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Sterling Bancorp Reports Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results

July 30, 2018

SOUTHFIELD, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul 30, 2018--Sterling Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBT) (the “Company”), the holding company of Sterling Bank and Trust, F.S.B. (the “Bank”), today reported unaudited financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2018.

For the three months ended June 30, 2018, net income totaled $16.0 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, based on 53.0 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding. This compares to first quarter 2018 net income of $15.7 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, based on 53.0 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding. For the second quarter of 2017, net income totaled $8.9 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, based on 45.3 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding.

“We executed well in the second quarter, generating a 50% year-over-year increase in earnings per share, a return on average assets of 2.08%, and a return on tangible equity of 21.3%,” said Gary Judd, Chairman and CEO of Sterling Bancorp. “Our strong performance was driven by continued balance sheet growth, disciplined expense control and excellent credit quality. We continue to see strong demand for our suite of niche loan products, which resulted in $434 million of loan production in the second quarter, an increase of 6% compared to the prior quarter. Our pipeline remains strong in our principal markets in Northern California, Southern California and New York City, and we believe the expansion of our presence in the greater Seattle market during the second half of the year will provide another catalyst for driving future growth in loans, deposits and earnings.”

(1) In the second quarter of 2018, the Company changed the classification of commitment fees earned on construction loans and other lines of credit to interest income which were previously reported within non-interest income. As a result, prior periods herein have been adjusted from the amounts previously reported to correct the classification error. The amount of the adjustment was a decrease to non-interest income of $502, $862 and $544 and an increase to interest income and net interest margin for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017, and the three months ended March 31, 2018, respectively. There was no change to the reported net income or income per share, basic and diluted, as previously reported as a result of this immaterial correction.

Operating Results for the Second Quarter 2018

Revenue

Revenue, net of interest expense, was $36.2 million for the second quarter of 2018, an increase of 5.6% from the first quarter of 2018. The increase in revenue was driven by a $1.2 million increase in net interest income and a $0.8 million increase in non-interest income.

Relative to the second quarter of 2017, revenue, net of interest expense, increased 44.3% from $25.1 million. The increase in revenue from the second quarter of 2017 was attributable to a $6.3 million increase in net interest income and a $4.8 million increase in non-interest income.

Net Interest Income

Net interest income for the second quarter of 2018 was $29.9 million, an increase of 3.9% from $28.7 million for the first quarter of 2018. The increase in net interest income from the first quarter was primarily attributable to a $114 million increase in average interest earning assets.

Relative to the second quarter of 2017, net interest income increased 26.9% from $23.5 million. The increase in net interest income from the second quarter of 2017 was primarily driven by a $791 million increase in average interest earning assets, partially offset by the effect of a 28 basis point decrease in the net interest margin.

Net Interest Margin

Net interest margin for the second quarter of 2018 was 3.96%, unchanged from the net interest margin of 3.96% for the first quarter of 2018. Net interest margin was positively impacted by a 10 basis point increase in the average yield on interest earning assets, offset by an 11 basis point increase in the average cost of interest-bearing liabilities.

Relative to the second quarter of 2017, the net interest margin decreased from 4.24%, primarily due to a 36 basis point increase in the average cost of interest-bearing liabilities, partially offset by a 1 basis point increase in the average yield on interest earning assets.

Non-interest Income

Non-interest income for the second quarter of 2018 was $6.3 million, an increase of 14.6% from $5.5 million for the first quarter of 2018. The increase was primarily the result of a $1.1 million increase in the gain on sale of loans due to an increase in the amount of residential mortgages sold in the secondary market compared to the prior period.

Non-interest income increased $4.8 million from $1.5 million in the second quarter of 2017, primarily as a result of a $4.7 million increase in the gain on sale of loans due to an increase in the amount of residential mortgages sold in the secondary market compared to the prior period.

Non-interest Expense

Non-interest expense for the second quarter of 2018 was $12.6 million, an increase of 9.7% from $11.5 million for the first quarter of 2018. The increase was primarily attributable to higher salaries and employee benefits, professional fees and a full quarter impact of recently opened branches.

Relative to the second quarter of 2017, non-interest expense increased from $9.4 million. The increase was primarily due to an increase in personnel expenses and occupancy and equipment costs required to support the growth in the Company’s operations, as well as higher professional fees.

The Company’s operating efficiency ratio remained strong at 34.9% in the second quarter of 2018, compared with 33.6% in the first quarter of 2018 and 37.5% in the second quarter of 2017.

