SOURCE: Sterling Bancorp

Sterling Bancorp

October 26, 2015 16:15 ET

Sterling Bancorp Announces Results for the Three Months and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2015

Strong Quarterly Performance Highlighted by Core Diluted Earnings per Share of $0.25(1), Annualized Commercial Loan Growth of 19.1% and Core Operating Efficiency Ratio of 49.0%(1)

MONTEBELLO, NY--(Marketwired - October 26, 2015) -

Key Highlights for the Three Months Ended September 30, 2015

  • Total revenue2 was $109.4 million.
  • Core net income1 was $32.0 million and core diluted earnings per share1 were $0.25, which represented growth of 76.3% and 13.6% over the same quarter a year ago.
  • Tax equivalent net interest margin was 3.76%.
  • Total non-interest income excluding securities gains was $16.1 million, which represented 14.7% of total revenue2.
  • Core operating efficiency ratio1 was 49.0%.
  • Commercial loan growth was $290.7 million, representing an annualized growth rate of 19.1% over the linked quarter.
  • Loans to deposits ratio of 85.5%; total deposits were $8.8 billion with over 92.7% core deposits and a weighted average cost of deposits of 0.24%.
  • Core return on average tangible assets1 was 1.21%, compared to 1.06% in the third quarter of 2014.
  • Core return on average tangible equity1 was 14.33%, compared to 13.81% in the third quarter of 2014.
  • Established middle market loan syndication team and expanded health care asset-based lending platform through new hires.
  • Completed termination of legacy Provident Bank and legacy Sterling National Bank defined benefit pension plans.

Sterling Bancorp (NYSE: STL), the parent company (the "Company") of Sterling National Bank, today announced results for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2015. Net income for the quarter was $24.2 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, compared to net income of $16.3 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, for the same quarter last year and a net loss of $7.6 million, or $0.08 per share, for the linked quarter ended June 30, 2015. For the nine months ended September 30, 2015, net income was $33.3 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, compared to net income of $41.7 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2014.

Results for the third quarter of 2015 included a pre-tax charge of $13.4 million related to the termination of the Company's defined benefit pension plans. Results in the linked quarter included pre-tax merger-related expenses and other restructuring charges of $42.7 million that were incurred in connection with the Company's merger with Hudson Valley Holding Corp. (the "HVB Merger"). The Company's operating results are detailed beginning on page 2.

1. Core measures are defined in the non-GAAP tables beginning on page 11.
2. Total revenue is equal to net interest income plus non-interest income and excluding securities gains and losses. Total revenue is a non-GAAP measure. See the table on page 12 for a reconciliation of this non-GAAP measure.

President's Comments
Jack Kopnisky, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented: "We continue to successfully execute our strategy of building a high performance regional bank that delivers superior service to our small and middle market commercial clients and consumers. This was our first full quarter of operations on a combined basis after the HVB Merger. Our strong operating results demonstrate the significant progress we have made on the integration of Hudson Valley, as evidenced by our growth in revenues, higher profitability and continued improvement across all core operating metrics. As of September 30, 2015, our total assets were $11.6 billion; total portfolio loans were $7.5 billion and total deposits were $8.8 billion.

"Core net income for the quarter was $32.0 million and core diluted earnings per share were $0.25. This represents growth of 76.3% and 13.6%, respectively, over the same period a year ago. Our core return on average tangible assets was 1.21% and core return on average tangible equity was 14.33%. This compares to 1.06% and 13.81%, respectively, for the quarter ended September 30, 2014.

"Our primary focus continues to be delivering positive operating leverage with growth in revenues that significantly outpaces growth in expenses. For the quarter, our core operating efficiency ratio was 49.0%, which compares to 52.6% in the linked quarter and 54.7% in the same quarter last year. We are confident we will realize the cost savings targets we have previously announced in connection with the HVB Merger.

"We continue to deliver strong organic loan growth across multiple asset classes. As of September 30, 2015, total portfolio loans were $7.5 billion, which represented growth of $290.0 million over the linked quarter, an annualized growth rate of 15.9%. As of September 30, 2015, our total commercial loans, which include our commercial and industrial loans, commercial real estate loans and specialty lending3 businesses were $6.3 billion and represented 84.2% of our total portfolio loans. Our commercial loans grew by $290.7 million, representing an annualized growth rate of 19.1% over the linked quarter.

"Our strong core deposit base continues to provide us with an efficient platform to fund loan growth. As of September 30, 2015, our total deposits were $8.8 billion, of which 92.7% consisted of core deposits. In addition, we had a total cost of deposits of 24 basis points in the quarter. As of September 30, 2015, our loans to deposits ratio was 85.5% and we expect to maintain our target of a 90% to 95% loans to deposits ratio upon full deployment of the excess liquidity we acquired in the HVB Merger.

