HSBC Completes $10B Sale of Canadian Unit to Royal Bank of Canada

HSBC Holdings (LON: HSBA) announced quietly late last week that it has completed the C$13.5 billion (US$9.96 billion) sale of its Canadian subsidiary, HSBC Bank Canada, to the Royal Bank of Canada (TSE: RY). The deal, first unveiled in December 2023, merges Canada’s largest and seventh-largest lenders.

According to HSBC’s statement, the transaction will result in an estimated $4.9 billion gain recognized in the first quarter of 2024 financial results. The acquisition allows RBC to significantly expand its domestic retail banking operations while strengthening its international capabilities.

Beginning Monday, April 1st, all HSBC Canada branches and offices will open under the RBC brand. The merger, RBC’s biggest ever, faced opposition from environmental groups, anti-monopoly advocates, and conservatives concerned about industry consolidation and potential fee increases for consumers. However, it ultimately gained regulatory approval.

RBC hailed the deal as a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” that will deliver an enhanced experience for clients and communities. Dave McKay, RBC’s CEO, said in a statement that the merger “marks one of the most exciting times of our 155-year history,” and that it is “a pivotal milestone in our long-term growth story” as they welcome 4,500 employees and 780,000 clients from HSBC Canada into the combined organization.  

To support the acquisition, RBC previously announced commitments including creating new Canadian jobs, maintaining a 1% pre-tax profit donation to communities, financing new housing construction, and building a new global banking hub with over 1,000 jobs in Vancouver over five years.

Neil McLaughlin, head of personal and commercial banking at RBC, said the deal positions RBC as the bank of choice for commercial clients with international needs, newcomers to Canada, and affluent clients requiring global banking and wealth management services.

The merger marks RBC’s largest acquisition since an attempted bid for Bank of Montreal in the early 1990s was blocked by regulators.

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