Income Taxes

The effective tax rate for both the three months ended June 30, 2018 and March 31, 2018 was 29%, compared with 41% for the three months ended June 30, 2017. The decrease in the effective tax rate in the second quarter of 2018 as compared to second quarter of 2017 was attributable to the reduction in the federal corporate tax rate that was effective January 1, 2018.

The Company continues to expect that its effective tax rate for 2018 will be in the range of 28% to 30%. The actual annual effective tax rate will vary depending upon the mix of its taxable income by state.

Loan Portfolio

Total loans, which includes those held for investment and held for sale, were $2.86 billion at June 30, 2018, compared with $2.80 billion at March 31, 2018. Contributing to the increase were a $55 million increase in residential real estate loans and a $4 million increase in commercial real estate and construction loans.

During the second quarter of 2018, the Company originated $434 million in loans, which included $367 million in residential mortgage loans, $20 million in commercial real estate loans, $39 million in construction loans and $8 million in commercial and industrial loans.

Deposits

Total deposits were $2.34 billion at June 30, 2018, compared with $2.29 billion at March 31, 2018. The increase was primarily attributable to a $66 million increase in retail deposits, partially offset by a $17 million decrease in brokered deposits.

Credit Quality

Nonperforming assets totaled $3.6 million, or 0.12% of total assets, at June 30, 2018, compared with $8.1 million, or 0.27% of total assets, at March 31, 2018. The decrease was primarily due to a large residential real estate loan being upgraded to performing status. The loan was fully repaid in July of 2018 with no loss to the Bank.

Recoveries for the second quarter of 2018 were $52,000 and charge-offs were $4,000 during the quarter, resulting in net recoveries to average loans of 0.00%.

The Company recorded a provision for loan losses of $1.1 million for the second quarter of 2018, which was primarily attributable to the growth in total loans held for investment during the quarter.

The allowance for loan losses was 0.72% of total loans and 3,167% of nonperforming loans at June 30, 2018, compared with 0.74% and 374%, respectively, at March 31, 2018.

Capital

At June 30, 2018, the Bank exceeded all regulatory capital requirements under Basel III and was considered to be a ‘‘well-capitalized’’ financial institution, as summarized in the following tables:

Conference Call and Webcast

Management will host a conference call today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss the Company’s financial results. The conference call number for U.S. participants is (877) 270-2148 and the conference call number for participants outside the U.S. is (412) 902-6510. Additionally, interested parties can listen to a live webcast of the call in the “Investor Relations” section of the Company’s website at . An archived version of the webcast will be available in the same location shortly after the live call has ended.

A replay of the conference call may be accessed through August 13, 2018 by dialing (877) 344-7529, using conference ID number 10121959.

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, and a loan production office in Seattle, Washington. Sterling offers a broad range of loan products to the residential and commercial markets, as well as retail and business banking services. Sterling also has an operations center and a branch in Southfield, Michigan. In March 2018, Sterling was named as the top performing community bank in the United States with total assets between $1 billion and $10 billion in 2017 by SNL/S&P Global Market Intelligence. For additional information, please visit the Company’s website at .

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Some of the financial measures included in this press release are not measures of financial performance recognized in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”). These non-GAAP financial measures include “Average Tangible Common Equity,” and “Return on Average Tangible Common Equity,” each of which are common metrics in the banking industry. Our management uses these non-GAAP financial measures to assess the Company’s capital strength and business performance. These non-GAAP financial measures are supplemental and are not a substitute for any analysis based on GAAP financial measures. Not all companies use the same calculation of these measures; therefore this presentation may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures as presented by other companies. For further information see “Return on Average Tangible Common Equity Reconciliations (non-GAAP)” in the Financial Data section that follows.

Forward-Looking Statements

Readers should note that in addition to the historical information contained herein, this press release includes “forward-looking statements,” within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including but not limited to statements about the Company’s expected loan production, operating expenses and future earnings levels. These statements are subject to many risks and uncertainties, including changes in interest rates and other general economic, business and political conditions, including changes in the financial markets; changes in business plans as circumstances warrant; and other risks detailed from time to time in filings made by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Readers should note that the forward-looking statements included in this press release are not a guarantee of future events, and that actual events may differ materially from those made in or suggested by the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “will,” “propose,” “may,” “plan,” “seek,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “believe” or “continue,” or similar terminology. Any forward-looking statements presented herein are made only as of the date of this press release, and we do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect changes in assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events, or otherwise.

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