"Our non-interest income excluding securities gains was $16.1 million for the quarter, which represented 14.7% of total revenue. Our acquisitions of Damian Services Corporation ("Damian") and the factoring assets of First Capital Corporation ("First Capital") are on-track to deliver the results we anticipated. Our public finance sector team, which we acquired from Green Campus Partners, is also delivering strong loan origination volumes and will begin generating fee income going forward. We will continue growing our diversified commercial lending businesses, which are strong fee income generators, and we are actively evaluating opportunistic acquisitions, as previously indicated. To that end, we announced new team hires that will expand our health care asset-based lending business and create a middle market loan syndication business.

"Net charge-offs against the allowance for loan losses for the three months ended September 30, 2015 were $1.7 million. The allowance for loan losses as a percentage of total loans was 0.63% at September 30, 2015. As a result of purchase accounting, a substantial portion of the loans acquired in prior merger transactions are not subject to the allowance for loan losses as these loans were recorded at fair value. The performance of these loans remains satisfactory. The ratio of allowance for loan losses to non-performing loans was 70.4% at September 30, 2015.

"Our capital position remains strong. At September 30, 2015, our tangible equity to tangible assets ratio was 8.30% and our estimated Tier 1 leverage ratio was 9.13%. At Sterling National Bank, our estimated Tier 1 leverage ratio was 9.80%. We have ample capital to support our organic growth and execute our strategy.

"Lastly, I am pleased to announce our Board of Directors has declared a dividend on our common stock of $0.07 per share payable on November 16, 2015 to our holders as of the record date of November 5, 2015."

Reconciliation of GAAP to Core Results for the Three Months Ended September 30, 2015
Net income of $24.2 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2015 was impacted by net gain on sale of securities of $2.7 million, a pre-tax charge of $13.4 million related to the termination of the defined benefit pension plans and amortization of non-compete agreements and acquired customer list intangibles of $961 thousand. Excluding the impact of these items, core net income for the quarter was $32.0 million, or $0.25 per diluted share.

3. Specialty lending businesses includes: asset-based lending, payroll finance, factoring, warehouse lending, and equipment finance loans.

The termination of the defined benefit pension plans also resulted in the elimination of $5.4 million in accumulated other comprehensive loss related to pension expense that had not yet been recognized in earnings. Therefore, the net impact of the termination of the pension plans on the Company's tangible book value and tangible book value per share was a reduction of $3.7 million and $0.03 per share, respectively.

See the reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures beginning on page 12. Non-GAAP financial measures include references to the terms "core" or "excluding."

Net Interest Income and Margin
Third quarter 2015 compared with third quarter 2014
Net interest income was $93.4 million, an increase of $33.7 million compared to the third quarter of 2014. This was due to the HVB Merger and organic growth as average loans increased $2.8 billion or 60.1% between the periods. The tax-equivalent yield on investment securities decreased 15 basis points and the yield on loans decreased 8 basis points. The tax-equivalent yield on interest earning assets was 4.15% for the third quarter of 2015 compared to 4.24% in third quarter of 2014. Yield on loans included $5.8 million in accretion of the fair value discount associated with loans acquired in prior merger transactions. The cost of total deposits was 24 basis points and the cost of borrowings was 2.38%, which compares to 19 basis points and 1.88% in the third quarter of 2014. The increase in the cost of borrowings was mainly the result of a decrease in the amount of lower cost FHLB overnight advances as a percentage of total borrowings. Tax-equivalent net interest margin was 3.76% compared to 3.77% for the same period a year ago.

Third quarter 2015 compared with linked quarter ended June 30, 2015
Net interest income increased $29.8 million compared to the linked quarter ended June 30, 2015. This was mainly due to the HVB Merger, which closed on June 30, 2015 and resulted in an increase in average loans of $2.1 billion or 40.8% between the periods. The yield on loans increased 15 basis points and the tax-equivalent yield on investment securities decreased 8 basis points. The tax-equivalent yield on interest earning assets was 4.15% compared to 4.03% in the linked quarter. The cost of total deposits was 24 basis points and was unchanged relative to the linked quarter. The cost of borrowings was 2.38% compared to 1.63% in the linked quarter for the same reasons as discussed above. Tax-equivalent net interest margin was 3.76% compared to 3.57% in the linked quarter.

Non-interest Income
Third quarter 2015 compared with third quarter 2014
Excluding net gain on sale of securities, non-interest income increased $3.8 million to $16.1 million in the third quarter of 2015 compared to the same quarter last year. The increase was mainly due to the HVB Merger and an increase in accounts receivable and factoring commissions of $947 thousand, which was the result of organic growth and the acquisitions of Damian Services Corporation and First Capital's factoring assets. Gain on sale income in mortgage banking increased by $796 thousand and was $3.0 million. The Company realized a net gain on sale of securities of $2.7 million in the third quarter of 2015 compared to a net gain on sale of securities of $33 thousand in the same quarter last year.

Third quarter 2015 compared with linked quarter ended June 30, 2015
Excluding net gain on sale of securities, non-interest income increased $2.9 million to $16.1 million during the third quarter of 2015 mainly due to the HVB Merger. Accounts receivable and factoring commissions increased $326 thousand, mainly due to seasonal factors and the acquisition of First Capital's factoring assets, which occurred in May 2015. Mortgage banking income increased $426 thousand mainly due to the continued low interest rate environment and strong volumes in mortgage refinance activity. Other fees, which includes other loan fees, safe deposit box rental fees and miscellaneous income increased by $606 thousand. The Company realized a net gain on sale of securities of $697 thousand in the linked quarter.

