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This is Matt Reustle and today we are breaking down First Citizens Bank. I'm joined by investors with plenty of experience investing in banks - Bill Nygren and Alex Fitch of Oakmark. First Citizens is a bank with 125 years of history but they don't operate like the bulge bracket Wall Street Banks. They don't even host quarterly conference calls. They have a playbook and they execute it, and their recent acquisition of Silicon Valley Bank fell into that playbook. In this conversation, Bill and Alex offer a really unique macro and micro view on bank investing and what stands out about First Citizens. Please enjoy this breakdown of First Citizens Bank.
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(00:02:47) - (First question) - A primer on investing in banks
(00:09:27) - The appeal of First Citizens Bank
(00:15:18) - How they leverage acquisitions, including FDIC auctions, for a competitive edge
(00:21:42) - How their risk management and protective measures foster resilience and growth
(00:26:22) - The significant impact of prioritizing relationship-based and specialized lending
(00:28:51) - Why they adjust risk parameters during the integration with other banks
(00:30:38) - How they leverage loyal customers and low costs to achieve strong profitability
(00:33:21) - Rapid fund movement during the SVB event raises market change concerns
(00:36:58) - Overview of bank investment opportunities
(00:42:48) - The key drivers of their business model
(00:47:43) - Rebuilding relationships with former depositors to retain SVB deposits
(00:51:23) - Their emphasis on relationships and strategic acquisitions
(00:53:30) - How the regulatory framework plays a key role in de-risking the banking system
(00:57:00) - The key risks for First Citizens moving forward
(00:58:39) - Why volatile interest rate changes impacted banks
(01:00:08) - Lessons learned from studying First Citizens
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