As Silicon Valley Bank fails, Indian lender with similar initials assures clients it’s safe
SVC Co-operative Bank issued a statement clarifying it was unrelated to the California-based bank that was declared insolvent on Friday.
A day after US-based Silicon Valley Bank failed, India’s SVC Co-operative Bank released a statement on Saturday saying its financials were in good shape after confusion because of the similarity in their initials.
“We request our members, customers and other stakeholders not to pay attention to baseless rumours and mischief-mongering by unscrupulous elements insinuating similarities in brand names,” the bank said in a statement.
SVC Co-operative bank, formerly known as Shamrao Vithal Co-operative Bank said its business had “robust and strong fundamentals” and it was completely unrelated to the Silicon Valley Bank. The bank warned it would take legal action against those who spread rumours to tarnish its brand image.
On Friday, the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation decided to shut down the Silicon Valley Bank – the largest lender to fail since the global economic crisis of 2008.
The California state banking regulator took control of the bank two days after it announced a loss of nearly $1.8 billion (over Rs 14,500 crore) from a sale of investments on March 8. The announcement created panic among customers of the bank, triggering a withdrawal of $42 billion (over Rs 3.4 lakh crore) in deposits, the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation said in an order.
“The precipitous deposit withdrawal has caused the bank to be incapable of paying its obligations as they come due, and the bank is now insolvent,” the order noted.
However, the developments in California had an unlikely domino effect in India as social media users expressed concerns over the health of the SVC Co-operative Bank.
After the Maharashtra-based bank issued its clarification on Saturday, financial experts also weighed in, saying that such rumours could indeed trigger panic in the markets.