United States banking regulators have reportedly been sent to Silvergate’s headquarters in La Jolla, California — looking for ways to save the crypto-friendly bank from a possible shutdown.
A Mar. 7 Bloomberg report citing “people familiar with the matter” said Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) officials have been discussing ways to salvage the company with management.
The FDIC is an independent government agency in the U.S. tasked with supervising financial institutions for safety, soundness and consumer protection, its website states.
US regulators have been sent to the headquarters of Silvergate Capital, as the troubled crypto-friendly bank looks for a way to stay in business https://t.co/fq2sPWS7nV
— Bloomberg Crypto (@crypto) March 7, 2023
The FDIC examiners reportedly arrived at the firm’s headquarters last week and have been reviewing the firm’s books and records, one of the sources said.
However, a decision has yet to be made on how it would deal with its financial strife, nor does FDIC involvement suggest a solution can’t be reached without the regulator’s input, suggested another source.
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Silvergate stock plummeted last week after the company announced a delay in the filing of its 10-K report — a document that would provide a comprehensive overview of the company’s business and financial condition.
At the time, it said it was “evaluating the impact” of market volatility and several high-profile bankruptcies in 2022 on “its ability to continue as a going concern” over the next 12 or so months.
Uncertainty over Silvergate’s financial situation has raised fears of an upcoming bankruptcy filing, which could prove costly for the rest of the industry. Silvergate stock plummeted over 50% on the New York Stock Exchange on Mar. 2 to $5.72, while crypto prices took a beating across the board
1/ We maintain relationships with several banking partners. We are sensitive to the concerns around Silvergate and are in the process of unwinding certain services with them and notifying customers. Otherwise, all Circle services, including USDC are operating as normal.
— Circle (@circle) March 2, 2023
Within 24 hours after its 10-K delay announcement, Coinbase, Circle, Bitstamp, Galaxy Digital and Paxos noted a scaling back of their individual partnerships with Silvergate. MicroStrategy, Binance and Tether also denied any meaningful exposure to the bank.
As of the time of writing, Silvergate stock is priced at $5.21, down 70% over the past month, according to Google Finance.