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

FORM 10-Q

 

(Mark One)

x QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 or 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2011

or

 

o TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the transition period from ___________________________________ to __________________________________

 

Commission File Number: 1-5273-1

 

Sterling Bancorp

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


 

 

New York

12-2565216


(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)

(I.R.S. Employer Identification)

 

650 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y.

10019-6108


(Address of principal executive offices)

(Zip Code)

 

212-757-3300

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

N/A

(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report)

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 12 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.

x Yes o No

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T(17 CFR § 232.405) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).

o Yes o No

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer or a smaller reporting company as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):

 

 

 

 

 

Large Accelerated Filer o

Accelerated Filer x

 

 

Non-Accelerated Filer o

Smaller Reporting Company o

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).

o Yes x No

As of April 30, 2011 there were 30,927,328 shares of common stock,
$1.00 par value, outstanding.



STERLING BANCORP

 

 

 

 

 

PART I FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

Page

 

 

 

 


 

Item 1.

Financial Statements

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited)

 

3

 

 

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item 2.

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overview

 

39

 

 

Income Statement Analysis

 

40

 

 

Balance Sheet Analysis

 

42

 

 

Capital

 

49

 

 

Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements

 

50

 

 

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

 

50

 

 

Average Balance Sheets

 

51

 

 

Rate/Volume Analysis

 

52

 

 

Regulatory Capital and Ratios

 

53

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item 3.

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asset/Liability Management

 

54

 

 

Information Available on Our Website

 

56

 

 

Interest Rate Sensitivity

 

57

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item 4.

Controls and Procedures

 

58

 

 

 

 

 

PART II OTHER INFORMATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item 2.

Unregistered Sale of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

 

59

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item 6.

Exhibits

 

59

 

 

 

 

 

SIGNATURES

 

60

 

 

 

 

 

EXHIBITS INDEX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 11

Statement Re: Computation of Per Share Earnings

 

62

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 31.1

Certification of the CEO pursuant to Exchange Act Rule 13a-14(a)

 

63

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 31.2

Certification of the CFO pursuant to Exchange Act Rule 13a-14(a)

 

64

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 32.1

Certification of the CEO required by Section 1350 of Chapter 63 of Title 18 of the U.S. Code

 

65

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 32.2

Certification of the CFO required by Section 1350 of Chapter 63 of Title 18 of the U.S. Code

 

66

2



 

STERLING BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited)

(dollars in thousands)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31,
2011

 

December 31,
2010

 

 

 


 


 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and due from banks

 

$

35,981

 

$

26,824

 

Interest-bearing deposits with other banks

 

 

7,932

 

 

40,503

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Securities available for sale (at estimated fair value; pledged: $75,188 in 2011 and $95,311 in 2010)

 

 

414,164

 

 

390,080

 

Securities held to maturity (pledged: $295,549 in 2011 and $212,606 in 2010) (estimated fair value: $462,298 in 2011 and $400,453 in 2010)

 

 

458,281

 

 

399,235

 

 

 



 



 

Total investment securities

 

 

872,445

 

 

789,315

 

 

 



 



 

Loans held for sale

 

 

24,102

 

 

32,049

 

 

 



 



 

Loans held in portfolio, net of unearned discounts

 

 

1,288,649

 

 

1,314,234

 

Less allowance for loan losses

 

 

18,040

 

 

18,238

 

 

 



 



 

Loans, net

 

 

1,270,609

 

 

1,295,996

 

 

 



 



 

Federal Reserve and Federal Home Loan Bank stock, at cost

 

 

8,674

 

 

9,365

 

Customers’ liability under acceptances

 

 

228

 

 

 

Goodwill

 

 

22,901

 

 

22,901

 

Premises and equipment, net

 

 

18,000

 

 

15,909

 

Other real estate

 

 

132

 

 

182

 

Accrued interest receivable

 

 

9,296

 

 

8,280

 

Cash surrender value of life insurance policies

 

 

51,998

 

 

51,512

 

Other assets

 

 

70,247

 

 

67,621

 

 

 



 



 

 

 

$

2,392,545

 

$

2,360,457

 

 

 



 



 

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deposits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noninterest-bearing demand deposits

 

$

561,524

 

$

570,290

 

Savings, NOW and money market deposits

 

 

549,392

 

 

562,207

 

Time deposits

 

 

617,169

 

 

615,267

 

 

 



 



 

Total deposits

 

 

1,728,085

 

 

1,747,764

 

 

 



 



 

Securities sold under agreements to repurchase - customers

 

 

21,107

 

 

23,016

 

Securities sold under agreements to repurchase - dealers

 

 

5,000

 

 

5,000

 

Federal funds purchased

 

 

60,000

 

 

15,000

 

Commercial paper

 

 

15,391

 

 

14,388

 

Short-term borrowings - other

 

 

4,525

 

 

3,490

 

Advances - FHLB

 

 

128,815

 

 

144,173

 

Long-term borrowings - subordinated debentures

 

 

25,774

 

 

25,774

 

 

 



 



 

Total borrowings

 

 

260,612

 

 

230,841

 

 

 



 



 

Acceptances outstanding

 

 

228

 

 

 

Accrued interest payable

 

 

1,145

 

 

1,314

 

Due to factored clients

 

 

70,117

 

 

91,543

 

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

 

 

72,068

 

 

66,253

 

 

 



 



 

Total liabilities

 

 

2,132,255

 

 

2,137,715

 

 

 



 



 

Shareholders’ equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preferred stock, Series A, $5 par value; $1,000 liquidation value. Authorized 644,389 shares; issued 42,000 shares, respectively

 

 

40,721

 

 

40,602

 

Common stock, $1 par value. Authorized 50,000,000 shares; issued 35,225,110 and 31,138,545 shares, respectively

 

 

35,225

 

 

31,139

 

Warrants to purchase common stock

 

 

2,615

 

 

2,615

 

Capital surplus

 

 

268,878

 

 

236,437

 

Retained earnings

 

 

11,915

 

 

11,392

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

 

(12,508

)

 

(12,887

)

Common shares in treasury at cost, 4,297,782 and 4,297,782 shares, respectively

 

 

(86,556

)

 

(86,556

)

 

 



 



 

Total shareholders’ equity

 

 

260,290

 

 

222,742

 

 

 



 



 

 

 

$

2,392,545

 

$

2,360,457

 

 

 



 



 

See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

3



 

STERLING BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Income

(Unaudited)

(dollars in thousands, except per share data)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended
March 31,

 

 

 


 

 

 

2011

 

2010

 

 

 


 


 

INTEREST INCOME

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loans

 

$

16,876

 

$

16,511

 

Investment securities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Available for sale

 

 

2,423

 

 

2,953

 

Held to maturity

 

 

3,397

 

 

4,412

 

FRB and FHLB stock

 

 

23

 

 

121

 

Deposits with other banks

 

 

35

 

 

19

 

 

 



 



 

Total interest income

 

 

22,754

 

 

24,016

 

 

 



 



 

INTEREST EXPENSE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deposits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Savings, NOW and money market

 

 

700

 

 

965

 

Time

 

 

1,360

 

 

1,675

 

Short-term borrowings

 

 

78

 

 

87

 

Advances - FHLB

 

 

664

 

 

871

 

Long-term borrowings - subordinated debentures

 

 

523

 

 

523

 

 

 



 



 

Total interest expense

 

 

3,325

 

 

4,121

 

 

 



 



 

Net interest income

 

 

19,429

 

 

19,895

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Provision for loan losses

 

 

3,000

 

 

6,000

 

 

 



 



 

Net interest income after provision for loan losses

 

 

16,429

 

 

13,895

 

 

 



 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NONINTEREST INCOME

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts receivable management/factoring commissions and other fees

 

 

5,368

 

 

5,127

 

Mortgage banking income

 

 

2,175

 

 

1,677

 

Service charges on deposit accounts

 

 

1,371

 

 

1,473

 

Securities gains

 

 

729

 

 

1,502

 

Other income

 

 

1,799

 

 

1,323

 

 

 



 



 

Total noninterest income

 

 

11,442

 

 

11,102

 

 

 



 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NONINTEREST EXPENSE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salaries and employee benefits

 

 

14,260

 

 

13,162

 

Occupancy and equipment expenses, net

 

 

3,273

 

 

2,540

 

Deposit insurance

 

 

933

 

 

754

 

Professional fees

 

 

818

 

 

1,353

 

Other expenses

 

 

3,169

 

 

3,527

 

 

 



 



 

Total noninterest expenses

 

 

22,453

 

 

21,336

 

 

 



 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income before income taxes

 

 

5,418

 

 

3,661

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Provision for income taxes

 

 

1,475

 

 

1,098

 

 

 



 



 

Net income

 

 

3,943

 

 

2,563

 

Dividends on preferred shares and accretion

 

 

644

 

 

636

 

 

 



 



 

Net income available to common shareholders

 

$

3,299

 

$

1,927

 

 

 



 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average number of common shares outstanding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

27,351,584

 

 

19,208,189

 

Diluted

 

 

27,351,584

 

 

19,212,768

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income available to common shareholders, per average common share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

0.12

 

$

0.10

 

Diluted

 

 

0.12

 

 

0.10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends per common share

 

 

0.09

 

 

0.09

 

See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

4



 

STERLING BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income

(Unaudited)

(dollars in thousands)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended
March 31,

 

 

 


 

 

 

2011

 

2010

 

 

 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

3,943

 

$

2,563

 

 

 



 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income, net of tax:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unrealized gains on securities available for sale and other investments arising during the year

 

 

379

 

 

1,214

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reclassification adjustment for gains included in net income

 

 

(398

)

 

(820

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reclassification adjustment for amortization of:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prior service cost

 

 

9

 

 

9

 

Net actuarial losses

 

 

389

 

 

413

 

 

 



 



 

Other comprehensive income

 

 

379

 

 

816

 

 

 



 



 

Comprehensive income

 

