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HSBC Bank USA, N.A. To Transfer Retail Mortgage Processing and Servicing Operations

7 May 2012

HSBC to continue providing mortgages through its U.S. branch network

PHH Mortgage engaged to service HSBC's prime mortgage portfolio

Many HSBC mortgage employees to transfer to PHH Mortgage

New York, NY - HSBC Bank USA, N.A.(HSBC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc, has entered into a strategic relationship with industry leader PHH Mortgage Corporation ('PHH Mortgage'), a subsidiary of PHH Corporation, to manage HSBC's mortgage processing and servicing operations.

Under the terms of the agreement, PHH Mortgage will provide HSBC with mortgage originations processing services as well as sub-servicing of the bank's prime mortgage loan portfolio and serviced for others portfolio. There is no consideration payable or transfer of assets involved but HSBC will pay fees to PHH Mortgage for the services provided in accordance with the agreement. As at March 31, 2012 the unpaid principal balance of the owned prime mortgage loan portfolio and the serviced for others portfolio were US$15.5bn and US$36.6bn, respectively.

The relationship allows HSBC to leverage PHH Mortgage's mortgage platform capabilities. HSBC will continue to offer mortgages through its branch network, and its in-house loan officer sales force will maintain its focus on originating mortgages for HSBC customers, including Premier clients. Servicing of existing customers1 will not be affected and PHH Mortgage and HSBC are working closely together to ensure seamless service throughout the transition.

The agreement will see approximately 400 HSBC employees given the opportunity to transfer to PHH Mortgage. Further information on the transitional arrangements will be communicated to affected staff and other stakeholders from today.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the HSBC mortgage team for the significant contribution they have made over the years," said Irene Dorner, President and CEO, HSBC USA. "This agreement is a continuation of HSBC's strategy to reposition our U.S. business and ensures we manage our mortgage activities most efficiently. We look forward to this new relationship with PHH Mortgage and the outstanding support they will provide."

The transfer of these operations to PHH Mortgage is expected to complete in the first quarter of 2013.

Notes to editors:

HSBC Bank USA, National Association, with total assets of $206 billion as of 31 December 2011 (US GAAP), serves 3.8 million customers through its personal financial services, commercial banking, private banking, asset management, and global banking and markets segments. It operates more than 470 bank branches throughout the United States. There are over 370 in New York state as well as branches in Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, California, Delaware, Illinois, Oregon and Washington State. HSBC Bank USA, N.A. is the principal subsidiary of HSBC USA Inc., an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of HSBC North America Holdings Inc., one of the nation's largest bank holding companies by assets. HSBC Bank USA, N.A. is a member of the FDIC.

About PHH Mortgage

PHH Mortgage Corporation, a subsidiary of PHH Corporation (NYSE:PHH), provides cost-effective mortgage solutions for financial institutions, real estate brokers, and government agencies. PHH Mortgage provides full-service capabilities for originating, processing, closing and servicing mortgage loans, and is one of the top five originators of retail residential mortgages and one of the top 10 mortgage servicers in the United States*. For more information, visit www.phhmortgagesolutions.com.

HSBC Holdings plc

HSBC Holdings plc, the parent company of the HSBC Group, is headquartered in London. The Group serves customers worldwide from around 7,200 offices in over 80 countries and territories in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, North and Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. With assets of US$2,556bn at 31 December 2011, the HSBC Group is one of the world's largest banking and financial services organisations.

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1 Agreement does not include those customers who are part of the First Niagara branch sale. All mortgage loans held by branches involved in this transaction will transfer to First Niagara which has its own mortgage processing and servicing arrangements.

* Inside Mortgage Finance, Copyright 2012

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