a higher volume of transactions compared to the previous year. Other income was C$43 million higher particularly due to increases in fees from Investor Immigrant Services of C$10 million, increased loan insurance revenues and increases in recoveries from other HSBC Group companies, while 2009 reflected the adverse impact of a C$20 million loss contingency. Trading revenue was C$23 million lower as 2009 benefited from of volatile interest and foreign exchange markets. Gains on available-for-sale securities were C$13 million lower.

Non-interest expenses

Non-interest expenses of C$353 million in the second quarter of 2010 were C$12 million or 3.5 per cent higher than the same period in 2009. Salaries and employee benefits were little changed compared to the previous year. Full time salaries in the Consumer Finance business decreased following reductions in branch operations and there were lower stock-based compensation costs. However, these were offset by increased salary expenses relating to the delivery of technology services to other HSBC Group companies which increased reflecting the corresponding level of revenue noted above, and increased performance based incentives as a result of better underlying performance. Premises and equipment expenses increased marginally due to the termination of certain equipment contracts. Other non-interest expenses were C$9 million higher mainly due to increased expenses related to the delivery of technology services to other HSBC Group companies. The cost efficiency ratio for the second quarter of 2010 was 53.2 per cent compared to 51.9 per cent in the same period in 2009 mainly as a reflection of the adverse swing in other mark-to-market accounting gains, net, which is a non-cash income or expense item. Excluding the impact of this swing, the cost efficiency ratio would have improved by 1.8 percentage points. Non-interest expenses for the three months ended 30 June 2010 were C$18 million or 5.4 per cent higher than the first quarter of 2010. Salaries and employee benefits were C$11 million higher mainly due to higher performance based incentives and expenses relating to implementing certain restructuring initiatives. Premises and equipment expenses were C$5 million higher mainly due to property tax payments as well as certain contract termination expenses. Other expenses increased marginally. The cost efficiency ratio was 53.2 per cent compared to 61.4 per cent in the first quarter as a result of the impact of other mark-to-market losses noted above. Excluding the impact of this item, the cost efficiency ratio would have increased marginally.

On a year-to-date basis, non-interest expenses were C$688 million in 2010, compared with C$666 million in the same period last year, an increase of C$22 million or 3.3 per cent. Salaries and employee benefits were C$6 million lower mainly due to lower full time salaries in the Consumer Finance business following reductions in branch operations and lower stock based compensation following reductions in awards, offset by slightly higher performance based incentives. Premises and equipment expense were little changed compared to the same period in 2009. Other non-interest expenses were C$26 million higher mainly due to increased expenses relating to the delivery of technology services to other HSBC Group companies, increased brokerage expenses resulting from increased activity in our Immigrant Investor Services business and increased marketing expenditures as the bank continues to promote its brand. This was partially offset by reductions in corporate capital taxes. On a year-to-date basis, the cost efficiency ratio was 56.9 per cent compared to 51.9 per cent in 2009. Excluding the impact of mark-to-market items, the cost efficiency ratio would have improved by 2.8 percentage points.

Credit quality and provision for credit losses

Provision for credit losses was C$66 million for the second quarter of 2010, compared with C$126 million in the second quarter of 2009, and C$63 million for the first quarter of 2010. Although conditions still remain uncertain, the improvement in the second quarter of 2010 compared to the same quarter in 2009 was due to a decrease in specific provisions for credit losses reflecting improved economic conditions and lower delinquencies in our Consumer Finance business. The reduction in expense compared to the same period in the previous year included C$22 million relating to core banking operations and C$38 million for Consumer Finance.