$

4,322

 

$

3,379

 

 

 



 



 

See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

5



 

STERLING BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity

(Unaudited)

(dollars in thousands)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended
March 31,

 

 

 


 

 

 

2011

 

2010

 

 

 


 


 

Preferred Stock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at January 1,

 

$

40,602

 

$

40,113

 

Discount accretion

 

 

119

 

 

111

 

 

 



 



 

Balance at March 31,

 

$

40,721

 

$

40,224

 

 

 



 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Stock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at January 1,

 

$

31,139

 

$

22,227

 

Common shares issued

 

 

4,025

 

 

8,625

 

Restricted shares issued

 

 

61

 

 

84

 

Common shares issued under stock incentive plan

 

 

 

 

203

 

 

 



 



 

Balance at March 31,

 

$

35,225

 

$

31,139

 

 

 



 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warrants to Purchase Common Stock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at January 1, and March 31,

 

$

2,615

 

$

2,615

 

 

 



 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capital Surplus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at January 1,

 

$

236,437

 

$

178,734

 

Common shares issued

 

 

32,429

 

 

56,240

 

Restricted shares issued

 

 

(61

)

 

(84

)

Common shares issued under stock incentive plan and related tax benefits

 

 

 

 

1,274

 

Stock option compensation and restricted stock expense

 

 

73

 

 

36

 

 

 



 



 

Balance at March 31,

 

$

268,878

 

$

236,200

 

 

 



 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retained Earnings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at January 1,

 

$

11,392

 

$

15,828

 

Net income

 

 

3,943

 

 

2,563

 

Cash dividends paid - preferred shares

 

 

(525

)

 

(525

)

Cash dividends paid - common shares

 

 

(2,776

)

 

(1,630

)

Discount accretion on series A preferred stock

 

 

(119

)

 

(111

)

 

 



 



 

Balance at March 31,

 

$

11,915

 

$

16,125

 

 

 



 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at January 1,

 

$

(12,887

)

$

(12,399

)

Other comprehensive income, net of tax

 

 

379

 

 

816

 

 

 



 



 

Balance at March 31,

 

$

(12,508

)

$

(11,583

)

 

 



 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Treasury Stock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at January 1,

 

$

(86,556

)

$

(85,168

)

Surrender of shares issued under stock incentive plan

 

 

 

 

(1,388

)

 

 



 



 

Balance at March 31,

 

$

(86,556

)

$

(86,556

)

 

 



 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Shareholders’ Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at January 1,

 

$

222,742

 

$

161,950

 

Net changes during the period

 

 

37,548

 

 

66,214

 

 

 



 



 

Balance at March 31,

 

$

260,290

 

$

228,164

 

 

 



 



 

See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

6



 

STERLING BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Unaudited)

(dollars in thousands)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended
March 31,

 

 

 


 

 

 

2011

 

2010

 

 

 


 


 

Operating Activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Income

 

$

3,943

 

$

2,563

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Provision for loan losses

 

 

3,000

 

 

6,000

 

Depreciation and amortization of premises and equipment

 

 

698

 

 

551

 

Securities gains

 

 

(729

)

 

(1,502

)

Income (Loss) from life insurance policies, net

 

 

22

 

 

(54

)

Deferred income tax provision (benefit)

 

 

446

 

 

(512

)

Proceeds from sale of loans

 

 

106,720

 

 

104,778

 

Gains on sales of loans, net

 

 

(2,184

)

 

(1,685

)

Originations of loans held for sale

 

 

(96,928

)

 

(90,089

)

Amortization of premiums on securities

 

 

2,065

 

 

657

 

Accretion of discounts on securities

 

 

(123

)

 

(198

)

(Increase) decrease in accrued interest receivable

 

 

(1,016

)

 

1,425

 

(Decrease) increase in accrued interest payable

 

 

(169

)

 

265

 

(Decrease) increase in due to factored clients

 

 

(21,426

)

 

6,070

 

(Decrease) increase in accrued expenses and other liabilities

 

 

(3,950

)

 

2,349

 

Increase in other assets

 

 

(2,806

)

 

(1,728

)

Gain on other real estate owned

 

 

 

 

(14

)

 

 



 



 

Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities

 

 

(12,437

)

 

28,876

 

 

 



 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investing Activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase of premises and equipment

 

 

(2,789

)

 

(2,449

)

Net decrease (increase) in interest-bearing deposits with other banks

 

 

32,571

 

 

(9,699

)

Net decrease in loans held in portfolio

 

 

15,707

 

 

5,513

 

Net decrease (increase) in short-term factored receivables

 

 

7,018

 

 

(11,127

)

Decrease in other real estate

 

 

50

 

 

604

 

Proceeds from prepayments, redemptions or maturities of securities - held to maturity

 

 

15,298

 

 

14,414

 

Purchases of securities - held to maturity

 

 

(79,383

)

 

(14,508

)

Proceeds from calls of securities - held to maturity

 

 

5,000

 

 

54,380

 

Proceeds from calls/sales of securities - available for sale

 

 

88,587

 

 

123,285

 

Proceeds from prepayments, redemptions or maturities of securities - available for sale

 

 

59,532

 

 

28,286

 

Purchases of securities - available for sale

 

 

(163,934

)

 

(208,128

)

Proceeds from redemptions or maturities of securities - FHLB & FRB stock

 

 

691

 

 

450

 

 

 



 



 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

 

(21,652

)

 

(18,979

)

 

 



 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financing Activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net decrease in noninterest-bearing demand deposits

 

 

(8,766

)

 

(36,884

)

Net decrease in savings, NOW and money market deposits

 

 

(12,815

)

 

(29,327

)

Net increase in time deposits

 

 

1,902

 

 

99,586

 

Net increase(decrease) in Federal funds purchased

 

 

45,000

 

 

(41,000

)

Net (decrease) increase in securities sold under agreements to repurchase

 

 

(1,909

)

 

12

 

Net increase(decrease) in commercial paper and other short-term borrowings

 

 

2,038

 

 

(50,669

)

Decrease in long-term borrowings

 

 

(15,358

)

 

(10,000

)

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

 

 

 

 

79

 

Proceeds from issuance of common stock

 

 

36,455

 

 

64,865

 

Cash dividends paid on preferred stock

 

 

(525

)

 

(525

)

Cash dividends paid on common stock

 

 

(2,776

)

 

(1,630

)

 

 



 



 

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

 

 

43,246

 

 

(5,493

)

 

 



 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase in cash and due from banks

 

 

9,157

 

 

4,404

 

Cash and due from banks - beginning of period

 

 

26,824

 

 

24,911

 

 

 



 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and due from banks - end of period

 

$

35,981

 

$

29,315

 

 

 



 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supplemental disclosures:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest paid

 

$

3,494

 

$

3,856

 

Income taxes paid

 

 

877

 

 

904

 

Loans held for sale transferred to portfolio

 

 

338

 

 

 

Loans transferred to other real estate

 

 

 

 

79

 

Due to brokers on purchases of securities - AFS

 

 

10,493

 

 

20,830

 

Due to brokers on purchases of securities - HTM

 

 

 

 

1,074

 

See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

7



 

STERLING BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

Note 1. Significant Accounting Policies

Nature of Operations. Sterling Bancorp (the “parent company”) is a financial holding company, pursuant to an election made under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999. Throughout the notes, the term the “Company” refers to Sterling Bancorp and its subsidiaries and the term the “bank” refers to Sterling National Bank and its subsidiaries. The Company provides a full range of financial products and services, including business and consumer loans, commercial and residential mortgage lending and brokerage, mortgage warehouse lending, asset-based financing, factoring/accounts receivable management services, trade financing, equipment financing and deposit services. The Company has operations principally in New York and conducts business throughout the United States.

The Company’s financial statements are prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“U.S. GAAP”) which principally consist of the Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Codification (“FASB Codification”). FASB Codification Topic 105: Generally Accepted Accounting Principles establishes the FASB codification as the source of authoritative accounting principles recognized by the FASB to be applied by nongovernmental entities in the preparation of financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles. Rules and interpretive releases of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) under authority of federal securities laws are also sources of authoritative guidance for SEC registrants. All guidance contained in the FASB Codification carries an equal level of authority. All non-grandfathered, non-SEC accounting literature not included in the FASB Codification is superseded and deemed non-authoritative.

Basis of Presentation. The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Sterling Bancorp and its subsidiaries, principally the bank, after elimination of intercompany transactions. The consolidated financial statements as of and for the interim periods ended March 31, 2011 and 2010 are unaudited; however, in the opinion of management, all adjustments, consisting of normal recurring accruals, necessary for a fair presentation of such periods have been made. Certain reclassifications have been made to the prior year’s consolidated financial statements to conform to the current presentation. Throughout the notes, dollar amounts presented in tables are in thousands, except per share data. The interim consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010 (the “2010 Form 10-K”).

Use of Estimates. The preparation of financial statements in accordance with U.S. GAAP requires management to make assumptions and estimates which impact the amounts reported in those statements and are, by their nature, subject to change in the future as additional information becomes available or as circumstances vary. Actual results could differ from management’s current estimates as a result of changing conditions and future events. The current economic environment has increased the degree of uncertainty inherent in these significant estimates. Several accounting estimates are particularly critical and are susceptible to significant near-term change, including the allowance for loan losses and asset impairment judgments, such as other-than-temporary declines in the value of securities and the accounting for income taxes. The judgments used by management in applying these critical accounting policies may be affected by a further and prolonged deterioration in the economic environment, which may result in changes to future financial results. For example, subsequent evaluations of the loan portfolio, in light of the factors then prevailing, may result in significant changes in the allowance for loan losses in future periods, and the inability to collect outstanding principal may result in increased loan losses. The Company evaluates subsequent events through the date that the financial statements are issued.

