First Citizens Bank to acquire what's left of Silicon Valley Bank

Regional U.S. lender First Citizens Bank has agreed to buy what's left of Silicon Valley Bank for a steep discount.

Collapse of SVB will come with $20B hit to U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation coffers

The First Citizens Bank logo is shown on a sunny day outside one of the bank's branches.
Government regulators had been trying to find a buyer for Silicon Valley Bank's assets ever since the California lender collapsed in a bank run earlier this month. (Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg)

Regional U.S. lender First Citizens Bank has agreed to buy what's left of Silicon Valley Bank for a steep discount.

The North Carolina-based bank said over the weekend that it has struck a deal with federal authorities to take over "substantially all loans and certain other assets ... all customer deposits and certain other liabilities," of the California-based lender, which collapsed into insolvency earlier this month.

The U.S. government-run Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) took over SVB to ensure customer deposits were safe, a stunning development that sent shock waves through the banking sector across the globe.

Since then, a handful of other banks from niche U.S. lenders like Signature Bank to major global giants like Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank have been bought, bailed out or otherwise plagued by uncertainty.

While the FDIC decided to backstop depositors, the government agency had no intention of actually running the bank and has been seeking a buyer for the bank's operations, which include about $110 billion in assets, $56 billion worth of customer deposits and about $72 billion worth of business loans.

It found that buyer in First Citizens over the weekend. Starting on Monday, the 17 remaining SVB branches will begin operating as "Silicon Valley Bank, a division of First Citizens Bank."

"We appreciate the confidence the FDIC has placed in us," First Citizens CEO Frank Holding said. "We look forward to building relationships with our new customers and positioning our company for continued success as we affirm our commitment to support the integrity of our nation's banking system."

Exact financial terms were not disclosed, but the purchase price for First Citizens includes a discount of about $16.5 billion from the face value of the loan portfolio. The FDIC will also have a chance to recoup some of its losses, as it will be getting about $500 million worth of equity in First Citizens.

The FDIC also says the move to backstop SVB deposits will result in about a $20 billion hit to its coffers, but the exact number can't be tallied until the receivership is fully terminated, the FDIC said in a release.

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