Sterling Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBT) (the “Company”), the holding company of Sterling Bank and Trust, F.S.B., today announced the completion of the previously disclosed plan to sell nonperforming and chronically delinquent residential real estate loans, primarily consisting of Advantage Loan Program loans. The pool consisted of 84 loans with an aggregate unpaid principal balance of approximately $43.5 million. The transaction, with an institutional investor, closed on Friday, May 26, 2023, and the Company realized net proceeds of $36.1 million which was modestly better than the $35.3 million estimated fair value of these loans recorded in held for sale at March 31, 2023.
“We are extremely pleased with the competitive pricing and execution of this sale. Removing these loans also eliminates the servicing costs and financial uncertainty caused by their chronic delinquent status. This residential sale eliminates virtually all of Sterling’s nonaccrual and delinquent loans reported as of March 31, 2023 and follows the disposal in 2022 of all our nonaccrual commercial real estate loans and a significant amount of the remaining loans secured by single room occupancy hotels, along with other higher risk commercial real estate loans. Sterling’s balance sheet is now in a very healthy position from the perspective of capital levels, liquidity, and credit risk,” said Thomas M. O’Brien, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer.
About Sterling Bancorp, Inc.
Sterling Bancorp, Inc. is a unitary thrift holding company. Its wholly owned subsidiary, Sterling Bank and Trust, F.S.B., has primary branch operations in San Francisco and Los Angeles, California and New York City. Sterling offers a range of loan products as well as retail and business banking services. Sterling also has an operations center and a branch in Southfield, Michigan. For additional information, please visit the Company’s website at http://www.sterlingbank.com.
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