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STERLING BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

Note 2. Investment Securities

The following tables present information regarding securities available for sale:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31, 2011

 

Amortized
Cost

 

Gross
Unrealized
Gains

 

Gross
Unrealized
Losses

 

Fair
Value

 


 


 


 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obligations of U.S. government corporations and government sponsored enterprises

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Residential mortgage-backed securities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CMOs (Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation)

 

$

55,910

 

$

103

 

$

559

 

$

55,454

 

CMOs (Government National Mortgage Association)

 

 

6,837

 

 

5

 

 

12

 

 

6,830

 

Federal National Mortgage Association

 

 

11,186

 

 

10

 

 

51

 

 

11,145

 

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation

 

 

42

 

 

2

 

 

1

 

 

43

 

Government National Mortgage Association

 

 

107

 

 

 

 

 

 

107

 

 

 



 



 



 



 

Total residential mortgage-backed securities

 

 

74,082

 

 

120

 

 

623

 

 

73,579

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agency notes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Federal National Mortgage Association

 

 

20,088

 

 

12

 

 

34

 

 

20,066

 

Federal Home Loan Bank

 

 

10,000

 

 

 

 

129

 

 

9,871

 

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation

 

 

19,981

 

 

 

 

267

 

 

19,714

 

Federal Farm Credit Bank

 

 

10,000

 

 

11

 

 

 

 

10,011

 

 

 



 



 



 



 

Total obligations of U.S. government corporations and government sponsored enterprises

 

 

134,151

 

 

143

 

 

1,053

 

 

133,241

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obligations of state and political institutions-New York Bank Qualified

 

 

28,461

 

 

348

 

 

137

 

 

28,672

 

Single-issuer, trust preferred securities

 

 

8,633

 

 

98

 

 

65

 

 

8,666

 

Corporate debt securities

 

 

239,026

 

 

184

 

 

551

 

 

238,659

 

Other securities

 

 

5,039

 

 

1

 

 

114

 

 

4,926

 

 

 



 



 



 



 

Total

 

$

415,310

 

$

774

 

$

1,920

 

$

414,164

 

 

 



 



 



 



 

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STERLING BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 31, 2010

 

Amortized
Cost

 

Gross
Unrealized
Gains

 

Gross
Unrealized
Losses

 

Fair
Value

 


 


 


 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obligations of U.S. government corporations and government sponsored enterprises

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Residential mortgage-backed securities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CMOs (Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation)

 

$

36,026

 

$

64

 

$

372

 

$

35,718

 

CMOs (Government National Mortgage Association)

 

 

7,218

 

 

72

 

 

 

 

7,290

 

Federal National Mortgage Association

 

 

8,750

 

 

84

 

 

13

 

 

8,821

 

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation

 

 

44

 

 

2

 

 

1

 

 

45

 

Government National Mortgage Association

 

 

110

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

109

 

 

 



 



 



 



 

Total residential mortgage-backed securities

 

 

52,148

 

 

222

 

 

387

 

 

51,983

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agency notes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Federal National Mortgage Association

 

 

30,087

 

 

77

 

 

 

 

30,164

 

Federal Home Loan Bank

 

 

10,000

 

 

 

 

59

 

 

9,941

 

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation

 

 

49,964

 

 

132

 

 

110

 

 

49,986

 

Federal Farm Credit Bank

 

 

10,000

 

 

31

 

 

 

 

10,031

 

 

 



 



 



 



 

Total obligations of U.S. government corporations and government sponsored enterprises

 

 

152,199

 

 

462

 

 

556

 

 

152,105

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obligations of state and political institutions-New York Bank Qualified

 

 

39,967

 

 

780

 

 

703

 

 

40,044

 

Single-issuer, trust preferred securities

 

 

3,879

 

 

79

 

 

25

 

 

3,933

 

Corporate debt securities

 

 

189,091

 

 

278

 

 

311

 

 

189,058

 

Other securities

 

 

5,039

 

 

1

 

 

100

 

 

4,940

 

 

 



 



 



 



 

Total

 

$

390,175

 

$

1,600

 

$

1,695

 

$

390,080

 

 

 



 



 



 



 

10



 

STERLING BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

The following tables present information regarding securities held to maturity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31, 2011

 

Carrying
Value

 

Gross
Unrealized
Gains

 

Gross
Unrealized
Losses

 

Fair
Value

 


 


 


 


 


 

 

Obligations of U.S. government corporations and government sponsored enterprises

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Residential mortgage-backed securities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CMOs (Federal National Mortgage Association)

 

$

6,182

 

$

265

 

$

 

$

6,447

 

CMOs (Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation)

 

 

9,838

 

 

423

 

 

 

 

10,261

 

Federal National Mortgage Association

 

 

63,976

 

 

4,060

 

 

 

 

68,036

 

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation

 

 

34,756

 

 

1,851

 

 

 

 

36,607

 

Government National Mortgage Association

 

 

4,726

 

 

569

 

 

 

 

5,295

 

 

 



 



 



 



 

Total residential mortgage-backed securities

 

 

119,478

 

 

7,168

 

 

 

 

126,646

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agency notes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Federal National Mortgage Association

 

 

109,948

 

 

62

 

 

1,634

 

 

108,376

 

Federal Home Loan Bank

 

 

49,979

 

 

4

 

 

229

 

 

49,754

 

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation

 

 

57,483

 

 

13

 

 

652

 

 

56,844

 

 

 



 



 



 



 

Total obligations of U.S. government corporations and government sponsored enterprises

 

 

336,888

 

 

7,247

 

 

2,515

 

 

341,620

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obligations of state and political institutions-New York Bank Qualified

 

 

121,393

 

 

738

 

 

1,453

 

 

120,678

 

 

 



 



 



 



 

Total

 

$

458,281

 

$

7,985

 

$

3,968

 

$

462,298

 

 

 



 



 



 



 

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STERLING BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 31, 2010

 

Carrying
Value

 

Gross
Unrealized
Gains

 

Gross
Unrealized
Losses

 

Fair
Value

 


 


 


 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obligations of U.S. government corporations and government sponsored enterprises

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Residential mortgage-backed securities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CMOs (Federal National Mortgage Association)

 

$

7,504

 

$

349

 

$

 

$

7,853

 

CMOs (Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation)

 

 

11,704

 

 

572

 

 

 

 

12,276

 

Federal National Mortgage Association

 

 

70,001

 

 

4,292

 

 

 

 

74,293

 

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation

 

 

40,583

 

 

1,931

 

 

 

 

42,514

 

Government National Mortgage Association

 

 

4,943

 

 

605

 

 

 

 

5,548

 

 

 



 



 



 



 

Total residential mortgage-backed securities

 

 

134,735

 

 

7,749

 

 

 

 

142,484

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agency notes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Federal National Mortgage Association

 

 

84,969

 

 

5

 

 

1,405

 

 

83,569

 

Federal Home Loan Bank

 

 

14,991

 

 

 

 

222

 

 

14,769

 

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation

 

 

42,493

 

 

4

 

 

608

 

 

41,889

 

Federal Farm Credit Bank

 

 

5,078

 

 

 

 

42

 

 

5,036

 

 

 



 



 



 



 

Total obligations of U.S. government corporations and government sponsored enterprises

 

 

282,266

 

 

7,758

 

 

2,277

 

 

287,747

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obligations of state and political institutions-New York Bank Qualified

 

 

116,969

 

 

118

 

 

4,381

 

 

112,706

 

 

 



 



 



 



 

Total

 

$

399,235

 

$

7,876

 

$

6,658

 

$

400,453

 

 

 



 



 



 



 

12



 

STERLING BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

The following tables present information regarding securities available for sale with temporary unrealized losses for the periods indicated:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less Than 12 Months

 

12 Months or Longer

 

Total

 

 

 


 


 


 

March 31, 2011

 

Fair
Value

 

Unrealized
Losses

 

Fair
Value

 

Unrealized
Losses

 

Fair
Value

 

Unrealized
Losses

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

Obligations of U.S. government corporations and government sponsored enterprises

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Residential mortgage-backed securities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CMOs (Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation)

 

$

40,039

 

$

559

 

$

 

$

 

$

40,039

 

$

559

 

CMOs (Government National Mortgage Association)

 

 

2,587

 

 

12

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,587

 

 

12

 

Federal National Mortgage Association

 

 

11,045

 

 

51

 

 

 

 

 

 

11,045

 

 

51

 

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation

 

 

26

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

26

 

 

1

 

 

 



 



 



 



 



 



 

Total residential mortgage-backed securities

 

 

53,697

 

 

623

 

 

 

 

 

 

53,697

 

 

623

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agency notes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Federal National Mortgage Association

 

 

15,056

 

 

34

 

 

 

 

 

 

15,056

 

 

34

 

Federal Home Loan Bank

 

 

9,871

 

 

129

 

 

 

 

 

 

9,871

 

 

129

 

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation

 

 

19,714

 

 

267

 

 

 

 

 

 

19,714

 

 

267

 

 

 



 



 



 



 



 



 

Total obligations of U.S. government corporations and government sponsored enterprises

 

 

98,338

 

 

1,053

 

 

 

 

 

 

98,338

 

 

1,053

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obligations of state and political institutions-New York Bank Qualified

 

 

8,002

 

 

137

 

 

 

 

 

 

8,002

 

 

137

 

Single-issuer, trust preferred securities

 

 

2,979

 

 

53

 

 

2,124

 

 

12

 

 

5,103

 

 

65

 

Corporate debt securities

 

 

166,168

 

 

551

 

 

 

 

 

 

166,168

 

 

551

 

Other securities

 

 

4,886

 

 

114

 

 

 

 

 

 

4,886

 

 

114

 

 

 



 



 



 



 



 



 

Total

 

$

280,373

 

$

1,908

 

$

2,124

 

$

12

 

$

282,497

 

$

1,920

 

 

 



 



 



 



 



 



 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 31, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obligations of U.S. government corporations and government sponsored enterprises

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Residential mortgage-backed securities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CMOs (Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation)

 

$

30,494

 

$

372

 

$

 