Non-interest Expense
Third quarter 2015 compared with third quarter 2014
Non-interest expense increased $27.5 million relative to the third quarter of 2014 and was $71.3 million. The increase was mainly due to higher compensation and benefits expense and occupancy and office operations expense as a result of the HVB Merger. Amortization expense increased $920 thousand due to core deposit intangible amortization associated with the HVB Merger, partially offset by lower amortization expense associated with prior acquisitions. Expenses in the third quarter of 2015 included a charge associated with the termination of the defined benefit pension plans of $13.4 million.

Third quarter 2015 compared with linked quarter ended June 30, 2015
Non-interest expense declined $14.3 million compared to the linked quarter. In the quarter ended June 30, 2015, non-interest expense included merger-related expense of $14.6 million and other restructuring charges of $28.1 million that were incurred in connection with the HVB Merger. These charges were partially offset by higher compensation and benefits expense and occupancy and office operations expense, also as a result of the HVB Merger.

Income Taxes
In the third quarter of 2015, the Company recorded income taxes at a rate of 32.5%, which is unchanged relative to the linked quarter, and recorded income taxes at a rate of 28.3% for the same quarter last year.

Key Balance Sheet Highlights at September 30, 2015

  • Total assets were $11.6 billion.
  • Total portfolio loans were $7.5 billion.
  • Commercial real estate loans represented 44.0%; commercial and industrial loans (which includes traditional C&I, asset-based lending, payroll finance, factoring, warehouse lending and equipment finance) represented 40.1%; consumer and residential mortgage loans represented 13.5%; and acquisition, development and construction loans represented 2.4% of total portfolio loans.
  • Commercial loan growth, which includes commercial and industrial loans, commercial real estate loans and specialty lending businesses was $290.7 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2015, and represented annualized growth of 19.1% over the prior quarter.
  • Securities were $2.5 billion and represented 21.8% of total assets.
  • Total deposits were $8.8 billion.
  • Retail, commercial and municipal transaction, money market and savings deposits were $8.2 billion and represented 92.7% of total deposits.
  • The allowance for loan losses was $47.6 million and represented 0.63% of total portfolio loans. The balance of fair value adjustments on acquired loans was a discount of $48.5 million at September 30, 2015. As these loans were recorded at fair value at the acquisition date; a substantial portion of these loans continue to carry no allowance for loan losses.
  • Tangible book value per share was $6.94.

Credit Quality
Non-performing loans declined $1.4 million to $67.7 million, or 0.90% of total loans at September 30, 2015, compared to $69.0 million, or 0.95% of total loans in the linked quarter. The decrease was mainly due to the resolution of certain troubled loans and properties that were transfered to other real estate owned. Net charge-offs increased $39 thousand and were $1.7 million for the third quarter of 2015. The allowance for loan losses at September 30, 2015 was $47.6 million, which represented 70.4% of non-performing loans and 0.63% of our total loan portfolio, compared to $44.3 million, 64.2% and 0.61% respectively, as of June 30, 2015. The increase in the balance of the allowance for loan losses was mainly related to the higher balance of loans outstanding at September 30, 2015 as a substantial portion of loans acquired in prior merger transactions continue to carry no allowance for loan losses.

Capital
The Company's stockholders' equity was $1.7 billion at September 30, 2015, an increase of $29.1 million relative to June 30, 2015. The increase was mainly due to net income of $24.2 million, an increase in other comprehensive income of $12.4 million (which was mainly the result of an increase in the fair value of available for sale securities and the termination of the defined benefit pension plans), which were offset by dividends declared of $9.1 million. The increase in equity from exercise of stock options and stock-based compensation was $1.6 million.

Tangible book value per share increased to $6.94 at September 30, 2015 from $6.70 at June 30, 2015. Total goodwill and other intangible assets were $751.5 million at September 30, 2015, a decrease of $2.4 million compared to June 30, 2015, mainly due amortization of intangible assets. For the quarter ended September 30, 2015, basic and diluted weighted average common shares outstanding increased to 129.7 million and 130.2 million, respectively, compared to 91.6 million basic shares and 92.0 million diluted shares, for the quarter ended June 30, 2015. The increase was mainly due to shares issued on June 30, 2015 in the HVB Merger. Total shares outstanding at September 30, 2015 were 129.8 million.

Consolidated tangible equity to tangible assets was 8.30% at September 30, 2015 and the Company's estimated Tier 1 leverage ratio was 9.13%. Sterling National Bank remained well capitalized at September 30, 2015 with an estimated Tier 1 leverage ratio of 9.80%.

Sterling Bancorp will host a teleconference and webcast on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 10:30 AM eastern daylight savings time to discuss the Company's results. Interested parties are invited to listen to the webcast and view accompanying slides on the Company's website at www.sterlingbancorp.com. Analysts are invited to listen by dialing (855) 877-0343, Conference ID #49976607. A replay of the teleconference can be accessed through the Company's website.

