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First Republic Bank

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Liquidity Risks Become More Priced In, but We Don't See a Silicon Valley Bank in Our Coverage Yet

Bank stocks sold off meaningfully on March 9 as Silicon Valley Bank announced that it would have to take a number of “strategic actions,” including selling off its entire available-for-sale securities portfolio (incurring a $1.8 billion aftertax loss, or roughly 15% of the bank’s tangible common equity as of Dec. 31, 2022), announcing it is seeking to raise $2.25 billion in additional capital, and increasing its use of “term borrowings” (essentially higher-cost but more stable funding). Aside from crypto-related meltdowns, this is one of the first banks we’ve seen that has really suffered a liquidity crunch that has forced it to restructure the balance sheet and realize losses on its securities portfolios.

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