HSBC plans to raise its dividends in the first three quarters this year, but its three top executives are not waiting to reap the full benefit of this move. Chief executive Stuart Gulliver, chairman Douglas Flint and finance director Iain Mackay sold shares worth a total of £4 million (HK$46.6 million) on Monday.
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation was founded in Hong Kong on March 3, 1865, and in Shanghai one month later. In 1980, HSBC acquired 51 per cent of Marine Midland Bank, buying the rest in 1987. HSBC Holdings was established in Britain in 1991 as the parent of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation ahead of its purchase of the UK-based Midland Bank and the impending 1997 transfer of sovereignty of Hong Kong from Britain to China.