With the much anticipated return of a dividend (albeit only 15 cents per share for the interim period) failing to ignite the HSBC (LSE:HSBA) share price, the bank still trades for below book value. As of late February, HSBC shares trade for a price-to-book ratio of around 0.63. Here is one potential event I think that could send shares higher.
The importance of interest rates to HSBC
Due to the pandemic, central banks around the world have lowered interest rates to ultra-low levels. This has acted as a headwind for the bank. According to CEO Noel Quinn, HSBC “lost around $5.3 billion of net interest income” due to the lower rates. That has translated into an over 2 percentage point decrease in the bank’s return on tangible equity (RoTE).
The low rate environment is one of the reasons why management has focused more on the bank’s non-interest income … Read more