Gross impaired credit exposures were C$911 million, compared with C$1,022 million at 31 December 2009 and C$1,088 million at 30 June 2009. Total impaired exposures, net of specific allowances for credit losses, were C$717 million at 30 June 2010 compared with C$836 million at 31 December 2009 and C$850 million at 30 June 2009. Total impaired exposures includes C$171 million (31 December 2009 - C$214 million, 30 June 2009 - C$222 million) of Consumer Finance and other consumer loans, for which impairment is assessed collectively. The general allowance applicable to Consumer Finance loans was C$158 million compared to C$201 million at 31 December 2009 and C$221 million at 30 June 2009. The total general allowance was C$411 million compared to C$452 million and C$480 million at 31 December 2009 and 30 June 2009 respectively. The total allowance for credit losses, as a percentage of loans and acceptances outstanding, was 1.4 per cent at 30 June 2010, slightly lower than 1.5 per cent at 31 December 2009 and 30 June 2009.

Income taxes

The effective tax rate in the second quarter of 2010 was 29.8 per cent, compared with 29.5 per cent in the same quarter of 2009 and 30.3 per cent in the first quarter of 2010.

Balance sheet

Total assets at 30 June 2010 were C$71.5 billion, an increase of C$0.2 billion from 31 December 2009 and C$1.0 billion from 30 June 2009. This mainly resulted from increased liquidity, which remained strong at 30 June 2010, with C$26.0 billion of cash resources, securities and reverse repurchase agreements, compared to C$25.1 billion at 31 December 2009 and C$21.4 billion at 30 June 2009. This was offset by a decrease of C$0.9 billion in business and government loans and customers liabilities under acceptances from the end of 2009. This arose as a result of lower borrowing demands from clients who are de-leveraging their exposures following the effect of the world-wide recession and a reduction in our real estate exposures. There was also a decrease in Consumer Finance receivables of C$0.4 billion as a result of lower loan originations arising from credit tightening decisions. New loan originations increased the net amount of residential mortgages outstanding by C$0.2 billion. There was also a demand in our Personal Financial Services business for consumer loans and personal lines of credit which increased C$ 0.2 billion.

Total deposits increased to C$51.8 billion at 30 June 2010 from C$50.2 billion at 31 December 2009 and C$49.6 billion at 30 June 2009. The main drivers for increases were business deposits together with smaller increases in wholesale deposits, included in business and government deposits.

Total assets under administration

Funds under management were C$27.9 billion at 30 June 2010 a decrease of C$0.3 billion from 31 December 2009 and an increase of C$3.4 billion from 30 June 2009. Including custody and administration balances, total assets under administration were C$37.4 billion compared with C$38.9 billion at 31 December 2009 and C$33.9 billion at 30 June 2009.

Capital management and regulatory capital ratios

Capital adequacy ratios calculated in accordance with the Basel II framework were 13.0 per cent for tier 1 and 15.6 per cent for total capital at 30 June 2010 compared with 12.1 per cent and 14.9 per cent at 31 December 2009, and 11.2 per cent and 13.8 per cent at 30 June 2009 respectively.

Dividends

During the second quarter of 2010, the bank declared and paid C$65 million in dividends on HSBC Bank Canada common shares, C$5 million lower than the same period in 2009. The total common dividends for 2010 are not expected to exceed the amounts declared and paid in 2009.

Regular quarterly dividends of 31.875 cents per share have been declared on HSBC Bank Canada Class 1 Preferred Shares - Series C, 31.25 cents per share on Class 1 Preferred Shares - Series D, 41.25 cents per share on Class 1 Preferred Shares - Series E and 7.75 cents per share on Class 2 Preferred Shares - Series B. Dividends will be payable on 30 September 2010, for shareholders of record on 15 September 2010.

Reclassification and presentation

The bank provides services or enter into transactions with a number of HSBC Group companies regarding the sharing of cost of development by Canadian employees for certain technology platforms used by HSBC around the world. In previous periods, the bank has reported the salary and related direct expenses for these employees and the recovery of these expenditures on a net basis as part of "Non-interest expenses, Other". Effective for the first quarter of 2010, the bank has reported the impact of these transactions on a gross basis by increasing the appropriate expense categories and reclassifying the recovery of these expenditures to "Non-interest revenue, Other". Prior periods have also been reclassified to conform to the current year's presentation. The impact of this reclassification resulted in increases in these reported items as follows:

    
                                     Quarter ended           Half-year ended
    Figures in C$ millions  ----------------------------- -------------------
                             30 June  31 March   30 June   30 June   30 June
                                2010      2010      2009      2010      2009
                            --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------

    Non-interest revenue
      Other                 $     40  $     38  $     38  $     78  $     72
                            --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------

    Non-interest expense
      Salaries and employee
       benefits                   22        22        22        44        46
      Premises and equipment       -         1         2         1         3
      Other                       18        15        14        33        23
                            --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------
                            $     40  $     38  $     38  $     78  $     72
                            --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------
    

The impact of these items on the cost efficiency ratios was an increase for each of the periods as follows:

    
                                     Quarter ended           Half-year ended
                            ----------------------------- -------------------
                             30 June  31 March   30 June   30 June   30 June
                                2010      2010      2009      2010      2009
                            --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------

    Cost efficiency ratio        3.0%      2.9%      3.0%      3.0%      2.9%
    

About HSBC Bank Canada

HSBC Bank Canada, a subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc, has more than 260 offices, including over 140 bank branches and is the leading international bank in Canada. With around 8,000 offices in 88 countries and territories and assets of US$2,364 billion at 31 December 2009, the HSBC Group is one of the world's largest banking and financial services organisations. Visit the bank's website at hsbc.ca for more information about HSBC Bank Canada and its products and services.

Copies of HSBC Bank Canada's second quarter 2010 report will be sent to shareholders in August 2010.

Caution regarding forward-looking financial statements

This document may contain forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the business and anticipated financial performance of HSBC Bank Canada. These statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements. Some of the factors that could cause such differences include legislative or regulatory developments, technological change, global capital market activity, changes in government monetary and economic policies, changes in prevailing interest rates, inflation level and general economic conditions in geographic areas where HSBC Bank Canada operates. Canada is an extremely competitive banking environment and pressures on interest rates and the bank's net interest margin may arise from actions taken by individual banks acting alone. Varying economic conditions may also affect equity and foreign exchange markets, which could also have an impact on the bank's revenues. The factors disclosed above may not be complete and there could be other uncertainties and potential risk factors not considered here which may impact the bank's results and financial condition.

    
    HSBC Bank Canada                                                 Summary
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                                     Quarter ended           Half-year ended
    Figures in C$ millions  ----------------------------- -------------------
    (except per share        30 June  31 March   30 June   30 June   30 June
     amounts)                   2010      2010      2009      2010      2009
                            --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------
    Earnings
    Net income attributable
     to common shares       $    152  $     84  $    114  $    236  $    199
    Basic earnings per
     share (C$)                 0.30      0.17      0.23      0.47      0.40

    Performance ratios (%)
    Return on average
     common equity              17.6       9.9      13.3      13.8      11.6
    Return on average assets    0.85      0.47      0.65      0.66      0.57
    Net interest margin*      2.55      2.50      2.42      2.52      2.36
    Cost efficiency ratio(xx)   53.2      61.4      51.9      56.9      51.9
    Non-interest revenue:
     total revenue ratio(xxx)   40.8      30.4      44.0      36.1      44.1

    Credit information
    Gross impaired credit
     exposures              $    911  $    976  $  1,088
    Allowance for credit
     losses
    - Balance at end of
       period                    605       633       718
    - As a percentage of
       gross impaired
       credit exposures         66.4%     64.9%     66.0%
    - As a percentage of
       gross loans and
       acceptances               1.4%      1.5%      1.5%

    Average balances
    Assets                  $ 72,109  $ 72,009  $ 70,329  $ 72,061  $ 70,895
    Loans                     36,220    36,810    40,296    36,514    41,235
    Deposits                  52,929    53,320    50,605    53,123    51,063
    Common equity              3,433     3,468     3,441     3,451     3,451

    Capital ratios (%)(xxxx)
    Tier 1                      13.0      12.3      11.2
    Total capital               15.6      14.8      13.8

    Total assets under
     administration
    Funds under management  $ 27,890  $ 30,382  $ 24,469
    Custody accounts           9,535    10,730     9,451
                            --------- --------- ---------
    Total assets under
     administration         $ 37,425  $ 41,112  $ 33,920

    *    Net interest margin is net interest income divided by average
           interest earning assets for the period.
    (xx)   The cost efficiency ratio is defined as non-interest expenses
           divided by total revenue. Reclassified for certain group
           technology changes as noted on page 7.
    (xxx)  Net interest revenue: total revenue ratio. Reclassified as noted
           in (xx) above.
    (xxxx) Calculated using guidelines issued by the Office of the
           Superintendent of Financial Institution Canada in accordance with
           Basel II capital adequacy framework.



