Hang Seng Bank
Managing wealth for you, with you.
|Traded as||SEHK: 0011,
OTC Pink: HSNGY
|Industry||Finance and Insurance|
|Founded||3 March 1933|
|Headquarters||83 Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong|
|Parent||HSBC Group (62.14%)|
Hang Seng Bank Limited (Chinese: 恒生銀行有限公司) is Hong Kong based banking and financial services company with headquarters in Central, Hong Kong. It is one of Hong Kong’s leading public companies in terms of market capitalization and primary part of HSBC Group which holds holds a majority equity interest in the bank.
Hang Seng Bank is a commercial bank whose major business activities include retail banking, wealth management, commercial banking, treasury services, and private banking. Hang Seng Bank operates a network of around 220 branches in Hong Kong. It also has a wholly owned subsidiary in mainland China, Hang Seng Bank (China) Limited which has a network of 46 branches and sub branches.
Hang Seng Bank, which in Cantonese means "ever-growing bank", was originally founded as Hang Seng Ngan Ho by S. H. Ho and three business partners in 1933. Hang Seng Bank commenced business as a simple money-changing shop at 70 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong on 3 March 1933. In 1952, Hang Seng Bank became a private company and embarked on commercial banking. Hang Seng Bank turned into a public company in 1960. In 1965, Hang Seng Bank suffered from bank run of which depleted almost one-fourth of its deposits. Because of that, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) acquired a 51% interest of Hang Seng Bank, subsequently increased to 62.14% and owned the controlling power of Hang Seng Bank.
In 1969, The Hang Seng Index was introduced as a public service. The Hang Seng Index is now generally known as the indicator of the Hong Kong stock market. Hang Seng Bank was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 1972. In 1981, Hang Seng Bank was given permission to run branches in MTR stations. Hang Seng Bank began to extend its business to mainland China in 1985. Hang Seng Bank started its mainland China service with the opening of a representative office in Shenzhen. After 10 years (1995), Hang Seng Bank finally opened its first mainland China branch in Guangzhou.
In 2002, Hang Seng Bank launched personal e-Banking in Mainland China. Hang Seng Bank opened its branch in Macau in 2003. In 2006, Hang Seng Bank received authorization to get ready for the formation of its mainland China subsidiary bank. Within the same year, Hang Seng Bank introduced a brand revitalization program and presented a new company slogan – Managing wealth for you, with you.
The year, 2007 was significant to Heng Seng Bank. The China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) authorized the formation of Hang Seng Bank (China) Limited, the mainland China subsidiary bank of Heng Seng Bank. Which was established on 28 May 2007. In November, Heng Seng Bank opened its new Hong Kong office at MegaBox (shopping mall), Kowloon Bay. Hang Seng Bank became the first bank in Hong Kong to fix the renminbi (RMB) prime rate in 2010.
In February 2012, Hang Seng Bank introduced the world's first RMB gold exchange-traded fund (ETF). The brand value of Hang Seng Bank was ranked 65th globally in the 2012 Brand Finance Banking 500, the highest ranking for Hong Kong banks.
Hang Seng Bank is a commercial bank whose major business activities include retail banking and wealth management, corporate and commercial banking, treasury services, and private banking. Hang Seng Bank operates a vast network of around 220 service outlets in Hong Kong. Hang Seng Bank is the only local bank to offer extensive branch services along Mass Transit Railway (MTR) stations in order to better serve its customers.
Hang Seng Bank established its wholly owned subsidiary Hang Seng Bank (China) Limited in 2007. Hang Seng Bank (China) runs a mainland China network of 46 outlets in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Fuzhou, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Tianjin, Kunming, Foshan, Zhongshan, Huizhou, Xiamen, Zhuhai and Jiangmen with 12 branches and 34 sub-branches. For foreign currency wholesale business, Hang Seng Bank maintains branches in Shenzhen, Macau and Singapore, and also a representative office in Taipei.
Hang Seng Bank sticks to high standards of corporate governance with a vision of protecting the interests of its shareholders, customers, employees and other stakeholders. Hang Seng Bank has followed all the code provisions, the module on “Corporate Governance of Locally Incorporated Authorized Institutions” under the Supervisory Policy Manual issued by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, and most of the suggested best practices as mentioning in the Code on Corporate Governance Practices enclosed in Appendix 14 of the Rules Governing the Listing of Securities on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited all over the year.
Hang Seng Bank contributes on a wide range of community services and donation programs. The main contribution to the society is its direct economic support. Hang Seng Bank aims at helping individuals and businesses to meet their financial needs as being a trusted banking and wealth management partner of over half of the Hong Kong's adult population. Hang Seng Bank uses its power, inspiration and knowledge to give back to the society. Over the past decade, Hang Seng Bank has spent more than HKD 217 million in donations and community supports in a number of educational, environmental, social welfare, sports development and arts programs. The involvement of Hang Seng Bank in the society does not end with financial assistance. Hang Seng Bank also focuses on constructing strategic partnerships with non-governmental organizations (NGO) to reach its long-term social development goals and motivates its employees to be volunteers to serve in the community.
Hang Seng Bank promotes greater environmental responsibility. Hang Seng Bank takes steps to reduce its resource consumption and encourages its suppliers and customers to act as the same through its policies and services. Beginning with its headquarters building in 2005, Hang Seng Bank has led the way in attaining ISO 14001 certification among local banks in Hong Kong. In 2011, Hang Seng Bank was the first local bank to achieve this globally recognized environmental accreditation for its all Hong Kong offices and branches. Apart from that, Hang Seng Bank continues to increase the environmental knowledge of its employees through talks, workshops and volunteer activities arranged with local green groups. Hang Seng Bank also encourages its employees to act as ambassadors for the environment to spread out positive green messages among their families, friends and social peers.