$

 

$

30,494

 

$

372

 

Federal National Mortgage Association

 

 

7,269

 

 

13

 

 

 

 

 

 

7,269

 

 

13

 

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation

 

 

28

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

28

 

 

1

 

Government National Mortgage Association

 

 

110

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

110

 

 

1

 

 

 



 



 



 



 



 



 

Total residential mortgage-backed securities

 

 

37,901

 

 

387

 

 

 

 

 

 

37,901

 

 

387

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agency notes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Federal Home Loan Bank

 

 

9,941

 

 

59

 

 

 

 

 

 

9,941

 

 

59

 

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation

 

 

9,875

 

 

110

 

 

 

 

 

 

9,875

 

 

110

 

 

 



 



 



 



 



 



 

Total obligations of U.S. government corporations and government sponsored enterprises

 

 

57,717

 

 

556

 

 

 

 

 

 

57,717

 

 

556

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obligations of state and political institutions-New York Bank Qualified

 

 

18,716

 

 

703

 

 

 

 

 

 

18,716

 

 

703

 

Single-issuer, trust preferred securities

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,111

 

 

25

 

 

2,111

 

 

25

 

Corporate debt securities

 

 

92,392

 

 

311

 

 

 

 

 

 

92,392

 

 

311

 

Other securities

 

 

4,900

 

 

100

 

 

 

 

 

 

4,900

 

 

100

 

 

 



 



 



 



 



 



 

Total

 

$

173,725

 

$

1,670

 

$

2,111

 

$

25

 

$

175,836

 

$

1,695

 

 

 



 



 



 



 



 



 

13



 

STERLING BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

The following tables present information regarding securities held to maturity with temporary unrealized losses for the periods indicated:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less Than 12 Months

 

12 Months or Longer

 

Total

 

 

 


 


 


 

March 31, 2011

 

Fair
Value

 

Unrealized
Losses

 

Fair
Value

 

Unrealized
Losses

 

Fair
Value

 

Unrealized
Losses

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obligations of U.S. government corporations and government sponsored enterprises -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agency notes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Federal National Mortgage Association

 

$

78,337

 

$

1,634

 

$

 

$

 

$

78,337

 

$

1,634

 

Federal Home Loan Bank

 

 

39,757

 

 

229

 

 

 

 

 

 

39,757

 

 

229

 

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation

 

 

51,836

 

 

652

 

 

 

 

 

 

51,836

 

 

652

 

 

 


















 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total obligations of U.S. government corporations and government sponsored enterprises

 

 

169,930

 

 

2,515

 

 

 

 

 

 

169,930

 

 

2,515

 

Obligations of state and political institutions-New York Bank Qualified

 

 

64,624

 

 

1,227

 

 

2,825

 

 

226

 

 

67,449

 

 

1,453

 

 

 



 



 



 



 



 



 

Total

 

$

234,554

 

$

3,742

 

$

2,825

 

$

226

 

$

237,379

 

$

3,968

 

 

 



 



 



 



 



 



 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 31, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obligations of U.S. government corporations and government sponsored enterprises -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agency notes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Federal National Mortgage Association

 

$

78,564

 

$

1,405

 

$

 

$

 

$

78,564

 

$

1,405

 

Federal Home Loan Bank

 

 

14,769

 

 

222

 

 

 

 

 

 

14,769

 

 

222

 

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation

 

 

36,890

 

 

608

 

 

 

 

 

 

36,890

 

 

608

 

Federal Farm Credit Bank

 

 

5,036

 

 

42

 

 

 

 

 

 

5,036

 

 

42

 

 

 


















 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total obligations of U.S. government corporations and government sponsored enterprises

 

 

135,259

 

 

2,277

 

 

 

 

 

 

135,259

 

 

2,277

 

Obligations of state and political institutions-New York Bank Qualified

 

 

94,309

 

 

4,103

 

 

2,277

 

 

278

 

 

96,586

 

 

4,381

 

 

 



 



 



 



 



 



 

Total

 

$

229,568

 

$

6,380

 

$

2,277

 

$

278

 

$

231,845

 

$

6,658

 

 

 



 



 



 



 



 



 

14


STERLING BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)

The following table presents information regarding single-issuer, trust preferred securities at March 31, 2011:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issuer

 

TARP
Recipient

 

Credit
Rating

 

Amortized
Cost

 

Fair
Value

 

Unrealized
Gain/(Loss)

 


 


 


 


 


 


 

Sterling Bancorp Trust I, 8.375%, due 3/31/2032

 

 

Yes

 

 

NA

 

$

981

 

$

1,031

 

$

50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NPB Capital Trust II, 7.85%, due 9/30/2032

 

 

Yes

*

 

NA

 

 

126

 

 

125

 

 

(1

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VNB Capital Trust I, 7.75%, due 12/15/2031

 

 

Yes

*

 

BBB-

 

 

22

 

 

22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HSBC Finance, 6.875%,
due 1/30/2033,

 

 

No

 

 

A

 

 

740

 

 

772

 

 

32

 

owned by HSBC Group, PLC

 

 

No

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Citigroup Capital VII, 7.125%,
due 7/31/2031

 

 

Yes

*

 

BB+

 

 

1,508

 

 

1,499

 

 

(9

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fleet Capital Trust VIII, 7.20%,
due 3/15/2032,

 

 

No

 

 

BB+

 

 

502

 

 

500

 

 

(2

)

owned by Bank of America Corporation

 

 

Yes

*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BAC Capital Trust II, 7.00%,
due 2/01/2032,

 

 

Yes

*

 

BB+

 

 

300

 

 

301

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JP MorganChase Capital XI, 5.875%,
due 6/15/2033,

 

 

Yes

*

 

BBB+

 

 

525

 

 

520

 

 

(5

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Citigroup Capital VIII, 6.95%,
due 9/15/2031

 

 

Yes

*

 

BB+

 

 

245

 

 

247

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goldman Sachs Capital I, 6.345%,
due 2/15/2034,

 

 

Yes

*

 

BBB-

 

 

995

 

 

961

 

 

(34

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morgan Stanley Capital Trust III, 6.25%,
due 3/01/2033,

 

 

Yes

*

 

BB+

 

 

939

 

 

950

 

 

11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keycorp Capital V, 5.875%,
due 7/30/2033,

 

 

Yes

*

 

BB

 

 

238

 

 

240

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BB&T Capital Trust I, 5.85%,
due 8/18/2035,

 

 

Yes

*

 

BBB

 

 

960

 

 

952

 

 

(8

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JP MorganChase XVII, 5.85%,
due 8/01/2035,

 

 

Yes

*

 

BBB+

 

 

460

 

 

458

 

 

(2

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keycorp Capital II, 6.875%,
due 3/17/2029,

 

 

Yes

*

 

BB

 

 

92

 

 

88

 

 

(4

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 



 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$

8,633

 

$

8,666

 

$

33

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 



 



 

* TARP obligation was repaid prior to March 31, 2011.

15


STERLING BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)

The Company invests principally in obligations of U.S. government corporations and government sponsored enterprises and other investment-grade securities. The fair value of these investments fluctuates based on several factors, including credit quality and general interest rate changes. The Company determined that it is not more likely than not that the Company would be required to sell before anticipated recovery.

At March 31, 2011, approximately $118.5 million, representing approximately 13.6%, of the Company’s held to maturity and available for sale securities are comprised of securities issued by financial service companies/banks including single-issuer trust preferred securities (11 issuers), corporate debt (18 issuers) and equity securities (8 issuers). These investments may pose a higher risk of future impairment charges as result of a possible further deterioration of the U.S. economy. The Company would be required to recognize impairment charges on these securities if they suffer a decline in value that is considered other-than-temporary. Numerous factors, including lack of liquidity for re-sales of certain investment securities, absence of reliable pricing information for investment securities, adverse changes in business climate, adverse actions by regulators or unanticipated changes in the competitive environment could have a negative effect on the Company’s investment portfolio and may result in other than temporary impairment on certain investment securities in future periods.

At March 31, 2011, the Company held 3 securities positions of single-issuer, trust preferred securities issued by financial institutions, in the available for sale portfolio, that were in an unrealized loss position for more than 12 months all of which are paying in accordance with their terms and have no deferrals of interest or other deferrals. In addition, management analyzes the performance of the issuers on a periodic basis, including a review of the issuers most recent bank regulatory report and other public regulatory disclosures, to assess credit risk and the probability of impairment of the contractual cash flows of the applicable securities. Based upon management’s first quarter review, all of the issuers have maintained performance levels adequate to support the contractual cash flows of the securities.

At March 31, 2011, the Company held 11 issues of obligations of state and political institutions, in the held to maturity portfolio, that were in an unrealized loss position for more than 12 months. All of these securities were rated A at issuance and carry private insurance which guarantees principal and interest payments. Management has concluded that the unrealized losses are due to changes in market interest rates and/or changes in securities markets which resulted from temporary illiquidity and/or uncertainty in those markets. Further, management has made an evaluation that it has the intent to hold these securities until maturity and it is not more likely than not that the Company would be required to sell before anticipated recovery. As a result, the unrealized losses are deemed to be temporary.