About Sterling Bancorp
Sterling Bancorp, with its principal subsidiary Sterling National Bank, specializes in the delivery of service and solutions to business owners, their families and consumers within the communities we serve through teams of dedicated and experienced relationship managers. Sterling National Bank offers a complete line of commercial, business, and consumer banking products and services. For more information, visit the Sterling Bancorp website at www.sterlingbancorp.com.

CAUTION CONCERNING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This release may contain "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may concern Sterling Bancorp's current expectations about its future results, plans, operations and prospects and involve certain risks, including the following: delays in integrating the Sterling Bancorp and Hudson Valley Holding Corp. business or fully realizing cost savings and other benefits; inflation; the effects of, and changes in, trade; changes in asset quality and credit risk; introduction, withdrawal, success and timing of business initiatives; capital management activities; customer disintermediation; and the success of Sterling Bancorp in managing those risks. Other factors that could cause Sterling Bancorp's actual results to differ from those indicated in forward-looking statements are included in the "Risk Factors" section of Sterling Bancorp's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made and we undertake no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that occur after the date on which such statements were made.

Financial information contained in this release should be considered to be an estimate pending the filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission of the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended September 30, 2015. While the Company is not aware of any need to revise the results disclosed in this release, accounting literature may require information received by management between the date of this release and the filing of the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q to be reflected in the results of the period, even though the new information was received by management subsequent to the date of this release.

  
Sterling Bancorp and Subsidiaries 
CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION 
(unaudited, in thousands, except share and per share data) 
  
   9/30/2014   12/31/2014   9/30/2015  
Assets:                
Cash and cash equivalents  $177,619   $121,520   $318,139  
Investment securities   1,689,888    1,713,183    2,527,992  
Loans held for sale   17,846    46,599    66,506  
Portfolio loans:                
 Residential mortgage   570,431    529,766    721,606  
 Commercial real estate   1,817,576    1,842,821    3,320,693  
 Commercial and industrial   2,076,474    2,145,644    3,015,043  
 Acquisition, development and construction   92,149    96,995    177,062  
 Consumer   203,808    200,415    291,228  
  Total portfolio loans   4,760,438    4,815,641    7,525,632  
 Allowance for loan losses   (40,612 )  (42,374 )  (47,611 )
  Portfolio loans, net   4,719,826    4,773,267    7,478,021  
Federal Home Loan Bank ("FHLB") and Federal Reserve Bank Stock, at cost   66,085    75,437    89,626  
Accrued interest receivable   19,667    19,301    31,092  
Premises and equipment, net   43,286    46,156    63,508  
Goodwill   388,926    388,926    670,699  
Other intangibles   45,278    43,332    80,830  
Bank owned life insurance   119,486    150,522    195,741  
Other real estate owned   7,580    5,867    11,831  
Other assets   41,900    40,712    63,408  
  Total assets  $7,337,387   $7,424,822   $11,597,393  
Liabilities:                
Deposits  $5,298,654   $5,212,325   $8,805,411  
FHLB borrowings   795,028    1,003,209    806,970  
Other borrowings   45,639    9,846    42,286  
Senior notes   98,402    98,498    98,792  
Mortgage escrow funds   4,494    4,167    13,865  
Other liabilities   134,032    121,577    177,865  
  Total liabilities   6,376,249    6,449,622    9,945,189  
Stockholders' equity   961,138    975,200    1,652,204  
  Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $7,337,387   $7,424,822   $11,597,393  
                 
Shares of common stock outstanding at period end   83,628,267    83,927,572    129,769,569  
Book value per share  $11.49   $11.62   $12.73  
Tangible book value per share   6.30    6.47    6.94  
             
 
Sterling Bancorp and Subsidiaries
CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(unaudited, in thousands, except share and per share data)
 
