Hang Seng Bank Ltd.

Hong Kong

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Jan 19, 2018
Prev close: 189.5
Jan 19, 2018
Market cap:
Market cap(USD):
Shares: 1,911.84M

Currency in HKD

Company profile

Market(Ticker): HKG(11)
Regional Banks
Full time employees: 9,708

Business summary

Hang Seng Bank Ltd. provides commercial banking and related financial services. It operates through the following business segments: Retail Banking and Wealth Management; Commercial Banking; Global Banking and Markets; and Other. The Retail Banking and Wealth Management segment offers a range of products and services to meet the personal banking, consumer lending, and wealth management needs of individual customers. The Commercial Banking segment provides products and services to corporate, commercial and small-medium enterprise (SME) customers including corporate lending, trade and receivable finance, payments and cash management, treasury and foreign exchange, general insurance, key-person insurance, investment services and corporate wealth management. The Global Banking and Markets segment gives tailored financial solutions to major corporate and institutional clients. The Other segment represents the Bank's holdings of premises, investment properties, equity shares and subordinated debt funding as well as central support and functional costs with associated recoveries. The company was founded by Sin Hang Ho in 1933 and is headquartered in Hong Kong.

Company background

Hang Seng Bank is a major local bank in Hong Kong and a member of the U.K.'s HSBC group.

Hang Seng has a strong presence in Hong Kong's retail banking sector, with more than 240 branches and numerous ATMs set up at MTR stations and shopping malls. More than half of Hong Kong's adult population is said to have an account at Hang Seng Bank.

The bank established a subsidiary in mainland China in 2007 and operates some 50 branches in such cities as Shanghai and Beijing. It plans to focus on selling financial products, such as investment trusts and insurance.

Hang Seng Bank started as a money exchanger in 1933 and was once the largest Chinese-capitalized bank in Hong Kong. But the plunge of the real estate and stock markets in Hong Kong in 1965 triggered a run on the bank. As a result, it eventually went under Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corp. umbrella.

Currently, Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corp. owns roughly 60% of Hang Seng Bank. The two entities work together closely in many ways, such as sharing ATMs.

The Hang Seng Index, introduced in 1969, is considered Hong Kong's benchmark stock index.

Hang Seng Bank Vice-Chairman and CEO Rose Lee Wai-mun has held key posts at HSBC's Hong Kong division.

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Financial highlights

Dec 2016

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Revenue 50,587M
Gross profit --
Operating income 19,047M
Income before tax 19,090M
Net income 15,866M
Diluted EPS 8.3
Dividends per share 6.1
Total assets 1,377.24B
Total liabilities 1,243.53B
Total equity 133,645M
Operating cash flow 26,469M

Currency in HKD

Revenue 6,516.87M
Gross profit --
Operating income 2,453.73M
Income before tax 2,459.27M
Net income 2,043.94M
Diluted EPS 1.06
Dividends per share 0.78
Total assets 177,636.44M
Total liabilities 160,391.19M
Total equity 17,237.50M
Operating cash flow 3,409.87M

Currency in USD

Valuation measures

Dec 2016

PER 17.38
ROA 1.17%
ROE 11.81%
Operating margin 37.65%
Profit margin 31.36%

Key executive

  • Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer: Wai Wan Cheang
  • Chief Operating Officer: Eunice Chan
  • Chief Financial Officer: Wing Lok Leung
  • Assistant General Manager: Shun Chuen Lau
  • Head-Retail Banking & Wealth Management: Margaret Kwan

Share holders

  • HSBC Holdings Plc(62.1%)
  • BlackRock Fund Advisors(1.0%)
  • The Vanguard Group, Inc.(0.9%)
  • Norges Bank Investment Management(0.5%)
  • Capital Research & Management Co. (Global Investors)(0.4%)
  • State Street Global Advisors Asia Ltd.(0.4%)
  • Hang Seng Investment Management Ltd.(0.2%)
  • BlackRock Advisors (UK) Ltd.(0.1%)
  • JPMorgan Investment Management, Inc.(0.1%)
  • APG Asset Management NV(0.1%)


  • Website:
  • Address: 83 Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Phone: +852.2198.1111

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