16


STERLING BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)

The following tables present information regarding securities available for sale and securities held to maturity at March 31, 2011, based on contractual maturity. Expected maturities will differ from contractual maturities because issuers may have the right to call or prepay obligations with or without call or prepayment penalties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Available for sale

 

Amortized
Cost

 

Fair
Value

 


 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obligations of U.S. government corporations and government sponsored enterprises

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Residential mortgage-backed securities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CMOs (Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation)

 

$

55,910

 

$

55,454

 

CMOs (Government National Mortgage Association)

 

 

6,837

 

 

6,830

 

Federal National Mortgage Association

 

 

11,186

 

 

11,145

 

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation

 

 

42

 

 

43

 

Government National Mortgage Association

 

 

107

 

 

107

 

 

 



 



 

Total residential mortgage-backed securities

 

 

74,082

 

 

73,579

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agency notes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Federal National Mortgage Association

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Due after 1 year but within 5 years

 

 

9,989

 

 

9,985

 

Due after 5 years but within 10 years

 

 

10,099

 

 

10,081

 

Federal Home Loan Bank

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Due after 5 years but within 10 years

 

 

10,000

 

 

9,871

 

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Due after 5 years but within 10 years

 

 

19,981

 

 

19,714

 

Federal Farm Credit Bank

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Due after 1 year but within 5 years

 

 

10,000

 

 

10,011

 

 

 



 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total obligations of U.S. government corporations and government sponsored enterprises

 

 

134,151

 

 

133,241

 

 

 



 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obligations of state and political institutions - New York Bank Qualified

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Due within 1 year

 

 

1,417

 

 

1,428

 

Due after 1 year but within 5 years

 

 

2,859

 

 

2,949

 

Due after 5 years but within 10 years

 

 

2,977

 

 

3,039

 

Due after 10 years

 

 

21,208

 

 

21,256

 

 

 



 



 

Total obligations of state and political institutions-New York Bank Qualified

 

 

28,461

 

 

28,672

 

 

 



 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Single-issuer, trust preferred securities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Due after 10 years

 

 

8,633

 

 

8,666

 

 

 



 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate debt securities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Due within 6 months

 

 

103,161

 

 

103,207

 

Due after 6 months but within 1 year

 

 

66,148

 

 

66,097

 

Due after 1 year but within 2 years

 

 

48,399

 

 

48,160

 

Due after 2 years but within 5 years

 

 

21,318

 

 

21,195

 

 

 



 



 

Total corporate debt securities

 

 

239,026

 

 

238,659

 

 

 



 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other securities

 

 

5,039

 

 

4,926

 

 

 



 



 

Total

 

$

415,310

 

$

414,164

 

 

 



 



 

17


STERLING BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Held to maturity

 

Carrying
Value

 

Fair
Value

 


 


 


 

 

Obligations of U.S. government corporations and government sponsored enterprises

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Residential mortgage-backed securities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CMOs (Federal National Mortgage Association)

 

$

6,182

 

$

6,447

 

CMOs (Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation)

 

 

9,838

 

 

10,261

 

Federal National Mortgage Association

 

 

63,976

 

 

68,036

 

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation

 

 

34,756

 

 

36,607

 

Government National Mortgage Association

 

 

4,726

 

 

5,295

 

 

 



 



 

Total residential mortgage-backed securities

 

 

119,478

 

 

126,646

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agency notes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Federal National Mortgage Association

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Due after 1 year but within 5 years

 

 

39,994

 

 

39,666

 

Due after 5 years but within 10 years

 

 

39,960

 

 

38,997

 

Due after 10 years

 

 

29,994

 

 

29,713

 

Federal Home Loan Bank

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Due after 1 year but within 5 years

 

 

19,991

 

 

19,861

 

Due after 5 years but within 10 years

 

 

29,988

 

 

29,893

 

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Due within 1 year

 

 

5,000

 

 

4,993

 

Due after 1 year but within 5 years

 

 

29,995

 

 

29,851

 

Due after 5 years but within 10 years

 

 

22,488

 

 

22,000

 

 

 



 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total obligations of U.S. government corporations and government sponsored enterprises

 

 

336,888

 

 

341,620

 

 

 



 



 

Obligations of state and political institutions - New York Bank Qualified

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Due after 5 years but within 10 years

 

 

1,077

 

 

1,112

 

Due after 10 years

 

 

120,316

 

 

119,566

 

 

 



 



 

Total obligations of state and political institutions-New York Bank Qualified

 

 

121,393

 

 

120,678

 

 

 



 



 

Total

 

$

458,281

 

$

462,298

 

 

 



 



 

Information regarding sales/calls of available for sale securities is as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended
March 31,

 

 

 


 

 

 

2011

 

2010

 

 

 


 


 

 

Sales

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds

 

$

55,898

 

$

58,260

 

Gross gains

 

 

757

 

 

1,499

 

Gross losses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds

 

 

32,689

 

 

65,025

 

Gross gains

 

 

48

 

 

1

 

Gross losses

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Information regarding calls of held to maturity securities is as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended
March 31,

 

 

 


 

 

 

2011

 

2010

 

 

 


 


 

Calls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds

 

$

5,000

 

$

54,380

 

Gross gains

 

 

 

 

3

 

Gross losses

 

 

76

 

 

 

There were no sales or transfers of held to maturity securities during the three-month periods ended March 31, 2011 or March 31, 2010.

18


STERLING BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

Note 3. Loans and allowance for loan losses

 

The major components of domestic loans held for sale and loans held in portfolio are as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31,
2011

 

December 31,
2010

 

 

 


 


 

Loans held for sale, net of valuation reserve ($-0- at March 31, 2011 and $113 at December 31, 2010)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Real estate—residential mortgage

 

$

24,102

 

$

32,049

 

 

 



 



 

Loans held in portfolio, net of unearned discounts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commercial and industrial

 

 

592,566

 

 

620,136

 

Equipment financing receivables

 

 

156,473

 

 

161,054

 

Factored receivables

 

 

154,948

 

 

162,070

 

Real estate—residential mortgage

 

 

132,659

 

 

127,695

 

Real estate—commercial mortgage

 

 

98,216

 

 

96,991

 

Real estate—construction and land development

 

 

23,975

 

 

25,624

 

Loans to individuals

 

 

11,699

 

 

11,370

 

Loans to depository institutions

 

 

25,505

 

 

15,425

 

Loans to nondepository financial institutions

 

 

110,590

 

 

112,882

 

 

 



 



 

Loans held in portfolio, gross

 

 

1,306,631

 

 

1,333,247

 

Less unearned discounts

 

 

17,982

 

 

19,013

 

 

 



 



 

Loans held in portfolio, net of unearned discounts

 

 

1,288,649

 

 

1,314,234

 

 

 



 



 

 

 

$

1,312,751

 

$

1,346,283

 

 

 



 



 

 

At March 31, 2011, the bank had qualified loans, at carrying value of approximately $432.1 million, available to secure borrowings from the FHLB and the FRB. There were no loans pledged at March 31, 2011.

 

Loan Origination/Risk Management

The Company has lending policies and procedures in place that are designed to maximize loan income within an acceptable level of risk. Management reviews and approves these policies and procedures on a regular basis. A reporting system supplements the review process by providing management with frequent reports related to loan production, loan quality, concentrations of credit, loan delinquencies and non-performing and potential problem loans. Diversification in the loan portfolio is a means of managing risk associated with fluctuations in economic conditions.

 

The Company maintains an independent loan review process that reviews and validates the credit risk program on a periodic basis. Results of these reviews are presented to management. The loan review process complements and reinforces the risk identification and assessment decisions made by lenders.

 

Commercial and Loans to Nondepository Financial Institutions

Sterling provides a full range of loans to small and medium-sized businesses with the objective of establishing longer-term relationships. Loans generally range in size up to $20 million, tailored to meet customers’ long- and short-term needs, and include secured and unsecured lines of credit and business installment loans.

 

Loans generally are collateralized by accounts receivable, inventory and other assets. Sterling also provides back-office services, i.e., processing payroll, generating customer invoices, credit collection assistance and related payroll services. The repayment of commercial loans is generally dependent on the creditworthiness and cash flow of borrowers and guarantors, which may be negatively impacted by adverse economic conditions. While these loans are secured, collateral type, marketability, coverage, valuation and monitoring is not as uniform as in other portfolio classes and recovery from liquidation of such collateral may be subject to greater variability.

 

Factoring

Factoring provides a finance service that combines working capital financing, credit risk protection, and accounts receivable management for companies in a variety of industries. This business may be conducted on a recourse or non-recourse basis, depending upon the needs of the client.

19


STERLING BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

In general, Sterling records a receivable for the amount of accounts receivable due from customers of its clients and records a liability for the funds due to the client. Under advance factoring arrangements, clients can draw an advance as accounts receivable are sold/assigned to Sterling. With advance factoring, Sterling normally has recourse against the client if the customer fails to pay. Under collection factoring arrangements, clients sell Sterling their accounts receivable and Sterling provides credit protection to the client guaranteeing the collection of the amount due and back-office support. Collection factoring is generally under a nonrecourse basis where the principal source of payment for Sterling is through the collection of the receivable from our clients’s customers whose credit has been approved by Sterling following a rigorous review process. Also, with collection factoring, Sterling has credit default insurance with a nationally recognized insurance company to provide it with protection against customer default.

 

Commercial Real Estate

Sterling offers a range of commercial real estate lending including financing on commercial buildings, retail properties and mixed use properties. Loans are predicated on the cash flow of the property, the value of the property determined by an independent appraisal and the strength of personal guarantees, if any. Loans are made at fixed or floating rates. Floating rate loans are based on the prime rate. Fixed rate loans are tied to Treasury or FHLB benchmarks and other indices.

 

Commercial real estate loans are subject to underwriting standards and processes similar to commercial and industrial loans, in addition to those of real estate loans. These loans are viewed primarily as cash flow loans and secondarily as loans secured by real estate. Commercial real estate lending typically involves higher loan principal amounts and the repayment of these loans is generally dependent on the successful operation of the property securing the loan or the business conducted on the property securing the loan. Commercial real estate loans may be more adversely affected by conditions in the real estate markets or in the general economy. The properties securing the Company’s real estate portfolio are diverse in terms of type and geographic location. This diversity helps reduce the Company’s exposure to adverse economic events that affect any single market or industry. Management monitors and evaluates commercial real estate loans based on collateral, geographic and risk grade criteria.