   For the three months ended  For the nine months ended
   9/30/2014  6/30/2015   9/30/2015  9/30/2014  9/30/2015
Interest and dividend income:                     
 Loans and loan fees  $55,793  $59,744   $87,774  $160,294  $202,789
 Securities taxable   7,587   8,423    11,114   23,166   27,168
 Securities non-taxable   2,866   2,900    3,169   8,291   8,936
 Other earning assets   863   880    1,241   2,445   3,023
 Total interest income   67,109   71,947    103,298   194,196   241,916
Interest expense:                     
 Deposits   2,421   3,359    5,299   7,135   11,749
 Borrowings   5,055   5,014    4,645   14,949   14,372
Total interest expense   7,476   8,373    9,944   22,084   26,121
Net interest income   59,633   63,574    93,354   172,112   215,795
Provision for loan losses   5,350   3,100    5,000   16,100   10,200
Net interest income after provision for loan losses   54,283   60,474    88,354   156,012   205,595
Non-interest income:                     
 Accounts receivable / factoring commissions and other fees   3,814   4,435    4,761   10,927   12,698
 Mortgage banking income   2,160   2,530    2,956   6,470   8,643
 Deposit fees and service charges   3,850   3,639    4,450   11,651   11,628
 Net gain on sale of securities   33   697    2,726   1,287   4,958
 Bank owned life insurance   791   1,074    1,293   1,469   3,443
 Investment management fees   446   316    844   2,540   1,520
 Other   1,192   1,166    1,772   3,828   3,778
Total non-interest income   12,286   13,857    18,802   38,172   46,668
Non-interest expense:                     
 Compensation and benefits   22,110   22,667    29,238   70,755   75,070
 Stock-based compensation plans   1,006   1,128    1,064   2,712   3,300
 Occupancy and office operations   7,148   7,453    9,576   21,393   23,610
 Amortization of intangible assets   2,511   1,780    3,431   7,533   6,611
 FDIC insurance and regulatory assessments   1,619   1,384    2,281   4,981   5,093
 Other real estate owned, net (income) expense   214   40    183   (605 ) 187
 Merger-related expense   -   14,625    -   388   17,079
 Defined benefit plan termination charge   -   -    13,384   1,486   13,384
 Other   9,172   36,582    12,158   26,765   58,564
Total non-interest expense   43,780   85,659    71,315   135,408   202,898
Income (loss) before income tax expense   22,789   (11,328 )  35,841   58,776   49,365
Income tax expense (benefit)   6,452   (3,682 )  11,648   17,096   16,043
Net income (loss)  $16,337  $(7,646 ) $24,193  $41,680  $33,322
Weighted average common shares:                     
 Basic   83,610,943   91,565,972    129,733,911   83,051,192   102,655,566
 Diluted   83,883,461   91,950,776    130,192,937   83,316,086   103,069,057
Earnings per common share:                     
 Basic earnings per share  $0.20  $(0.08 ) $0.19  $0.50  $0.32
 Diluted earnings per share   0.19   (0.08 )  0.19   0.50   0.32
 Dividends declared per share   0.07   0.07    0.07   0.21   0.21
                  
 
Sterling Bancorp and Subsidiaries
SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA
(unaudited, in thousands, except share and per share data)
 
   As of and for the Quarter Ended
End of Period  9/30/2014  12/31/2014  3/31/2015  6/30/2015   9/30/2015
Total assets  $7,337,387  $7,424,822  $7,727,515  $11,566,382   $11,597,393
Securities available for sale   1,110,813   1,140,846   1,214,404   2,081,414    1,854,862
Securities held to maturity   579,075   572,337   585,633   585,196    673,130
Total portfolio loans   4,760,438   4,815,641   4,938,906   7,235,587    7,525,632
Goodwill   388,926   388,926   400,941   669,590    670,699
Other intangibles   45,278   43,332   51,757   84,309    80,830
Deposits   5,298,654   5,212,325   5,555,946   8,836,161    8,805,411
Municipal deposits (included above)   992,761   883,350   1,013,835   1,212,624    1,352,846
Borrowings   939,069   1,111,553   980,978   914,921    948,048
Stockholders' equity   961,138   975,200   1,080,543   1,623,110    1,652,204
Tangible equity   526,934   542,942   627,845   869,211    900,675
Average Balances                     
Total assets  $7,217,649  $7,340,332  $7,438,314  $8,049,220   $11,242,870
Loans, gross:                     
 Residential mortgage   548,146   566,705   531,421   539,569    780,373
 Commercial real estate   1,736,441   1,850,168   1,908,582   2,040,094    3,253,183
 Commercial and industrial   1,966,359   2,038,784   2,068,394   2,326,902    2,831,253
 Acquisition, development and construction   97,863   95,727   97,865   97,197    173,898
 Consumer   202,940   204,631   200,504   202,044    292,852
Loans, total 1   4,580,178   4,756,015   4,806,766   5,205,806    7,331,559
Securities (taxable)   1,349,126   1,355,104   1,379,861   1,527,872    1,967,600
Securities (non-taxable)   361,766   366,017   386,326   380,544    446,875
Total earning assets   6,430,467   6,629,115   6,736,422   7,309,667    10,038,831
Deposits:                     
 Non-interest bearing demand   1,636,583   1,626,341   1,503,692   1,548,844    3,234,450
 Interest bearing demand   732,699   756,217   775,714   823,471    1,418,803
 Savings (including mortgage escrow funds)   647,103   685,142   766,448   802,956    950,709
 Money market   1,566,669   1,817,091   1,851,839   1,922,805    2,548,181
 Certificates of deposit   520,899   457,996   452,594   536,394    539,765
Total deposits and mortgage escrow   5,103,953   5,342,787   5,350,287   5,634,470    8,691,908
Borrowings   1,064,137   902,299   955,677   1,234,958    772,777
Equity   956,166   973,089   1,031,809   1,100,897    1,639,458
Tangible equity   522,025   539,693   592,839   645,577    886,757
Condensed Tax Equivalent Income Statement                  
Interest and dividend income  $67,109  $68,087  $66,672  $71,947   $103,298
Tax equivalent adjustment2   1,543   1,546   1,544   1,562    1,707
Interest expense   7,476   7,850   7,805   8,373    9,944
Net interest income (tax equivalent)   61,176   61,783   60,411   65,136    95,061
Provision for loan losses   5,350   3,000   2,100   3,100    5,000
Net interest income after provision for loan losses   55,826   58,783   58,311   62,036    90,061
Non-interest income   12,286   13,957   14,010   13,857    18,802
Non-interest expense   43,780   45,814   45,921   85,659    71,315
Income (loss) before income tax expense   24,332   26,926   26,400   (9,766 )  37,548
Income tax expense (benefit) (tax equivalent)   7,995   9,922   9,622   (2,120 )  13,355
Net income (loss)  $16,337  $17,004  $16,778  $(7,646 ) $24,193
1 Includes loans held for sale, excludes allowance for loan losses.
2 Tax exempt income assumed at a statutory 35% federal tax rate.
 
