Flagstar Bank, a bank subsidiary of New York Community Bancorp, acquired certain assets and assumed certain liabilities of Signature Bridge Bank from the FDIC. All regulatory approvals, including approval from the OCC, have been obtained and the transaction has closed. After being appointed receiver for Signature Bank, the FDIC transferred all the deposits and substantially all of the assets of Signature Bank to Signature Bridge Bank following Signature Bank’s collapse earlier this month.
The bank acquired only certain financially and strategically complementary parts of Signature that are intended to enhance its future growth. Under terms of the purchase and assumption agreement with the FDIC, the bank:
The deal includes all legacy Signature’s core bank deposit relationships, including both the New York and the West Coast private client teams, as well as the wealth management and broker-dealer business. The private client teams account for most deposits it assumed.
The company plans to use its significant liquidity position to pay down a substantial amount of its wholesale borrowings. The purchased loans consist exclusively of commercial and industrial loans (C&I). The company did not acquire any digital asset banking or crypto-related assets or deposits, nor did it acquire loans or deposits related to the fund banking business.
In connection with the transaction, the bank will take over all of Signature’s branches. This includes 30 branches in the New York City metro area and several branches on the West Coast. These branches will operate under the Flagstar Bank brand.
On the lending side, the bank added several attractive new verticals, including middle market specialty finance, healthcare lending and SBA lending, while adding to its existing verticals in mortgage warehouse lending, as well as traditional C&I lending.
“I would like to first and foremost extend a warm welcome to all of our new employees joining us from Signature,” Thomas R. Cangemi, president and CEO of New York Community Bank, said. “Over the past 20 years, Signature and New York Community have operated in the same markets and we have great respect and admiration for the employee base. Secondly, I would like to welcome our new customers and assure them that they are supported by an organization that has been a mainstay in its communities since 1859. We look forward to serving each of you and the new communities which we have entered.
“This transaction continues our transformation from a predominantly multi-family lender to a diversified full-service commercial bank. It builds upon and accelerates the transformation set in motion by the merger of New York Community and Flagstar and we believe the financial metrics are extremely attractive. The deal is expected to significantly strengthen our deposit base, lower the loan-to-deposit ratio, provide the opportunity to pay down a substantial amount of our wholesale funding, and further diversify our loan portfolio away from CRE loans and more toward commercial loans. Financially, the deal is expected to be significantly accretive to both earnings per share and to tangible book value per share. The net interest margin expands due to lower funding costs, the additional deposits reduce the loan-to-deposit ratio to less than 90%, improves our profitability ratios, adds liquidity and we maintain strong pro-forma capital ratios.”
“Both the company and the bank were well positioned prior to the recent market turmoil, with strong capital, a stable retail deposit franchise, and ample liquidity,” Cangemi said. “Moreover, our asset quality metrics remain solid, as they have over multiple business cycles. After this transaction, we will be even better positioned to deal with any residual market issues, including by now operating with a significantly lower loan-to-deposit ratio. Overall, we are happy that our conservative business model and balance sheet put us in a position to quickly consummate this important transaction.”
Jefferies and Morgan Stanley acted as financial advisors to New York Community in connection with the transaction. Sullivan & Cromwell acted as legal advisor.
Like this story? Begin each business day with news you need to know! Click here to register now for our FREE Daily E-News Broadcast and start YOUR day informed!