Apr 24, 2023 - Economy

First Republic's deposits plunged over 40%

Data: FactSet, Company filings; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: FactSet, Company filings; Chart: Axios Visuals

The riptide of client money out of First Republic was even stronger than analysts expected.

Driving the news: The San Francisco-based lender, which was battered by the collapse in confidence that followed Silicon Valley Bank's failure, reported that its deposits plunged by nearly $72 billion during the quarter that ended in March.

  • The company disclosed the drop — which amounted to more than 40% of its deposits — in its quarterly earnings report shortly after the close of trading Monday.
  • That 40% decline comes despite attempts at an industry-led rescue, in which major banks stashed $30 billion in deposits at First Republic in an effort to shore up confidence.

What they're saying: "The situation is worse than even bears had thought, in our view," wrote David Smith, an analyst with Autonomous Research, shortly after the release of the report.

  • In its statement, the bank indicated that the outflow of deposits had relented since late March.

Between the lines: The market didn't like the news, and the stock dropped about 20% in after-hours trading.

  • It's down over 90% in the last 12 months — making it the single worst-performing company in the S&P 500 over that period.
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