Daily News: April 1, 2016

Sterling Acquires NewStar Business Credit, Haddad to Lead ABL Unit

Sterling Bancorp, through its principal subsidiary, Sterling National Bank, has completed the acquisition of NewStar Business Credit (NSBC), a wholly owned subsidiary of NewStar Financial, a provider of specialized direct lending and credit management capabilities for middle market companies and investors in the credit markets.

Sterling will acquire client relationships with more than $330 million in loan outstandings, doubling its existing asset-based lending loan portfolio. Sterling has been a financial services provider for over 125 years.

The acquisition is priced at 127% of tangible book value. The purchase price is $112 million with 100% of the consideration paid in cash. The purchase price included a premium of 5.9% of gross loans which is equal to $19.5 million. The transaction is expected to be accretive to earnings per share in 2016 and 2017, has an estimated internal rate of return exceeding 20% and a tangible book value earn-back period within 2.5 years. NSBC’s loan portfolio consists of 100% floating-rate assets and yields approximately 5.11%. The portfolio is well diversified across geographies throughout U.S. with a focus on light manufacturing, service, and retail industries. Sterling expects to gain substantial efficiencies through integration of NSBC’s operations.

In addition to Sterling’s acquisition of NSBC’s client relationships and loan portfolio, NSBC’s leadership team and support staff joined Sterling’s asset-based lending division. Michael Haddad, former NSBC president, will manage Sterling’s asset-based lending business. The addition of NSBC’s team and capabilities advances Sterling’s leading national secured lending capabilities.

“It gives us great confidence, after building this business, to know that Sterling will continue to provide our clients with the level of service they have come to expect, as well as the balance sheet strength and additional products that Sterling offers as a national bank. I am excited to join Sterling’s impressive team,” said Haddad.

“Delivering excellent service and financing flexibility to our clients has always been our primary goal,” said Thomas X. Geisel, president, Specialty Finance at Sterling National Bank. “This business expands the strength of our specialty finance offerings and creates further opportunities to serve asset-based borrowers nationally.”

Squire Patton Boggs (U.S.) served as legal counsel to Sterling National Bank in connection with the transaction.