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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
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FORM 10-Q
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QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 or 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the quarterly period ended September 30, 2020
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Commission File Number: 001-35385
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STERLING BANCORP
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
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Delaware 80-0091851
(State or Other Jurisdiction of (IRS Employer ID No.)
Incorporation or Organization) 
Two Blue Hill Plaza, 2nd Floor
 
Pearl River,New York10965
(Address of Principal Executive Office) (Zip Code)
(845) 369-8040
(Registrant’s Telephone Number including area code)
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Title of each classTrading Symbol(s)Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, par value $0.01 per shareSTLNew York Stock Exchange
Depositary Shares, each representing 1/40 interest in a share of 6.50% Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series ASTLPRANew York Stock Exchange
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding twelve months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes      No  
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files). Yes      No  
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Large accelerated filer                 Accelerated filer             
Non-accelerated filer             ☐    Smaller reporting company    
Emerging growth company     
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.    
Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).
Yes      No  
Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer’s classes of common stock, as of the latest practicable date.
Classes of Common Stock  Shares outstanding as of October 29 2020
$0.01 per share  194,360,590




STERLING BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES
FORM 10-Q TABLE OF CONTENTS
QUARTERLY PERIOD ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2020
 
PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION - UNAUDITED
Item 1.
Item 2.
Item 3.
Item 4.
PART II. OTHER INFORMATION
Item 1.
Item 1A.
Item 2.
Item 3.
Item 4.
Item 5.
Item 6.



Table of Contents
Part I - FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Item 1. Financial Statements
STERLING BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)



 September 30,December 31,
20202019
ASSETS:
Cash and due from banks$437,558 $329,151 
Securities available for sale, at estimated fair value
2,419,458 3,095,648 
Securities held to maturity (“HTM”), net of allowance for credit losses of $1,499 at September 30, 2020
1,781,892 1,979,661 
Loans held for sale36,826 8,125 
Portfolio loans 22,281,940 21,440,212 
Allowance for credit losses - loans
(325,943)(106,238)
Portfolio loans, net21,955,997 21,333,974 
Federal Home Loan Bank (“FHLB”) and Federal Reserve Bank (“FRB”) stock, at cost
167,293 251,805 
Accrued interest receivable 102,379 100,312 
Premises and equipment, net 217,481 227,070 
Goodwill 1,683,482 1,683,482 
Other intangible assets, net 97,764 110,364 
Bank owned life insurance (“BOLI”)625,236 613,848 
Other real estate owned6,919 12,189 
Other assets 1,085,437 840,868 
Total assets$30,617,722 $30,586,497 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
LIABILITIES:
Deposits$24,255,333 $22,418,658 
FHLB and other borrowings 397,000 2,245,653 
Paycheck Protection Program Lending Facility117,497  
Repurchase agreements35,223 22,678 
Senior Notes 173,504 
Subordinated Notes - Bank173,370 173,182 
Subordinated Notes - Company270,445 270,941 
Mortgage escrow funds 84,031 58,316 
Other liabilities727,038 693,452 
Total liabilities26,059,937 26,056,384 
Commitments and Contingent liabilities (See Note 15. “Commitments and Contingencies”)
STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY:
Preferred stock (par value $0.01 per share; 10,000,000 shares authorized; 135,000 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019)
136,917 137,581 
Common stock (par value $0.01 per share; 310,000,000 shares authorized at September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019; 229,872,925 shares issued at September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019; 194,458,841 and 198,455,324 shares outstanding at September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively)
2,299 2,299 
Additional paid-in capital3,761,216 3,766,716 
Treasury stock, at cost (35,414,120 shares at September 30, 2020 and 31,417,601 shares at December 31, 2019)
(660,312)(583,408)
Retained earnings1,229,799 1,166,709 
Accumulated other comprehensive income, net of tax expense of $33,563 at September 30, 2020 and $15,361 at December 31, 2019
87,866 40,216 
Total stockholders’ equity4,557,785 4,530,113 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$30,617,722 $30,586,497 
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.
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Consolidated Income Statements (Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)