  
Sterling Bancorp and Subsidiaries 
SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA 
(unaudited, in thousands, except share and per share data) 
  
   For the Quarter Ended  
Per Share Data  9/30/2014  12/31/2014  3/31/2015  6/30/15   9/30/2015  
Basic earnings per share  $0.20  $0.20  $0.19  $(0.08 ) $0.19  
Diluted earnings per share   0.19   0.20   0.19   (0.08 )  0.19  
Dividends declared per share   0.07   0.07   0.07   0.07    0.07  
Tangible book value per share   6.30   6.47   6.89   6.70    6.94  
Shares of common stock outstanding   83,628,267   83,927,572   91,121,531   129,709,834    129,769,569  
Basic weighted average common shares outstanding   83,610,943   83,831,380   87,839,029   91,565,972    129,733,911  
Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding   83,883,461   84,194,916   88,252,768   91,950,776    130,192,937  
Performance Ratios (annualized)                       
Return on average assets   0.90 % 0.92 % 0.91 % (0.38 )%  0.85 %
Return on average equity   6.78 % 6.93 % 6.59 % (2.79 )%  5.85 %
Return on average tangible equity 1   12.42 % 12.50 % 11.48 % (4.75 )%  10.82 %
Core operating efficiency 1   54.7 % 54.0 % 56.4 % 52.6 %  49.0 %
Analysis of Net Interest Income                       
Yield on loans   4.83 % 4.74 % 4.66 % 4.60 %  4.75 %
Yield on investment securities - tax equivalent2   2.78 % 2.73 % 2.79 % 2.71 %  2.63 %
Yield on earning assets - tax equivalent2   4.24 % 4.17 % 4.11 % 4.03 %  4.15 %
Cost of deposits   0.19 % 0.21 % 0.23 % 0.24 %  0.24 %
Cost of borrowings   1.88 % 2.21 % 2.00 % 1.63 %  2.38 %
Cost of interest bearing liabilities   0.65 % 0.67 % 0.66 % 0.63 %  0.63 %
Net interest rate spread - tax equivalent basis2   3.59 % 3.50 % 3.45 % 3.40 %  3.52 %
Net interest margin - tax equivalent basis2   3.77 % 3.70 % 3.64 % 3.57 %  3.76 %
Capital                       
Tier 1 leverage ratio - Company (estimated)   8.12 % 8.21 % 9.46 % 12.86 %  9.13 %
Tier 1 leverage ratio - Bank only (estimated)   9.34 % 9.38 % 10.53 % 13.81 %  9.80 %
Tier 1 risk-based capital - Bank only (estimated)  $636,327  $651,204  $739,580  $1,015,470   $1,032,930  
Total risk-based capital - Bank only (estimated)   676,939   693,973   782,859   1,060,333    1,081,086  
Tangible equity as a % of tangible assets - consolidated 1   7.63 % 7.76 % 8.63 % 8.04 %  8.30 %
Asset Quality                       
Non-performing loans (NPLs) non-accrual  $49,562  $45,859  $45,476  $68,419   $67,390  
Non-performing loans (NPLs) still accruing   1,401   783   972   611    282  
Other real estate owned   7,580   5,867   8,231   9,575    11,831  
Non-performing assets (NPAs)   58,543   52,509   54,679   78,605    79,503  
Net charge-offs   1,088   1,238   1,590   1,667    1,706  
Net charge-offs as a % of average loans (annualized)   0.09 % 0.10 % 0.13 % 0.13 %  0.09 %
NPLs as a % of total loans   1.07 % 0.97 % 0.94 % 0.95 %  0.90 %
NPAs as a % of total assets   0.80 % 0.71 % 0.71 % 0.68 %  0.69 %
Allowance for loan losses as a % of NPLs   79.7 % 90.8 % 92.3 % 64.2 %  70.4 %
Allowance for loan losses as a % of total loans   0.85 % 0.88 % 0.87 % 0.61 %  0.63 %
Special mention loans  $39,553  $31,318  $26,057  $65,421   $91,076  
Substandard / doubtful loans   73,093   74,901   74,252   125,994    120,836  
1 See reconciliation of non-GAAP measure on following page.  
2 Tax exempt income assumed at a statutory 35% federal tax rate.  
            
