SVB Financial – SIVB

SVB Financial – SIVB

SVB Financial – SIVB Jonathan Poland

SVB Financial Group is a financial services company headquartered in Santa Clara, California. It is the parent company of Silicon Valley Bank, which provides banking and financial services to technology and life science companies, as well as venture capital and private equity firms.

SVB Financial Group was founded in 1983 and went public in 1987. It has since grown to become one of the largest banks in the United States, with over 30 offices in the US, as well as international offices in Canada, China, Israel, and the United Kingdom. Silicon Valley Bank, a subsidiary of SVB Financial Group, offers a wide range of financial services to its clients, including commercial banking, investment banking, private banking, and asset management. It is known for its focus on serving the technology and life science industries, and has provided financing to many well-known companies in these sectors, including Apple, Google, and Amazon.

as of March 10, 2023 (9am)

The old Beastie Boy song comes to mind… “it takes a second to wreck it… it takes time to build.” which is what has happened at the regional bank. Today, it was reported the company failed to raise enough capital and is looking for a purchaser of the entire Silicon Valley Bank. Without it, the company is essentially dead. This is the cycle of capital and it will be interesting to see what happens with regulators as well as the market. Supposedly, the bank was instrumental in fueling the growth and value as VC-backed companies rely on SVB for loans and holding their operating cash. Looking at the balance sheet, most of the company’s “assets” are made up of mortgage backed securities (43%) which is more than the banks net loans (34%). Contrast that against big banks like BofA and Citi which hold most of their assets in investment securities, likely of a more conservative origin and less than 5% of their assets in MBS respectively.

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