    HSBC Bank Canada             Consolidated Statement of Income (Unaudited)
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                                     Quarter ended           Half-year ended
    Figures in C$ millions  ----------------------------- -------------------
    (except per share        30 June  31 March   30 June   30 June   30 June
     amounts)                   2010      2010      2009      2010      2009
                            --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------
    Interest income
      Loans                 $    444  $    440  $    496  $    884  $  1,047
      Securities                  70        68        68       138       136
      Deposits with
       regulated financial
       institutions                3         4         3         7         7
                            --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------
                                 517       512       567     1,029     1,190
                            --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------

    Interest expense
      Deposits                    98        97       159       195       384
      Interest bearing
       liabilities of
       subsidiaries, other
       than deposits              18        26        31        44        69
      Debentures                   8         9         9        17        19
                            --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------
                                 124       132       199       256       472
                            --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------

    Net interest income          393       380       368       773       718
                            --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------

    Non-interest revenue
      Deposit and payment
       service charges            28        27        27        55        54
      Credit fees                 49        45        39        94        73
      Capital market fees         27        32        34        59        60
      Investment
       administration fees        36        33        28        69        54
      Foreign exchange            13        11         9        24        19
      Trade finance                5         6         6        11        13
      Trading revenue             46        20        48        66        89
      Gains on
       available-for-sale
       and other securities        6         3        22         9        22
      Securitization income       12        38         4        50        39
      Other                       74        63        58       137        94
      Other mark-to-market
      accounting gains/
      (losses), net              (25)     (112)       14      (137)       49
                            --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------
                                 271       166       289       437       566
                            --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------
    Total revenue                664       546       657     1,210     1,284
                            --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------

    Non-interest expenses
      Salaries and employee
       benefits                  188       177       187       365       371
      Premises and equipment      47        42        45        89        87
      Other                      118       116       109       234       208
                            --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------
                                 353       335       341       688       666
                            --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------

    Net operating income
     before provision for
     credit losses               311       211       316       522       618
    Provision for credit
     losses                       66        63       126       129       287
                            --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------
    Income before provision
     for income taxes and
     non-controlling interest
     in income of trust          245       148       190       393       331
    Provision for income taxes    71        43        54       114        93
    Non-controlling interest
     in income of trust            7         6         7        13        13
                            --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------
    Net income              $    167  $     99  $    129  $    266  $    225
                            --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------
                            --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------

    Preferred share
     dividends                    15        15        15        30        26
                            --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------
    Net income attributable
     to common shares       $    152  $     84  $    114  $    236  $    199
                            --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------
                            --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------

    Average common shares
     outstanding (000)       498,668   498,668   498,668   498,668   498,668
    Basic earnings per
     share (C$)                 0.30      0.17      0.23      0.47      0.40



    HSBC Bank Canada         Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet (Unaudited)
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                                                At           At           At
                                           30 June  31 December      30 June
    Figures in C$ millions                    2010         2009         2009
                                      ------------- ------------ ------------
    Assets
    Cash resources
      Cash and non-interest bearing
       deposits with the Bank of
       Canada and other banks         $        588  $       652  $       688
      Deposits with regulated
       financial institutions                1,222        1,245        1,322
                                      ------------- ------------ ------------
                                             1,810        1,897        2,010
                                      ------------- ------------ ------------

    Securities
      Available-for-sale                    13,276       12,682       10,866
      Held-for-trading                       2,450        1,986        2,222
      Other                                     40           41           53
                                      ------------- ------------ ------------
                                            15,766       14,709       13,141
                                      ------------- ------------ ------------

