An worker will get into his automobile after arriving to work to a shuttered Silicon Valley Financial institution (SVB) headquarters on March 10, 2023 in Santa Clara, California.
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The collapse of Silicon Valley Financial institution was a “Lehman second” for the know-how business, based on a prime Goldman Sachs dealmaker.
Cliff Marriott, co-head of know-how, media and telecoms in Europe for the funding banking division of Goldman Sachs, stated that the March 10 shutdown of SVB was “fairly worrying,” because the lender’s clientele scrambled to determine how they might make payroll.
“That first weekend was a bit of bit just like the Lehman second for know-how and it was actually extra operational for these corporations,” Marriott advised CNBC’s Arjun Kharpal.
“They wanted entry to capital. Plenty of their balances had been on SVB. And, secondly, SVB was propelling and making numerous their funds for payroll to pay their staff.”
Based in 1983, SVB was thought of a dependable supply of funding for tech startups and enterprise capital companies. A subsidiary of SVB Monetary Group, the California-based industrial lender was, at one level, the sixteenth largest financial institution within the U.S. and the most important in Silicon Valley by deposits.
SVB was taken over by the U.S. authorities after its clientele of enterprise capitalists and tech startups withdrew billions from their accounts. Many VCs had suggested portfolio corporations to drag funds on the again of fears that the lender might crumble.
SVB Monetary Group’s holdings — belongings corresponding to U.S. Treasury payments and government-backed mortgage securities that had been seen as protected — had been hit by the Fed’s aggressive rate of interest hikes, and their worth dropped dramatically.
Earlier this month, the agency revealed it had offered $21 billion value of its securities at a roughly $1.8 billion loss and stated it wanted to lift $2.25 billion to fulfill purchasers’ withdrawal wants and fund new lending.
The way forward for SVB stays unsure, although deposits had been finally backstopped by the federal government and SVB’s government-appointed CEO tried to reassure purchasers that the financial institution remained open for enterprise.
Marriott stated that there’s “nonetheless an enormous query mark concerning what financial institution or agency or set of companies goes to interchange SVB by way of offering these utility-like companies for know-how, giving them financial institution accounts, permitting them to make payroll, holding their money balances.”
The SVB collapse has additionally raised questions over the potential penalties for different banks, with SVB being removed from the one lender that has come below pressure. Swiss funding banking titan Credit score Suisse was rescued by its essential rival UBS in a government-backed, cut-price deal final week.
Marriott additionally addressed tech IPOs and their outlook for 2023. Europe’s tech IPO market has been largely closed as a consequence of a confluence of market pressures, together with increased rates of interest, which make the long run cashflows of high-growth tech corporations much less enticing.
Marriott stated that he would have been extra optimistic a few restoration in tech IPO exercise two weeks in the past.
“I am nonetheless hopeful that we’ll see tech IPO exercise in 2023. And if we do not, I believe 2024 might be an enormous yr for tech IPOs,” Marriott stated.
“I believe what we’ll see is the extra established worthwhile corporations come first, so the better to grasp enterprise fashions, worthwhile corporations, earlier than we see the actually extremely valued revenue or detrimental revenue corporations that we noticed in 2021.”