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Sale of Upstate New York Retail Branches to First Niagara Completes

18 May 2012

Branches sold for a consideration of US$0.9bn

HSBC to retain commercial banking operations in the Upstate NY market

On 31 July 2011, HSBC announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary HSBC Bank USA, N.A. and other wholly-owned subsidiaries, had agreed to sell 195 retail branches, primarily in Upstate New York1, to First Niagara Bank, N.A. ("First Niagara")2.

The sale to First Niagara completed today. Consideration received, based on figures at 30 April 2012, was approximately US$0.9bn3.

At 30 April 2012, the branches held approximately US$14.5bn in deposits and over US$4bn of brokerage and insurance assets under management. As at 30 April 2012 the branches had outstanding loans to customers of US$2.2bn.

HSBC Bank USA, N.A. remains committed to serving and further developing corporate banking relationships in Upstate New York, including the provision of a full suite of international commercial banking offerings, including trade and cash management products and services.

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HSBC Bank USA, National Association, with total assets of $206.8 billion as of 31 March 2012 (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 465 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.

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1 Number includes 183 branches in New York's Upstate region, four branches in northern Westchester County, NY, two branches in Putnam County, NY, and six branches in Connecticut.

2 First Niagara has assigned its rights to acquire 57 of the 195 branches it acquired and expects those subsequent divestitures to close in the third quarter of 2012.

3 Subject to adjustment based on the 18 May 2012 final closing balances.

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