HSBC HOLDINGS PLC – HSBC Life – IFRS 17 Teach-In for Investors and Analysts

09 March 2023

Hamilton, Bermuda —9 March 2023 – In a filing with the Bermuda Stock Exchange (“BSX”), HSBC Holdings plc) (Ticker: HSBC.BH) (together with its subsidiaries, ‘the Group’) will hold an event today where it will outline the expected implications of the implementation of IFRS 17 ‘Insurance Contracts’ on its financial statements and outlook. The update will also include detail on the strategy of HSBC Life. The

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9 March 2023





HSBC Holdings plc (together with its subsidiaries, ‘the Group’) will hold an event today where it will outline the expected implications of the implementation of IFRS 17 ‘Insurance Contracts’ on its financial statements and outlook. The update will also include detail on the strategy of HSBC Life. 


Key messages and financial data will include[1]:


·         While IFRS 17 will change the timing of profit recognition, it does not change the economics of the insurance business and decreases the volatility of Group RoTE.

·         Across both the Group and Insurance business there is no expected impact on the regulatory capital/solvency position, the lifetime expected profit of insurance contracts, or dividend and cash generation.

·         When compared to the Group’s financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2022 on an IFRS 4 basis, it is estimated that if applied to the same period, IFRS 17 would have resulted in2:

o    Group reported revenue down $0.7bn (3%), of which NII down $1.1bn and non-interest income up $0.4bn;

o    Group reported costs down $0.3bn (2%);

o    Group reported profit before tax down $0.4bn (4%); and

o    Insurance manufacturing reported profit before tax down $0.3bn (c.50%)

·         At transition from 1 January 2022, the Group’s total equity is estimated to reduce by $10.5bn and tangible equity is expected to reduce by $2.4bn as a new contractual service margin (‘CSM’) liability is created. ‘IFRS 17 Equity + CSM’ of $14.7bn on transition is the Insurance equity together with the CSM, net of related tax and represents the net asset value and expected future earnings of the in-force insurance business.

·         The Group’s FY23 net interest income is expected to be c.$2.3bn lower than the equivalent guidance on an IFRS 4 basis, with minimal expected impact on other key Group financial targets and guidance.

A transition document with quarterly IFRS 17 comparatives for FY22 is expected to be provided alongside the Group’s 1Q 2023 results publication on 2 May 2023.


The event will open at 08:00 GMT / 16:00 HKT and be hosted by Greg Hingston (CEO, HSBC Global Insurance and Partnerships) and Alistair Chamberlain (CFO, HSBC Wealth and Insurance).


Copies of the presentation will be available to view and download prior to the beginning of the event at





Investor enquiries to:

UK – Richard O’Connor                                                  +44 (0) 20 7991 6590

HK – Mark Phin                                                              +852 2822 4908


Media enquiries to:

Gillian James                                                                  +44 (0) 20 7992 0516  



Note to editors:


HSBC Holdings plc

HSBC Holdings plc, the parent company of the HSBC Group, is headquartered in London. HSBC serves customers worldwide from offices in 62 countries and territories in our geographical regions: Europe, Asia, North America, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa. With assets of US$2,967bn at 31 December 2022, HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations.



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