HSBC Acquires Silicon Valley Bank UK for a Pound (Report)
• HSBC Holdings is reportedly acquiring Silicon Valley Bank UK Limited (SVB UK) for £1 ($1.20).
• SVB UK had loans of approximately $6.7 billion and deposits of around $8.1 billion as of March 10, 2023.
• The acquisition will strengthen HSBC’s commercial banking franchise and enhance its ability to serve innovative and fast-growing firms, including in the technology and life-science sectors, in the UK and internationally.
Silicon Valley Bank made the headlines last week after revealing liquidity issues and balance sheet holes that triggered panic among venture capital firms. Unable to raise the necessary capital to stay afloat, the financial regulators of California shut down SVB.
After failing to raise the necessary capital to stay afloat, HSBC announced plans to purchase SVB UK for approximately $1.20. According to recent coverage, all assets and liabilities belonging to the parent companies of SVB UK are excluded from the deal with HSBC. Noel Quinn – CEO of Britain’s biggest bank – commented: „This acquisition makes excellent strategic sense for our business in the UK.“ He added that SVB UK clients will be subject to maximum protection and can expect uninterrupted service going forward.
SVB ended last year with a profit of $106 million (before tax), while its tangible equity is expected to be nearly $1.7 billion as per March 10th 2023 reportings..
This acquisition clearly shows how large banks are taking advantage of smaller struggling banks due to current economic crises caused by COVID-19 pandemic; creating a bigger monopoly in terms of finance sector which could be potentially dangerous for small businesses or individuals relying on such services as part of their livelihoods or paycheck income sources