Three months endedNine months ended
September 30,September 30,
2020201920202019
Interest and dividend income:
Loans and loan fees$213,009 $254,414 $668,352 $772,992 
Securities taxable18,623 21,977 58,107 74,456 
Securities non-taxable12,257 13,491 38,085 42,771 
Other earning assets769 5,327 6,867 16,847 
Total interest and dividend income244,658 295,209 771,411 907,066 
Interest expense:
Deposits18,251 48,330 92,142 142,454 
Borrowings8,583 23,558 36,374 73,946 
Total interest expense26,834 71,888 128,516 216,400 
Net interest income217,824 223,321 642,895 690,666 
Provision for credit losses - loans31,000 13,700 224,183 35,400 
Provision for credit losses - held to maturity securities(1,000) 703  
Net interest income after provision for credit losses187,824 209,621 418,009 655,266 
Non-interest income:
Deposit fees and service charges5,960 6,582 17,928 19,891 
Accounts receivable management / factoring commissions and fees5,393 6,049 15,349 17,265 
Bank owned life insurance5,363 8,066 15,331 15,900 
Loan commissions and fees7,290 6,285 26,317 15,431 
Investment management fees1,735 1,758 4,960 5,708 
Net gain (loss) on sale of securities642 6,882 9,539 (6,830)
Net gain on called securities  4,880  
Gain on termination of pension plan 12,097  12,097 
Gain on sale of residential mortgage loans   8,313 
Other1,842 4,111 7,337 10,710 
Total non-interest income28,225 51,830 101,641 98,485 
Non-interest expense:
Compensation and benefits55,960 52,850 165,504 163,313 
Stock-based compensation plans5,869 4,565 17,788 14,293 
Occupancy and office operations14,722 15,836 44,616 48,477 
Information technology8,422 8,545 23,752 26,267 
Amortization of intangible assets4,200 4,785 12,600 14,396 
FDIC insurance and regulatory assessments3,332 3,194 10,176 9,526 
Other real estate owned expense, net151 79 1,436 754 
Charge for asset write-downs, retention and severance   3,344 
Impairment related to financial centers and real estate consolidation strategy   14,398 
Loss on extinguishment of borrowings6,241  16,713  
Other20,465 16,601 66,371 53,619 
Total non-interest expense119,362 106,455 358,956 348,387 
Income before income tax expense96,687 154,996 160,694 405,364 
Income tax expense12,280 32,549 11,348 85,020 
Net income84,407 122,447 149,346 320,344 
Preferred stock dividend1,969 1,982 5,917 5,958 
Net income available to common stockholders$82,438 $120,465 $143,429 $314,386 
Weighted average common shares:
Basic193,494,929 203,090,365 194,436,137 207,685,051 
Diluted193,715,943 203,566,582 194,677,020 208,108,575 
Earnings per common share:
Basic$0.43 $0.59 $0.74 $1.51 
Diluted0.43 0.59 0.74 1.51 
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.
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Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)

Three months endedNine months ended
September 30,September 30,
2020201920202019
Net income$84,407 $122,447 $149,346 $320,344 
Other comprehensive income, before tax:
Change in unrealized holding gains on securities available for sale
(1,296)29,085 76,815 168,592 
Unrealized (loss) on transfer of securities held to maturity to available for sale
   (11,813)
Reclassification adjustment for net realized (gains) losses included in net income
(642)(6,882)(9,539)6,830 
Accretion of net unrealized loss on securities transferred to held to maturity
131 119 288 2,658 
Change in the actuarial loss of defined benefit plan and post-retirement benefit plans
779 (15,706)(1,712)(12,757)
Total other comprehensive (loss) income, before tax(1,028)6,616 65,852 153,510 
Deferred tax benefit (expense) related to other comprehensive income284 (1,828)(18,202)(42,431)
Other comprehensive (loss) income, net of tax(744)4,788 47,650 111,079 
Comprehensive income$83,663 $127,235 $196,996 $431,423 
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.
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Consolidated Statements of Changes in Stockholders’ Equity (Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)


Number of common
shares
Preferred stockCommon
stock
Additional
paid-in
capital
Treasury
stock
Retained
earnings
Accumulated
other
comprehensive
(loss) income
Total
stockholders’
equity
Balance at January 1, 2019216,227,852 $138,423 $2,299 $3,776,461 $(213,935)$791,550 $(65,945)$4,428,853 
Net income— — — — — 101,437 — 101,437 
Other comprehensive income— — — — — — 59,335 59,335 
Stock options & other stock transactions, net3,893 — — — 49 6 — 55 
Restricted stock awards, net
1,331,674 — — (24,626)12,818 12,913 — 1,105 
Cash dividends declared ($0.07 per common share)
— — — — — (15,079)— (15,079)
Cash dividends declared ($16.25 per preferred share)
—