Daily News: December 15, 2014

SNL: Signature to Launch Municipal Finance Business in 2015

SNL Financial reported that Signature Bank was the sole new entrant to the top 50 bank and thrift list in the third quarter, coming in 48th.

SNL said Signature Bank’s assets jumped by $1.42 billion in the third quarter, ending at $25.95 billion as of September 30. The company managed to grow its assets by almost 25%, year over year.

After vacations and a slow loan closing rate hampered progress in August, September proved pivotal for Signature Bank as activity picked up during the month and early October loan closings were pushed forward, said CEO Joseph DePaolo in an October 21 conference call. The bank reported a $1.12 billion quarter-over-quarter increase in its loans balance for September 30. Almost 71% of the increase came from the real estate loans category.

Signature launched two new business lines in the third quarter — marine finance and national finance — the former specializing in the financing of commercial vessels, including supply ships and tug boats, and the latter more focused toward financing franchises. According to a transcript for a November 13 conference call, DePaolo affirmed the company’s interest in expanding further with the establishment of a “municipal finance” business line in 2015.

SNL said the “Big Four” U.S. banks maintained their positions in the third quarter, led by JPMorgan Chase, and Bank of America with more than $2 trillion in assets apiece, followed by Citigroup and Wells Fargo at $1.883 trillion and $1.637 trillion in assets, respectively.

To read the SNL article, click here.