-With a market capitalisation of about HKD240.3 billion at the end of December 2013, Hang Seng Bank is one of Hong Kong’s largest listed companies. The corresponding figure was HKD1.7 billion on 13 June 1972 when the Bank was first listed. -The Bank reported a profit attributable to shareholders of HKD26,678 million in 2013, compared with HKD54.7 million in 1972. -Hang Seng’s cost efficiency ratio for 2013 was 32.4% – among the lowest in the banking world.
- Hang Seng Bank - Long-term Bank Deposit(local and foreign currency): Aa2
- Hang Seng China- Long-term Bank Deposit(local and foreign currency): A3
Awards and Recognition (2006 – 2013)
- 2013 Ranked the Strongest Bank Balance Sheet in Asia Pacific in 2013(The Asian Banker)
- 2013 Rated the Most Attractive Employer in the Banking and Financial Services Sector (Hong Kong) in the Randstad Award 2013 (Randstad)
- 2013 Best Domestic Bank in Hong Kong (for 14th consecutive year) (The Asset)
- 2013 The Best Corporate Governance Bank of Asia for 2012 (21st Century Business Herald)
- 2012-2013 Named Hong Kong Domestic Trade Finance Bank of the Year (Asian Banking and Finance)
- 2013 SME’s Best Partner Award (for 8th consecutive year)(Hong Kong General Chamber of Small and Medium Business)
- 2012 Named Best at Super Affluent, Net-worth-specific Services in the Private Banking Survey 2012 (Euromoney)
- 2010-2012 Best Local Private Bank in Hong Kong (Euromoney)
- 2012 Named Hong Kong Domestic Cash Management Bank of the Year (Asian Banking and Finance)
- 2012 North American Equity Fund under Hang Seng MPF - SuperTrust Plus named "Best MPF over 3 years - Equity North America" (Lipper Fund Awards Hong Kong
- 2011 North American Equity Fund under Hang Seng MPF - SuperTrust Plus named "Best MPF over 5 years - Equity North America" (Lipper Fund Awards Hong Kong
- 2011 Named Best Private Bank in Hong Kong in the Greater China Awards 2011 (Private Banker International)
- 2008, 2012 House of the Year, Hong Kong in Asia Risk Awards (Asia Risk)
- 2008-2009, 2011 Best Domestic Bank in Hong Kong (Asiamoney)
- 2010 Best Investor Relations by Sector – Banks & Financial (Greater China), Best Investor Relations by a CFO (Hong Kong) and Best Governance and closure (Hong Kong) (IR Magazine)
- 2010 Three Best-in-class Awards (Innovation of the Year - Investment Management, Best Online Capabilities Award, and Best in Training and Development Award), and Company of the Year Award at the Wealth Management Awards of the Year 2010 (Benchmark)
- 2010-2013 The Reader's Digest Trusted Brands GOLD Award in the Bank category and the Credit Card Issuing Bank category in Hong Kong (Reader's Digest)
- 2010 No. 1 for Financial Reputation in Hong Kong (Wall Street Journal Asia)
- 2010 Best Risk Management Bank in Asia (21st Century Business Herald)
- 2010 Best in Hong Kong Award (Structured Products)
- 2010 No. 1 for Most Committed to a Strong Dividend Policy (FinanceAsia)
- 2010-2011 Achievement Award for Cash Management in Hong Kong (The Asian Banker)
- 2009 Best Investor Relations website/webcasting by a Hong Kong Company(Investor Relations Magazine)
- 2009 Asia's Best Personal Financial Services Bank Award (21st Century Business Herald)
- 2008 Best Annual Report - Asia, Best Financial Statements - Asia, Best Annual Report - Hong Kong (Lafferty Group)
- 2008-2009 Best Company in Hong Kong for Financial Reputation and Corporate Reputation and Third-best Hong Kong Company Overall (Wall Street Journal Asia)
- 2008 Best Bank for Return on Equity (FinanceAsia)
- 2008 Grand Prix for Best Overall Investor Relations by a Hong Kong Company (Investor Relations Magazine)
- 2008 Best Banker Award and Best Brand Award (21st Century Business Herald)
- 2007 Fund Performance Awards (SCMP Fund Awards)
- 2007 Asia’s Best Commercial Bank (21st Century Business Herald)
- 2006-2007 Gold Award in the Banking and Investment Fund Company categories (Reader’s Digest)
- 2006 China Top 10 Growing Financial Organisation (China International Finance Forum)
- 2006, 2009 Best Retail Bank in Hong Kong (The Asian Banker)
- 2006,2008-2009 Excellence in Wealth Management Award (The Asian Banker)
- 2006 Hong Kong Company Most Committed to Enhancing Shareholder Value / Strong Dividend Payments (FinanceAsia)
- 2006 Best Investor Relations by a Hong Kong Company (Investor Relations Magazine)
- 2006 Top Three Hong Kong Company for Financial Soundness (Far Eastern Economic Review / Wall Street Journal Asia)
- 2013 'Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World' - only Hong Kong company to hold such distinction (Corporate Knights)
- 2012, 2013 First local bank in Hong Kong to attain an A+ Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) rating for Corporate Responsibility Report (achieved for 2011 and reports)
- 2013 First local bank in Hong Kong as a member of Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index (2nd consecutive year) (Dow Jones Indexes)
- 2013 Constituent stock of Hang Seng Corporate Sustainability Index (3rd consecutive year) (Hang Seng Indexes)
- 2013 Caring Company (10th consecutive year) (Hong Kong Council of Social Service)
- 2013 Constituent of FTSE4Good Global Index (12th consecutive year) (FTSE Group)
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