  
Sterling Bancorp and Subsidiaries 
QUARTERLY YIELD TABLE 
(unaudited, in thousands, except share and per share data) 
  
   For the three months ended  
   9/30/2015   6/30/2015  
   Average balance  Interest  Yield/Rate   Average
balance
 Interest  Yield/Rate  
   (Dollars in thousands)  
Interest earning assets:                         
 Commercial loans  $6,258,334  $77,150  4.89 % $4,464,193  $51,805  4.65 %
 Consumer loans   292,852   3,294  4.46 %  202,044   1,975  3.92 %
 Residential mortgage loans   780,373   7,330  3.76 %  539,569   5,964  4.43 %
Total net loans (1)   7,331,559   87,774  4.75 %  5,205,806   59,744  4.60 %
 Securities taxable   1,967,600   11,114  2.24 %  1,527,872   8,423  2.21 %
 Securities non-taxable   446,875   4,876  4.33 %  380,544   4,462  4.70 %
 Interest earning deposits   211,723   131  0.25 %  114,128   48  0.17 %
 FRB and FHLB stock   81,074   1,110  5.43 %  81,317   832  4.10 %
 Total securities and other earning assets   2,707,272   17,231  2.53 %  2,103,861   13,765  2.62 %
 Total interest earning assets   10,038,831   105,005  4.15 %  7,309,667   73,509  4.03 %
Non-interest earning assets   1,204,039           739,553         
Total assets  $11,242,870          $8,049,220         
Interest bearing liabilities:                         
 Demand deposits  $1,418,803  $923  0.26 % $823,471  $207  0.10 %
 Savings deposits (2)   950,709   564  0.24 %  802,956   482  0.24 %
 Money market deposits   2,548,181   2,961  0.46 %  1,922,805   1,931  0.40 %
 Certificates of deposit   539,765   851  0.63 %  536,394   739  0.55 %
Total interest bearing deposits   5,457,458   5,299  0.39 %  4,085,626   3,359  0.33 %
 Senior notes   98,727   1,474  5.97 %  98,629   1,473  5.99 %
 Other borrowings   674,050   3,171  1.87 %  1,136,329   3,541  1.25 %
 Total interest bearing liabilities   6,230,235   9,944  0.63 %  5,320,584   8,373  0.63 %
Non-interest bearing deposits   3,234,450           1,548,844         
Other non-interest bearing liabilities   138,727           78,895         
Total liabilities   9,603,412           6,948,323         
 Stockholders' equity   1,639,458           1,100,897         
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $11,242,870          $8,049,220         
Net interest rate spread (3)          3.52 %         3.40 %
Net interest earning assets (4)  $3,808,596                     
Net interest margin       95,061  3.76 %      65,136  3.57 %
Less tax equivalent adjustment       (1,707 )         (1,562 )   
Net interest income      $93,354          $63,574     
Ratio of interest earning assets to interest bearing liabilities   161.1 %         137.4 %       
                          
(1) Includes the effect of net deferred loan origination fees and costs, allowance for loan losses and non-accrual loans. Includes prepayment fees and late charges.                   
(2) Includes interest bearing mortgage escrow balances.                   
(3) Net interest rate spread represents the difference between the tax equivalent yield on average interest earning assets and the cost of average interest bearing liabilities.                   
(4) Net interest earning assets represents total interest earning assets less total interest bearing liabilities.                   
 
  
Sterling Bancorp and Subsidiaries 
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES 
(unaudited, in thousands, except share and per share data) 
  
   As of and for the Quarter Ended  
   9/30/2014  12/31/2014  3/31/2015  6/30/2015  9/30/2015  
The Company provides supplemental reporting of non-GAAP measures as management believes this information is useful to investors.  
  
The following table shows the reconciliation of stockholders’ equity to tangible equity and the tangible equity ratio:  
Total assets  $7,337,387  $7,424,822  $7,727,515  $11,566,382  $11,597,393  
Goodwill and other intangibles   (434,204 ) (432,258 ) (452,698 ) (753,899 ) (751,529 )
Tangible assets   6,903,183   6,992,564   7,274,817   10,812,483   10,845,864  
Stockholders' equity   961,138   975,200   1,080,543   1,623,110   1,652,204  
Goodwill and other intangibles   (434,204 ) (432,258 ) (452,698 ) (753,899 ) (751,529 )
Tangible stockholders' equity   526,934   542,942   627,845   869,211   900,675  
Common stock outstanding at period end   83,628,267   83,927,572   91,121,531   129,709,834   129,769,569  
Tangible equity as a % of tangible assets   7.63 % 7.76 % 8.63 % 8.04 % 8.30 %
Tangible book value per share  $6.30  $6.47  $6.89  $6.70  $6.94  
   
The Company believes that tangible equity is useful as a tool to help assess the Company's capital position.  
   