    Securities purchased under
     reverse repurchase agreements           8,374        8,496        6,211
                                      ------------- ------------ ------------

    Loans
      Business and government               17,926       18,442       20,401
      Residential mortgages                 11,566       11,359       11,580
      Consumer finance loans                 2,777        3,199        3,494
      Other consumer loans                   5,988        5,742        5,617
      Allowance for credit losses             (605)        (638)        (718)
                                      ------------- ------------ ------------
                                            37,652       38,104       40,374
                                      ------------- ------------ ------------
    Other
      Customers' liability under
       acceptances                           4,593        4,966        5,605
      Derivatives                            1,349        1,100        1,419
      Land, buildings and equipment            125          142          121
      Other assets                           1,825        1,923        1,593
                                      ------------- ------------ ------------
                                             7,892        8,131        8,738
                                      ------------- ------------ ------------
                                      $     71,494  $    71,337  $    70,474
                                      ------------- ------------ ------------
                                      ------------- ------------ ------------

    Liabilities and shareholders'
     equity
    Deposits
      Regulated financial
       institutions                   $        965  $       754  $     1,040
      Individuals                           21,642       21,578       22,036
      Businesses and governments            29,179       27,875       26,497
                                      ------------- ------------ ------------
                                            51,786       50,207       49,573
                                      ------------- ------------ ------------
    Other
      Acceptances                            4,593        4,966        5,605
      Interest bearing liabilities
       of subsidiaries, other than
       deposits                              2,359        3,324        3,276
      Derivatives                            1,030          897        1,088
      Securities sold under
       repurchase agreements                 1,411        2,517        1,892
      Securities sold short                  1,572        1,148          925
      Other liabilities                      3,055        2,650        2,548
      Non-controlling interest in
       trust and subsidiary                    430          430          430
                                      ------------- ------------ ------------
                                            14,450       15,932       15,764
                                      ------------- ------------ ------------

    Subordinated debentures                    742          834          826
                                      ------------- ------------ ------------
    Shareholders' equity
      Capital stock
        Preferred shares                       946          946          946
        Common shares                        1,225        1,225        1,225
      Contributed surplus                       10            7            2
      Retained earnings                      2,209        2,113        2,004
      Accumulated other comprehensive
       income                                  126           73          134
                                      ------------- ------------ ------------
                                             4,516        4,364        4,311
                                      ------------- ------------ ------------
    Total liabilities and
     shareholders' equity             $     71,494  $    71,337  $    70,474
                                      ------------- ------------ ------------
                                      ------------- ------------ ------------



                                                      Condensed Consolidated
    HSBC Bank Canada                      Statement of Cash Flows (Unaudited)
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                                     Quarter ended           Half-year ended
    Figures in C$ millions  ----------------------------- -------------------
                             30 June  31 March   30 June   30 June   30 June
                                2010      2010      2009      2010      2009
                            --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------
    Cash flows provided by
     (used in)
    - operating activities  $    143  $    544  $    (91) $    687  $     41
    - financing activities       191      (853)      324      (662)   (2,016)
    - investing activities      (305)      215         9       (90)    2,230
                            --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------

    Increase (decrease) in
     cash and cash
     equivalents                  29       (94)      242       (65)      255
    Cash and cash
     equivalents,
     beginning of period         545       639       433       639       420
                            --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------
    Cash and cash
     equivalents,
     end of period          $    574  $    545  $    675  $    574  $    675
                            --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------
                            --------- --------- --------- --------- ---------

    Represented by
    - Cash resources per
       balance sheet        $    588  $    559  $    688
      - less non-operating
         deposits*             (14)      (14)      (13)
                            --------- --------- ---------
    - Cash and cash
       equivalents,
       end of period        $    574  $    545  $    675
                            --------- --------- ---------
                            --------- --------- ---------

    * Non-operating deposits are comprised primarily of cash restricted for
        recourse on securitization transactions.
    

SOURCE HSBC Bank Canada

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