HSBC North America Holdings Inc. announced that HSBC Bank USA, N.A., (HSBC Bank USA) has reached an agreement with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) to resolve a regulatory review of past billing practices related to certain credit card add-on products that were sold primarily to customers of HSBC Bank Nevada, N.A., a former subsidiary of HSBC Finance Corporation, as well as to customers of HSBC Bank USA.
HSBC discontinued sales of credit card add-on products in 2012, and sold its card and retail services business in 2012. HSBC Bank Nevada ceased to exist in 2013.
As part of the agreement, HSBC Finance Corporation will pay a civil money penalty of $35 million to the OCC.
Refunds of product fees and related charges will be made to affected customers, both existing and former, in line with a refund plan currently being developed by HSBC. The total amount of customer refunds will be determined by the refund plan, and will be funded primarily by HSBC Finance Corporation, with the balance funded by HSBC Bank USA.
Costs associated with the civil money penalty and customer refunds are not expected to cause HSBC Finance Corporation to take any additional charges to income beyond those recorded in prior years.
Certain statements in this press release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the rules and regulations of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. Actual results and other financial conditions may differ materially from those included in these statements due to a variety of factors including those contained in HSBC Finance Corporation’s and HSBC USA Inc.'s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including without limitation the "Risk Factors" section of HSBC Finance Corporation’s 2014 Annual Report and HSBC USA Inc.'s 2014 Annual Report, each on Form 10-K. Precautionary statements included in such filings should be read in conjunction with this release.