HSBC’s biggest investor Ping An mulls options to cut stake, Bloomberg News reports

(Reuters) -HSBC’s largest shareholder, China’s Ping An Insurance, is mulling options to reduce its 8% stake in the Asia-focussed lender, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday citing people familiar with the matter.

The Chinese insurance giant, which emerged as a major shareholder in HSBC in 2017 through its asset management arm and has had a tumultuous relationship with the lender in the recent past, has been offloading shares in the London-headquartered banking group.

It has sold HSBC shares worth $50 million so far this month and the report adds Ping An is considering selling more as it looks to cut its $13.3 billion stake in the lender.

Ping An had been pushing the lender to implement a slew of reforms, including spinning off its Asia business. HSBC, however, has been looking to pivot towards its Asia business and has further shrunk its once globe-spanning empire with the recent sale of its Argentinian business.

HSBC and Ping An declined to comment on the report.

(Reporting by Rishav Chatterjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Krishna Chandra Eluri)



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