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Investment Grade Ratings

July 18, 2017

Sterling Bancorp (NYSE:STL) today announced that Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA), a full-service rating agency, has initiated coverage on the Company and its Sterling National Bank subsidiary, and has assigned the following investment grade ratings:

EntityTypeRatingOutlook
Sterling Bancorp Senior Unsecured Debt BBB+ Stable
  Subordinated Debt BBB Stable
  Short-Term Debt K2 NA
Sterling National Bank Deposit A- Stable
  Senior Unsecured Debt A- Stable
  Subordinated Debt BBB Stable
  Short-Term Deposit K2 NA
  Short-Term Debt K2 NA


Jack Kopnisky, President and CEO of Sterling Bancorp, stated, “We are pleased with the strong initial rating from Kroll Bond Rating Agency. The investment grade rating recognizes the results of our efforts to build a high-performing regional bank, and should be especially meaningful as our commercial banking teams continue their outreach to institutional and larger commercial clients.”

Commenting on the basis of the ratings, the KBRA Rating Report stated, “Sterling Bancorp’s performance has been solid in recent years, with a core ROA approximating 1.2%, driven by very low credit costs, a competitive NIM (net interest margin) and favorable operating efficiency, the latter, in part, based on the company’s commercially oriented business model. Capital metrics, including a +8% TCE (tangible common equity) ratio, are considered suitable for the assigned ratings.”

Read the full press release on our Investor Relations website.