 

With respect to loans to developers and builders that are secured by non-owner occupied properties that the Company may originate from time to time, the Company generally requires the borrower to have had an existing relationship with the Company and have a record of success. Construction loans are underwritten utilizing feasibility studies, independent appraisal reviews, sensitivity analysis of absorption and lease rates and financial analysis of the developers and property owners. Construction loans are generally based upon estimates of costs and value associated with funds, with repayment substantially dependent on the success of the ultimate project. Sources of repayment for these types of loans may be pre-committed permanent loans from approved long-term lenders, sales of developed property or an interim loan commitment from the Company until permanent financing is obtained. These loans are closely monitored by on-site inspections and are considered to have higher risks than other real estate loans due to their ultimate repayment being sensitive to the timely completion of the project, interest rate changes, government regulation of real property, general economic conditions and the availability of long-term financing.

 

Equipment Financing

Sterling engages in direct and indirect lease financing. Direct lease financing is when requests for financing originate with an end user seeking to finance equipment for up to 60 months. Indirect lease financing arises through relationships with equipment financing brokers. In both cases, credit approval is based upon a full underwriting process that involves the submission of financial and other information, including the applicant’s historical performance, cash flow projections and value of equipment, and for customers who are not public entities, Sterling generally obtains the personal guarantees of the principals of the entities.

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STERLING BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

Residential Mortgage

Residential mortgage loans, principally on single-family residences, are made primarily for re-sale into the secondary market. Offering both fixed and adjustable rate residential mortgage loan products, mortgages are focused on conforming credit, government insured FHA and other high-quality loan products. Jumbo loans are also originated for sale into the secondary market, or brokered to third party providers.

 

The ability of borrowers to service debt in the residential mortgage loan portfolios is generally subject to personal income which may be impacted by general economic conditions, such as increased unemployment levels. These loans are predominantly collateralized by first and second liens on single family properties. If a borrower cannot maintain the loan, the Company’s ability to recover against the collateral in sufficient amount and in a timely manner may be significantly influenced by market, legal and regulatory conditions. 

 

Concentrations of Credit

There are no industry concentrations (exceeding 10% of loans, gross) of loans held in portfolio. Approximately 68.5% of loans are to borrowers located in the New York metropolitan area. A further deterioration in economic conditions within the region including a decline in real estate values, higher unemployment and other factors which could adversely impact small and mid-sized businesses, could have a significant adverse impact on the quality of the Company’s loan portfolio. In addition, a decline in real estate values and higher unemployment within the mid-Atlantic region and North Carolina could adversely impact the Company’s residential real estate loan portfolio.

 

Approximately 22.6% or $6.9 million and 24.3% or $5.9 million of the Company’s net interest income and noninterest income are related to real estate lending for the three months ended March 31, 2011 and 2010, respectively. Real estate prices in the U.S. market decreased during 2010 and have continued to decrease in 2011. Continuing declines in real estate values could necessitate charge-offs in our mortgage loan portfolio that may impact our operating results. In addition, a sustained period of declining real estate values combined with the continued turbulence in the financial and credit markets would continue to limit our mortgage-related revenues.

As of March 31, 2011, approximately 67.3% of the Company’s loan portfolio consisted of commercial and industrial, factored receivables, construction and commercial real estate loans. Because the Company’s loan portfolio contains a number of commercial and industrial, construction and commercial real estate loans with relatively large balances, the deterioration of one or a few of these loans could cause a significant increase in non-performing loans.

 

Related Party Loans

Loans are made to officers or directors (including their immediate families) of the Company or for the benefit of corporations in which they have a beneficial interest subject to applicable regulations. There were no outstanding balances on such loans in excess of $60 thousand to any individual or entity at March 31, 2011 or 2010.

 

Nonperforming Loans

Nonaccrual loans are those on which the accrual of interest has ceased. Loans, including loans that are individually identified as being impaired under FASB Codification Topic 310: Receivables, are generally placed on nonaccrual status immediately if, in the opinion of management, principal or interest is not likely to be paid in accordance with the terms of the loan agreement, or when principal or interest is past due 90 days or more and collateral, if any, is insufficient to cover principal and interest.

 

Interest accrued but not collected at the date a loan is placed on nonaccrual status is reversed against interest income. Interest income is recognized on nonaccrual loans only to the extent received in cash. Where there is doubt regarding the ultimate collectibility of the loan principal, cash receipts, whether designated as principal or interest, are thereafter applied to reduce the carrying value of the loan. Loans are restored to accrual status when interest and principal payments are brought current and future payments are reasonably assured.

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

The following table sets forth the amount of nonaccrual loans of the Company as of the dates indicated:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31,
2011

 

December 31,
2010

 

 

 


 


 

Commercial & industrial

 

$

1,242

 

$

1,014

 

Equipment financing receivables

 

 

972

 

 

892

 

Factored receivables

 

 

 

 

 

Real estate—residential mortgage

 

 

1,675

 

 

1,614

 

Real estate-commercial mortgage

 

 

3,124

 

 

3,124

 

Real estate—construction and land development

 

 

 

 

 

Loans to individuals

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

 



 



 

Total nonaccrual loans

 

$

7,016

 

$

6,644

 

 

 



 



 

 

The following table provides information regarding the past due status of loans at March 31, 2011 and December 31, 2010:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31, 2011

 

30–59
Days Past
Due

 

60–89
Days Past
Due

 

90 &
Over Past
Due

 

Total Past
Due

 

Current

 

Total Loans

 

MEMO
90 & Over
and Still
Accruing

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

Commercial and industrial

 

$

17,138

 

$

4,702

 

$

1,243

 

$

23,083

 

$

567,821

 

$

590,904

 

$

1

 

Equipment financing receivables

 

 

1,417

 

 

820

 

 

972

 

 

3,209

 

 

137,121

 

 

140,330

 

 

 

Factored receivables

 

 

1,180

 

 

307

 

 

295

 

 

1,782

 

 

152,989

 

 

154,771

 

 

295

 

Real estate—residential mortgage—portfolio

 

 

1,916

 

 

2,068

 

 

1,675

 

 

5,659

 

 

127,000

 

 

132,659

 

 

 

Real estate—commercial mortgage

 

 

6,812

 

 

 

 

3,124

 

 

9,936

 

 

88,280

 

 

98,216

 

 

 

Real estate—construction and land development

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23,975

 

 

23,975

 

 

 

Loans to individuals

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

3

 

 

11,696

 

 

11,699

 

 

 

Loans to depository institutions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25,505

 

 

25,505

 

 

 

Loans to nondepository financial institutions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

110,590

 

 

110,590

 

 

 

 

 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 

Total loans, net of unearned discount

 

$

28,463

 

$

7,897

 

$

7,312

 

$

43,672

 

$

1,244,977

 

$

1,288,649

 

$

296

 

 

 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 

                                             

December 31, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commercial and industrial

 

$

16,899

 

$

4,693

 

$

1,015

 

$

22,607

 

$

595,616

 

$

618,223

 

$

1

 

Equipment financing receivables

 

 

1,399

 

 

579

 

 

958

 

 

2,936

 

 

141,299

 

 

144,235

 

 

66

 

Factored receivables

 

 

3,321

 

 

662

 

 

247

 

 

4,230

 

 

157,559

 

 

161,789

 

 

247

 

Real estate—residential mortgage—portfolio

 

 

3,297

 

 

2,515

 

 

1,614

 

 

7,426

 

 

152,318

 

 

159,744

 

 

 

Real estate—commercial mortgage

 

 

9,626

 

 

 

 

3,124

 

 

12,750

 

 

84,241

 

 

96,991

 

 

 

Real estate—construction and land development

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25,624

 

 

25,624

 

 

 

Loans to individuals

 

 

52

 

 

 

 

 

 

52

 

 

11,318

 

 

11,370

 

 

 

Loans to depository institutions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15,425

 

 

15,425

 

 

 

Loans to nondepository financial institutions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

112,882

 

 

112,882

 

 

 

 

 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 

Total loans, net of unearned discount

 

$

34,594

 

$

8,449

 

$

6,958

 

$

50,001

 

$

1,296,282

 

$

1,346,283

 

$

314

 

 

 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 

                                             

 

Impaired Loans

Management considers a loan to be impaired when, based on current information and events, it is determined that the Company will not be able to collect all amounts due according to the loan contract, including scheduled interest payments. Determination of impairment is treated the same across all classes of loans on a loan-by-loan basis. When management identifies a loan as impaired, the impairment is measured based on the present value of expected future cash flows, discounted at the loan’s effective interest rate, except when the sole remaining source of repayment of the loan is the operation or liquidation of the collateral. In these cases management uses the current fair value of the collateral, less selling costs when foreclosure is probable, instead of discounted cash flows.

 

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

If management determines that the value of the impaired loan is less than the recorded investment in the loan (net of previous charge-offs, deferred loan fees or costs and unamortized premium or discount), impairment is recognized through an allowance estimate or a charge-off to the allowance.

When the ultimate collectibility of the total principal of an impaired loan is in doubt and the loan is on nonaccrual status, all payments are applied to principal, under the cost recovery method. When the ultimate collectibility of the total principal of an impaired loan is not in doubt and the loan is on nonaccrual status, contractual interest is credited to interest income when received, under the cash basis method. Impaired loans, or portions thereof, are charged off when deemed uncollectible.

