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Section 1: 8-K (FORM 8-K)

UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549


FORM 8-K


 
CURRENT REPORT
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
 
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported):  September 4, 2018
 



Esquire Financial Holdings, Inc.
(Exact name of the registrant as specified in its charter)



Maryland
001-38131
27-5107901
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
(Commission File Number)
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)

100 Jericho Quadrangle, Suite 100
   
Jericho, New York
 
11753
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip Code)

(516) 535-2002
(Registrant's telephone number)

N/A
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)


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Item 8.01.
Other Events.

The Company's wholly owned subsidiary, Esquire Bank, National Association (the "Bank"), has been notified by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the "OCC"), its primary federal regulator, that the previously imposed individual minimum capital requirements for the Bank have been terminated.  In 2012, the OCC had notified the Bank that it was required to maintain a Tier 1 Leverage Capital ratio of 9%, a Tier 1 Risk-Based Capital ratio of 11% and a Total Risk-Based Capital ratio of 13%.

"Our solid capital base, strong earnings and our focus on safety and soundness were key factors in the OCC's decision," stated Andrew C. Sagliocca, President and CEO.  "I want to thank our Board of Directors for their stewardship and our management team for their tireless efforts."


About Esquire Financial Holdings, Inc.
Esquire Financial Holdings, Inc. is a bank holding company headquartered in Jericho, New York, with one branch office in Garden City, New York and an administrative office in Boca Raton, Florida. Its wholly-owned subsidiary, Esquire Bank, National Association, is a full-service commercial bank dedicated to serving the financial needs of the legal industry and small businesses nationally, as well as commercial and retail customers in the New York metropolitan area. The bank offers tailored products and solutions to the legal community and their clients as well as dynamic and flexible merchant services solutions to small business owners. For more information, visit www.esquirebank.com.





 

SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, hereunto duly authorized.


 
ESQUIRE FINANCIAL HOLDINGS, INC.
   
   
   
Dated:  September 6, 2018
By:          /s/ Andrew C. Sagliocca
 
Andrew C. Sagliocca
 
President and Chief Executive Officer










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