First Republic Shares Plunge Amid Fears Crisis-Hit Bank Could Go Into Receivership

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Shares of crisis-hit bank First Republic plunged on Friday after reports said there was a dim outlook for a timely rescue. Trading was halted several times even as the stock nosedived as much as 40 percent amid reports that the bank could be taken into receivership by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

All-Time Low

Friday's plunge means the stock has lost more than 90 percent after reports in March brought out liquidity crisis at the bank. The stock is trading at a little over $3 on Friday, which is an all-time low.

QI Results Show Deposit Decline

The shares of the First Republic were at $16 at the beginning of the week, but they slid fast after the bank's first-quarter results showed that deposits had declined 40 percent.

First Republic Bank
First Republic Bank Wikimedia Commons

Meanwhile, FDIC, the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve are working on various options to stem the crisis at the First Republic bank, Wall Street media outlets reported.

First Republic Bank at Glance

First Republic bank was founded in 1985 by Jim Herbert in California. The bank initially catered to wealthy customers and businesses. According to Yahoo Finance, 40 percent of the bank's total deposits came from the San Francisco Bay area, while 19 percent was from from New York and 9 percent from Boston and 8 percent from Los Angeles.


The withdrawal pressure on the bank happened in the aftermath of the collapse of SVB and Signature Bank. It was reported that out of the bank's $176.4 billion in deposits, a huge chunk was above the insurance levels backed by Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

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S&P Global Market Intelligence said as of the end of last year, 67.7 percent of the bank's domestic deposits were uninsured. The uninsured investors made a beeline for withdrawals in the wake of other California bank failures.

First Republic's crisis was accentuated by the failure of two California banks -- Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank in March.

The bank said on Friday that it is exercising strategic options to battle the scenario. "We are engaged in discussions with multiple parties about our strategic options while continuing to serve our clients," the bank said in a statement.

This article was first published on April 28, 2023