PacWest shares tumbled on Thursday after the lender said it lost almost 10 per cent of its deposits in the first week of May following reports it was reviewing strategic options in the wake of First Republic’s sale to JPMorgan Chase.
PacWest had $28bn in deposits as of May 2, but disclosed in a filing on Thursday that these fell by about 9.5 per cent during the week of May 5. The majority of withdrawals were made on May 4 and 5 following reports that the bank was working with a financial adviser to explore strategic options including a sale, which the California-based lender later confirmed.
PacWest shares, which have fallen more than 70 per cent so far in 2023, were down around 20 per cent in early trading in New York.
The outflows from PacWest, underscore the recent deposit flight at smaller US banks following the collapse of three midsized lenders in less than two months — Silicon Valley Bank, Signature Bank and First Republic.
“The news headlines increased our customers’ fears of the safety of their deposits,” PacWest said in its 10-Q regulatory filing.
In a sign that withdrawals may be stabilising at other regional banks, Arizona-based Western Alliance said on Thursday it had taken in around $600mn in new deposits between May 2 and May 9.
Western Alliance reported about $49.4bn in total deposits as of Tuesday, up from $48.8bn a week earlier when it last provided an update. The bank has added $1.8bn in deposits since the end of March and expects to add $2bn in deposits over the quarter.
Western Alliance’s shares reversed earlier losses and were up just over 1 per cent in early trade.
PacWest, though significantly smaller than SVB and First Republic, has drawn negative attention because of its similarities to SVB, including its ties to the tech community, large amounts of uninsured deposits and paper losses on its securities portfolio.
PacWest said it honoured the withdrawals through funds available on its balance sheet and said that it had immediate access to a further $15bn, which exceeded the $5.2bn it had in deposits not covered by FDIC insurance.
Beverly Hills-based PacWest reported in April that customers had pulled more than $5bn in deposits.
An aggressive tightening campaign by the Federal Reserve since last year has weakened banks which relied on cheap deposits for funding.
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