April 28 (Reuters) – The US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is preparing to place First Republic Bank (FRC.N) under receivership imminently, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday, sending shares of the lender down nearly 50% in extended trading.
The US banking regulator decided the troubled regional lender’s position has deteriorated and there is no more time to pursue a rescue through the private sector, the source told Reuters, requesting anonymity because the matter is confidential.
US officials have coordinated urgent talks to rescue the lenders in recent days as private-sector efforts led by the bank’s advisers have yet to reach a deal, according to three sources familiar with the situation.
The FDIC, Treasury Department and Federal Reserve are among government bodies that have orchestrated meetings with financial companies about putting together a solution for the troubled lenders, two of the sources said.
The FDIC asked banks including JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) and PNC Financial Services Group (PNC.N) to submit final bids for First Republic Bank by Sunday, Bloomberg News reported on Saturday.
The banking regulator reached out to banks late Thursday seeking indications of interest, including a proposed price and estimated cost to the agency’s deposit insurance fund, the report said.
The FDIC said in an email: “We would not comment on or confirm whether we are bidding an open institution,” in response to a request for comment.
PNC Financial declined to comment on the Bloomberg report. JPMorgan did not immediately respond to a voicemail and email seeking comment.
Separately, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that JPMorgan and PNC are vying to buy the First Republic following its seizure by the government, which could come as soon as this weekend.
If the San Francisco-based lender fell into receivership, it would be the third US bank to collapse since March. First Republic said this week its deposits had slumped by more than $100 billion in the first quarter.
Shares of the bank closed down 43%, worsening a stock ratio that has wiped out 75% of its value this week. The stock lost more than half of its value on Friday and touched a record low of $2.99.
At its lowest, the bank had a market capitalization of nearly $557 million, a far cry from its peak valuation of more than $40 billion in November 2021.
Shares of some other regional banks also fell, with PacWest Bancorp (PACW.O) down 2% after the bell while Western Alliance (WAL.N) was down 0.7%.
News of the imminent move to put First Republic in receivership came the same day the Federal Reserve and FDIC detailed their supervisory lapses before deposit runs caused the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank in March.
The Fed’s assessment of its inadequacies in identifying problems and pushing for fixes at Santa Clara, California-based SVB came with promises for tougher supervision and stricter rules for banks.
Large banks had orchestrated an earlier lifeline for the First Republic, injecting into the bank