The following table shows the reconciliation of return on average tangible equity and core return on average tangible equity:  
Average stockholders' equity  $956,166  $973,089  $1,031,809  $1,100,897  $1,639,458  
Average goodwill and other intangibles   (434,141 ) (433,396 ) (438,970 ) (455,320 ) (752,701 )
Average tangible stockholders' equity   522,025   539,693   592,839   645,577   886,757  
Net income (loss)   16,337   17,004   16,778   (7,646 ) 24,193  
Net income (loss), if annualized   64,815   67,462   68,044   (30,668 ) 95,983  
Return on average tangible equity   12.42 % 12.50 % 11.48 % (4.75 )% 10.82 %
 Core net income (see reconciliation on page 12)  $18,166  $19,615  $18,501  $21,361  $32,035  
Annualized core net income   72,072   77,820   75,032   85,679   127,095  
Core return on average tangible equity   13.81 % 14.42 % 12.66 % 13.27 % 14.33 %
   
The Company believes that the return on average tangible stockholders' equity is useful as a tool to help assess the Company's use of tangible equity.  
                       
The following table shows the reconciliation of return on tangible assets and core return on tangible assets:  
Average assets  $7,217,649  $7,340,332  $7,438,314  $8,049,220  $11,242,870  
Average goodwill and other intangibles   (434,141 ) (433,396 ) (438,970 ) (455,320 ) (752,701 )
Average tangible assets   6,783,508   6,906,936   6,999,344   7,593,900   10,490,169  
Net income (loss)   16,337   17,004   16,778   (7,646 ) 24,193  
Annualized net income (loss)   64,815   67,462   68,044   (30,668 ) 95,983  
Return on average tangible assets   0.96 % 0.98 % 0.97 % (0.40 )% 0.91 %
Core net income (see reconciliation on page 12)  $18,166  $19,615  $18,501  $21,361  $32,035  
Annualized core net income   72,072   77,820   75,032   85,679   127,095  
Core return on average tangible assets   1.06 % 1.13 % 1.07 % 1.13 % 1.21 %
   
The Company believes that the core return on average tangible assets is a useful tool to help assess the Company's profitability.  
  
  
Sterling Bancorp and Subsidiaries 
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES 
(unaudited, in thousands, except share and per share data) 
                   
   As of and for the Quarter Ended  
   9/30/2014  12/31/2014  3/31/2015  6/30/2015   9/30/2015  
  
The following table shows the reconciliation of the core operating efficiency ratio:  
Net interest income  $59,633  $60,237  $58,867  $63,574   $93,354  
Non-interest income   12,286   13,957   14,010   13,857    18,802  
Total net revenue   71,919   74,194   72,877   77,431    112,156  
Tax equivalent adjustment on securities interest income   1,543   1,546   1,544   1,562    1,707  
Net (gain) loss on sale of securities   (33 ) 43   (1,534 ) (697 )  (2,726 )
Core total revenue   73,429   75,783   72,887   78,296    111,137  
Non-interest expense   43,780   45,814   45,921   85,659    71,315  
Merger-related expense   -   (502 ) (2,455 ) (14,625 )  -  
Charge for asset write-downs, banking systems conversion, retention and severance   (1,103 ) (2,493 ) (971 ) (28,055 )  -  
Defined benefit plan termination charge   -   -   -   -    (13,384 )
Amortization of intangible assets   (2,511 ) (1,873 ) (1,399 ) (1,780 )  (3,431 )
Core non-interest expense   40,166   40,946   41,096   41,199    54,500  
Core operating efficiency ratio   54.7 % 54.0 % 56.4 % 52.6 %  49.0 %
   
The Company believes the core operating efficiency ratio is a useful tool to help assess the Company's core operating performance.  
                        
The following table shows the reconciliation of core net income and core earnings per share:  
Income (loss) before income tax expense  $22,789  $25,380  $24,856  $(11,328 ) $35,841  
Income tax expense (benefit)   6,452   8,376   8,078   (3,682 )  11,648  
Net income (loss)   16,337   17,004   16,778   (7,646 )  24,193  
                        
Net (gain) loss on sale of securities   (33 ) 43   (1,534 ) (697 )  (2,726 )
Merger-related expense   -   502   2,455   14,625    -  
Charge for asset write-downs, banking systems conversion, retention and severance   1,103   2,493   971   28,055    -  
Defined benefit plan termination charge   -   -   -   -    13,384  
Amortization of non-compete agreements and acquired customer lists   1,497   859   660   991    961  
Total charges   2,567   3,897   2,552   42,974    11,619  
Income tax (benefit)   (738 ) (1,286 ) (829 ) (13,967 )  (3,777 )
Total non-core charges net of taxes   1,829   2,611   1,723   29,007    7,842  
Core net income  $18,166  $19,615  $18,501  $21,361   $32,035  
                        
Weighted average diluted shares   83,883,461   84,194,916   88,252,768   91,950,776    130,192,937  
Diluted EPS as reported  $0.19  $0.20  $0.19  $(0.08 ) $0.19  
Core diluted EPS (excluding total charges)   0.22   0.23   0.21   0.23    0.25  
  
The Company believes the presentation of its net income excluding total charges provides a useful tool to help assess the Company's profitability.  
  

Contact Information

  • STERLING BANCORP CONTACT:
    Luis Massiani
    SEVP & Chief Financial Officer

    845.369.8040

    Sterling Bancorp
    400 Rella Boulevard
    Montebello, NY 10901-4243

    T 845.369.8040
    F 845.369.8255

    http://www.sterlingbancorp.com