 

The following tables include the recorded investment and unpaid principal balances for impaired financing receivables with the associated allowance amount, if applicable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31, 2011

 

Recorded
Investment
in Impaired
Loans

 

Principal
Balance
With No
Allowance

 

Unpaid
Principal
Balance
With
Allowance

 

Related
Allowance

 

Average
Recorded
Investment
in Impaired
Loans

 

Interest
Income
Recognized
in Impaired
Loans

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

Commercial and industrial

 

$

2,192

 

$

 

$

4,242

 

$

518

 

$

2,214

 

$

27

 

Equipment financing receivables

 

 

192

 

 

 

 

192

 

 

17

 

 

303

 

 

20

 

Factored receivables

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Real estate—residential mortgage

 

 

4,731

 

 

 

 

4,817

 

 

1,208

 

 

4,818

 

 

47

 

Real estate—commercial mortgage

 

 

3,124

 

 

 

 

3,124

 

 

1,113

 

 

3,124

 

 

26

 

Real estate—construction and land development

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loans to individuals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loans to depository institutions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loans to nondepository financial institutions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 



 



 



 



 



 

Total

 

$

10,239

 

$

 

$

12,375

 

$

2,856

 

$

10,459

 

$

120

 

 

 



 



 



 



 



 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 31, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commercial and industrial

 

$

2,236

 

$

584

 

$

4,243

 

$

605

 

$

1,598

 

 

 

 

Equipment financing receivables

 

 

414

 

 

 

 

414

 

 

33

 

 

1,095

 

 

 

 

Factored receivables

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Real estate—residential mortgage

 

 

4,904

 

 

 

 

4,990

 

 

1,104

 

 

3,681

 

 

 

 

Real estate—commercial mortgage

 

 

3,124

 

 

 

 

3,124

 

 

1,100

 

 

1,725

 

 

 

 

Real estate—construction and land development

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loans to individuals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loans to depository institutions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loans to nondepository financial institutions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 



 



 



 



 

 

 

 

Total

 

$

10,678

 

$

584

 

$

12,771

 

$

2,842

 

$

8,099

 

 

 

 

 

 



 



 



 



 



 

 

 

 

 

Credit Quality Indicators

As part of the ongoing monitoring of the credit quality of the Company’s loan portfolio, management tracks certain credit quality indicators including trends related to (i) the risk grade of loans, (ii) the level of classified loans, (iii) charge-offs, (iv) nonperforming loans and (v) the general economic conditions in the New York metropolitan area.

The Company categorizes loans into risk categories based on relevant information about the ability of borrowers to service their debt, such as: current financial information, historical payment experience, credit documentation, public information, and current economic trends, among other factors. The Company has a process for analyzing non-homogeneous loans, such as commercial and industrial and commercial real estate loans, individually by grading the loans based on credit risk. This analysis occurs at varying times based on the type of loan as well as the loan balance and occurs at least once every 18 months for those loans greater than $500,000.

 

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

For homogeneous loan pools, such as residential mortgages, leases and consumer loans, the Company uses payment status to identify the credit risk in these loan portfolios. Payment status is reviewed on a daily basis by the Company’s personnel and on a monthly basis with respect to determining the adequacy of the allowance for loan losses. The payment status of these homogeneous pools at March 31, 2011 is included in the aging of the recorded investment of past due loans table above. In addition, the total nonperforming portion of these homogeneous loan pools at March 31, 2011 is presented in the recorded investment in nonaccrual loans table above.

 

The Company utilizes a risk grading matrix to assign a risk grade to each of its commercial loans. Loans under $100,000 are not risk rated. Loans are graded on a scale of 1 to 9. A description of the general characteristics of the 9 risk grades is as follows:

 

 

Risk Rating 1 & 2/High Quality/Minimal Risk—These loans are well secured by liquid or high quality, diversified, and readily marketable securities within the bank’s defined margin requirements including cash surrender value of life insurance, or loans to strong privately held obligors secured by real estate with satisfactory loan to value, and support guarantors. They could include loans to publicly traded entities with strong credit ratings (A-1 or better) with Moody’s or Standard & Poor’s.

 

Risk Rating 3 & 4/Very Good/Good Quality—These loans can be either unsecured or secured (with monthly monitoring of Accounts Receivable and/or Inventory) to adequately or moderately capitalized privately held obligors with satisfactory sales, revenue, earnings trends, cash flow, and leverage. These secured loans may be monitored in the Asset Based Lending or the Factoring Department to include control of cash receipts and defined formula advances. These categories could include loans to publicly traded entities with credit ratings of A-3 or lower by Moody’s or Standard & Poor’s.

 

Risk Rating 5/Watch List—These loans are to companies with uneven financial performance containing exceptions to loan policy without mitigating factors. These loans may exist when the obligors experience temporary credit and/or structural deficiencies. Such credits have not been criticized by Loan Review. Close supervision is warranted to avoid further deterioration.

 

Risk Rating 6/Special Mention (OCC Definition)—Other Assets Especially Mentioned (OAEM) are loans that are currently protected but are potentially weak. Special Mention ratings have potential weaknesses which may, if not checked or corrected, weaken the asset or inadequately protect the bank’s credit position at some future date. Such assets constitute an undue and unwarranted credit risk but not to the point of justifying a classification of substandard. The credit risk may be relatively minor yet constitute an unwarranted risk in light of the circumstances surrounding a specific asset.

 

Risk Rating 7/Substandard (OCC Definition)—These loans are inadequately protected by the current sound worth and paying capacity of the obligor or of the collateral pledged, if any. Assets so classified must have a well-defined weakness that jeopardizes the liquidation of the debt. They are characterized by the distinct possibility that the Bank will sustain some loss if the deficiencies are not corrected. Loss potential, while existing in the aggregate amount of substandard assets, does not have to exist in individual assets classified as substandard.

 

Risk Rating 8/Doubtful (OCC Definition)—These loans have all the weakness inherent in one classified as substandard with the added characteristics that the weakness makes collection or liquidation in full, on the basis of currently existing facts, conditions, and values, highly questionable and improbable. The possibility of loss is extremely high, but because of certain important and reasonably specific pending factors which may work to the advantage and strengthening of the asset, its classification as an estimated loss is deferred until its more exact status may be determined. Pending factors include proposed merger, acquisition, or liquidating procedures, capital injection, perfecting liens or additional collateral and refinancing plans.

 

Risk Rating 9/Loss (OCC Definition)—These loans are classified as Loss and charged off because they are determined to be uncollectible and unbankable assets. This classification does not mean that the asset has absolutely no recovery or salvage value, but rather it is not practical or desirable to defer writing off this basically worthless asset even though partial recovery may be effected in the future. The bank should not be allowed to attempt long-term recoveries while the asset remains booked. Losses should be taken in the period in which they are determined to be uncollectible.

 

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

The following table presents weighted average risk grades and classified loans by class of commercial loan. Classified loans include loans in Risk Grades 6, 7 and 8.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31, 2011 

 

December 31, 2010

 

 

 




 




 

 

 

Weighted
Average
Risk Grade

 

Classified
Loans

 

Weighted
Average
Risk Grade

 

Classified
Loans

 


 


 


 


 


 

Commercial and industrial

 

3.31

 

$

5,848

 

3.32

 

$

3,450

 

Factored receivables

 

2.76

 

 

 

2.76

 

 

 

Real estate—commercial mortgage

 

3.38

 

 

3,124

 

3.36

 

 

3,124

 

Real estate—construction and land development

 

4.49

 

 

 

4.55

 

 

5,249

 

Loans to depository institutions

 

1.82

 

 

 

3.00

 

 

 

Loans to nondepository financial institutions

 

3.13

 

 

 

3.06

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 



 

Total

 

3.23

 

$

8,972

 

3.24

 

$

11,823

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 



 

 

Allowance for Loan Losses

The allowance reflects management’s best estimate of probable losses within the existing loan portfolio and of the risk inherent in various components of the loan portfolio. The allowance, in the judgment of management, is necessary to reserve for estimated loan losses and risk inherent in the loan portfolio. Additions to the allowance for loan losses are made by charges to the provision for loan losses. Credit exposures deemed to be uncollectible are charged against the allowance for loan losses. Recoveries of previously charged-off amounts are credited to the allowance for loan losses.

The Company’s allowance for loan loss methodology is based on guidance provided by the “Interagency Policy Statement on the Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses” issued by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve system, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National Credit Union Administration and the Office of Thrift Supervision in December 2006 and includes an allowance allocation calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP guidance in FASB Codification Topic 310: Receivables and allowance allocations calculated in accordance with FASB Codification Topic 450: Contingencies. Accordingly, the methodology is based on historical loss experience by type of credit and internal risk grade, specific homogeneous risk pools and specific loss allocations, with adjustments for current events and conditions.

The level of the allowance for loan losses relies on a consistent process that requires multiple layers of management review and judgment and of industry concentrations, specific credit risks, loan loss experience, current loan portfolio quality, present economic, political and regulatory conditions and unidentified losses inherent in the current loan portfolio. Portions of the allowance may be allocated to specific credits; however, the entire allowance is available for any credit that, in management’s judgment, should be charged off. While management utilizes its best judgment and information available, the ultimate adequacy of the allowance is dependent upon a variety of factors beyond the Company’s control, including, among other things, the performance of the Company’s loan portfolio, the economy, changes in interest rates and the view of the regulatory authorities toward loan classifications.

 

The Company’s allowance for loan losses includes (1) specific valuation allowances for impaired loans evaluated in accordance with FASB Codification Topic 310: Receivables; (2) formulaic allowances based on historical loss experience by loan category, adjusted, as necessary, to reflect the impact of current conditions; and (3) unallocated general valuation allowances determined in accordance with FASB Codification Topic 450: Contingencies based on general economic conditions and other qualitative risk factors both internal and external to the Company.

The allowance established for losses on specific loans is based on a regular analysis and evaluation of problem loans. Loans are classified based on an internal credit risk grading process that evaluates, among other things: (i) the obligor’s ability to repay; (ii) the underlying collateral, if any; and (iii) the economic environment and industry in which the borrower operates. This analysis is performed at the relationship manager level for all loans. When a loan has a calculated grade of 6 or higher, an analysis is performed to determine whether the loan is impaired and, if impaired, the need to specifically allocate a portion of the allowance for loan losses to the loan. Specific valuation allowances are determined by analyzing the borrower’s ability to repay amounts owed, collateral deficiencies, the relative risk grade of the loan and economic conditions affecting the borrower’s industry, among other things.

