PacWest Bank Stock Plunges to Record Low, Insolvency Feared

8. Mai 2023 Von admin Aus

• PacWest Bancorp (PACW) stock price per share dropped to an all-time low of $3.17 after a 60% decline due to concerns about the bank’s possibly sale.
• Despite the bank’s assurances and Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s assessment of banking sector health, depositor angst remains high as PACW plunges even further.
• Experts assume insolvency ahead due to panic despite the Bank’s strong fundamentals.

PacWest Stock Plunges To Record Low

PacWest Bancorp (PACW) saw its stock plunge to an all-time low of $3.17 in presale on May 5, after the bank’s readiness to „explore strategic options“ sent investors scrambling and panicked potential depositors. The PACW price per share had already dropped 80% in early March due to the Silicon Valley Bank contagion that has plagued middle-sized US lenders since.

Bank Assurances Fall On Deaf Ears

Despite PacWest representatives‘ claims that deposits increased since and their confirmation of talks with several potential investors, markets remain jittery and depositor angst remains high. On May 4, PacWest representatives told Bloomberg they were “weighing strategic options” up to considering a possible sale; this statement was enough to send potential depositors running, causing another 60% drop in PACW’s price over 24 hours.

Possible Sale Sparks Fear Of Insolvency

People associated with the matter have not started a formal auction process yet, but experts are still predicting insolvency for PacWest due to potential vulnerabilities such as its securities being vulnerable to high-interest rates and a share of its deposits being uninsured. Greg Nini from Drexel University called these “important ingredients” in the possible prognosys: “It sure sounds like collapse is possible,” he said.

San Jose Professor Optimistic For Investors

Julian Vogel from San Jose State University disagreed with the grim outlook for PacWest at least from an investor standpoint, claiming it could be a great opportunity for those looking for distressed assets at cheap prices if they can manage their risk appropriately and find value in amongst it all given market conditions remain relatively stable moving forward.


PacWest Bancorp (PACW) stock has plummeted after news that the bank is exploring strategic options including a possible sale sparked fear among potential depositors and drove down its stock prices further than previous months‘ market turmoil alone had done so far this year; experts expect insolvency ahead despite the Bank’s solid fundamentals while some remain optimistic about investor opportunities if managed well considering current market conditions remain relatively stable moving forward