 

25


STERLING BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

Historical valuation allowances are calculated based on the historical loss experience of specific types of loans and the internal risk grade of such loans at the time they were charged-off. The Company calculates historical loss ratios for pools of similar loans with similar characteristics based on the portion of actual charge-offs experienced to the total population of loans in the pool. The historical loss ratios are periodically updated based on actual charge-off experience. A historical valuation allowance is established for each pool of similar loans based upon the product of the historical loss ratio and the total dollar amount of the loans in the pool. During 2010 the Company revised its historical loss ratio calculation to reflect a five year history from a ten year history to reflect the current loss experience.

 

The Company’s pool of similar loans include similarly risk-graded groups of commercial and industrial loans, commercial real estate loans, residential real estate loans and consumer and other loans.

 

General valuation allowances are based on general economic conditions and other qualitative risk factors both internal and external to the Company. In general, such valuation allowances are determined by evaluating, among other things:

 

Estimated future losses in all significant loans

 

Existence and effect of any concentrations of credit

 

Existence and effect of any geographic concentration

 

Other external factors such as competition, legal matters or regulation that may affect risk

 

Effect of criticized and classified loans

 

Effects from risk arising with international lending

 

Effectiveness of internal problem loan identification and risk ratings

 

Trends in portfolio volume, maturity and compositions of loans within segments

 

Volumes and trends in delinquencies and nonaccrual loans

 

Changes in the quality of lending policies and procedures

 

Changes in local and national economic conditions

 

Experience, ability and depth of lending staff

 

Changes in value of underlying collateral

Management evaluates the degree of risk that each one of these components has on the quality of the loan portfolio on a quarterly basis. Each component is determined based on degree of risk. The results are then input into a “general allocation matrix” to determine an appropriate general valuation allowance.

 

Included in the general valuation allowances are allocations for groups of similar loans with risk characteristics that exceed certain concentration limits established by management. Concentration risk limits have been established, among other things, for certain industry concentrations, large and highly leveraged credit relationships that exceed specified risk grades, and loans originated with policy exceptions that exceed specified risk grades.

 

Loans are generally charged-off at the earlier of when it is determined that collection efforts are no longer productive or when they have been identified as losses by management, internal loan review and/or bank examiners. Furthermore, equipment financing receivables and revolving credit lines to small businesses are charged-off at the earlier of when payments are 120 days past due or when it is determined that collection efforts are no longer productive.

 

Factors considered in determining whether collection efforts are no longer productive include any amounts currently being collected, the status of discussions or negotiations with the lessee/borrower, the principal and/or guarantors, the cost of continuing efforts to collect, the status of any foreclosure or other legal actions, the value of the collateral, and any other pertinent factors.

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

The following table presents the activity in the allowance for loan losses by portfolio segment for the three months ended March 31, 2011:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance,
December 31,
2010

 

Charge-
Offs

 

(Recoveries)

 

Net
Charge-Offs

 

Provision
for Loan
Losses

 

Balance,
March 31,
2011

 

 

 


 


 


 


 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commercial and industrial

 

$

7,454

 

$

169

 

$

(20

)

$

149

 

$

174

 

$

7,479

 

Equipment financing receivables

 

 

3,423

 

 

3,776

 

 

(923

)

 

2,853

 

 

2,485

 

 

3,055

 

Factored receivables

 

 

1,424

 

 

132

 

 

(21

)

 

111

 

 

27

 

 

1,340

 

Real estate – residential mortgage (portfolio)

 

 

2,497

 

 

248

 

 

(163

)

 

85

 

 

184

 

 

2,596

 

Real estate – commercial mortgage

 

 

2,275

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

 

 

2,285

 

Real estate – construction and land development

 

 

310

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(24

)

 

286

 

Loans to individuals

 

 

119

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(3

)

 

116

 

Loans to depository institutions

 

 

46

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31

 

 

77

 

Loans to nondepository finanical institutions

 

 

564

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

100

 

 

664

 

Unallocated

 

 

126

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16

 

 

142

 

 

 



 



 



 



 



 



 

Total

 

$

18,238

 

$

4,325

 

$

(1,127

)

$

3,198

 

$

3,000

 

$

18,040

 

 

 



 



 



 



 



 



 

The following table presents the activity in the allowance for loan losses for the three months ended March 31, 2010:

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

2010

 


 


 

Allowance for loan losses:

 

 

 

 

Balance at beginning of year

 

$

19,872

 

 

 



 

Charge-offs:

 

 

 

 

Commercial and industrial

 

 

850

 

Equipment financing receivables

 

 

4,983

 

Factored receivables

 

 

151

 

Real estate—residential mortgage

 

 

65

 

Real estate—commercial mortgage

 

 

129

 

Real estate—construction and land development

 

 

 

Loans to individuals

 

 

21

 

 

 



 

Total charge-offs

 

 

6,199

 

 

 



 

Recoveries:

 

 

 

 

Commercial and industrial

 

 

215

 

Equipment financing receivables

 

 

105

 

Factored receivables

 

 

9

 

Real estate—residential mortgage

 

 

 

Real estate—commercial mortgage

 

 

 

Real estate—construction and land development

 

 

 

Loans to individuals

 

 

 

 

 



 

Total recoveries

 

 

329

 

 

 



 

Subtract:

 

 

 

 

Net charge-offs

 

 

5,870

 

 

 



 

Provision for loan losses

 

 

6,000

 

 

 



 

Less loss on transfers to other real estate owned

 

 

39

 

 

 



 

Balance at end of year

 

$

19,963

 

 

 



 

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

The following table presents the balance in the allowance for loan losses and the recorded investment in loans by portfolio segment and based on impairment method as of March 31, 2011:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ending Allowance Balance
Attributable to Loans Evaluated
for Impairment

 

Loan Balances
Evaluated for Impairment

 

 

 


 


 

 

 

Individually

 

Collectively

 

Total

 

Individually

 

Collectively

 

Total

 

 

 


 


 


 


 


 


 

Commercial and industrial

 

$

518

 

$

6,961

 

$

7,479

 

$

2,192

 

$

588,712

 

$

590,904

 

Equipment financing receivables

 

 

17

 

 

3,038

 

 

3,055

 

 

192

 

 

140,138

 

 

140,330

 

Factored receivables

 

 

 

 

1,340

 

 

1,340

 

 

 

 

154,771

 

 

154,771

 

Real estate—residential mortgage (portfolio)

 

 

1,208

 

 

1,388

 

 

2,596

 

 

4,731

 

 

127,928

 

 

132,659

 

Real estate—commercial mortgage

 

 

1,113

 

 

1,172

 

 

2,285

 

 

3,124

 

 

95,092

 

 

98,216

 

Real estate—construction and land development

 

 

 

 

286

 

 

286

 

 

 

 

23,975

 

 

23,975

 

Loans to individuals

 

 

 

 

116

 

 

116

 

 

 

 

11,699

 

 

11,699

 

Loans to depository institutions

 

 

 

 

77

 

 

77

 

 

 

 

25,505

 

 

25,505

 

Loans to nondepository financial institutions

 

 

 

 

664

 

 

664

 

 

 

 

110,590

 

 

110,590

 

Unallocated

 

 

 

 

 

 

142

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 



 



 



 



 



 

Total

 

$

2,856

 

$

15,042

 

$

18,040

 

$

10,239

 

$

1,278,410

 

$

1,288,649

 

 

 



 



 



 



 



 



 

 

Note 4. Federal Home Loan Bank Advances

 

During the 2011 first quarter, the bank restructured a portion of its Federal Home Loan Bank fixed rate advances by repaying $100 million of existing borrowings and replacing them with $100 million of lower cost, floating rate advances. This transaction resulted in $4.2 million in prepayment penalties that were deferred and will be recognized in interest expense as an adjustment to the cost of these borrowings in future periods. The existing borrowings were a combination of fixed rate and amortizing advances with an average cost of 2.58% and an average duration of 3.2 years. The new borrowings are all floating-rate advances with an average cost of 1.58%, including the deferred adjustment, with an average duration of three months. The relevant accounting treatment for this transaction was an interpretation of the guidance provided in ASC 470-50. This transaction was executed as an earnings and interest rate risk strategy, resulting in lower FHLB advance costs and a reduction of average duration.

 

Note 5. Other noninterest income and expenses

 

The following tables set forth the significant components of other noninterest income and other noninterest expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended
March 31,

 

 

 


 

 

 

2011

 

2010

 

 

 


 


 

OTHER NONINTEREST INCOME

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade finance income

 

$

588

 

$

492

 

Other customer related fees

 

 

180

 

 

174

 

Trust fees

 

 

53

 

 

84

 

Income from life insurance policies

 

 

275

 

 

264

 

Gain on other real estate owned

 

 

 

 

13

 

Other income

 

 

703

 

 

296

 

 

 



 



 

Total other noninterest income

 

$

1,799

 

$

1,323

 

 

 



 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER NONINTEREST EXPENSES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advertising and marketing

 

$

425

 

$

1,006

 

Communications

 

 

410

 

 

348

 

Other expenses

 

 

2,334

 

 

2,173

 

 

 



 



 

Total other noninterest expenses

 

$

3,169

 

$

3,527

 

 

 



 



 

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

Note 6. Common Shares and Stock Incentive Plan

 

On March 9, 2011, the Company completed an underwritten public offering of 4.025 million common shares at an offering price of $9.60 per share, which resulted in net proceeds of $36.5 million after underwriting discounts and expenses.

 

On March 24, 2011, the Board of Directors, upon recommendation by the Compensation and Corporate Governance Committees, granted a total of 20,000 shares of restricted stock to the eight non-management directors (“director restricted shares”) and 41,565 restricted shares to the Chairman, President and five Executive Vice Presidents (“officer restricted shares”). The director restricted shares will vest 25% annually over four years beginning on the first anniversary of the grant date. The officer restricted shares vest 50% on the second anniversary of the grant date and 25% on each of the third and fourth anniversaries of the grant date and were also limited by the 2008 agreement between the Company and the U.S. Treasury. The director restricted shares and the officer restricted shares were issued at $9.71 per share, the closing price on the date of the grant. The agreements for both the director restricted shares and the officer restricted shares have additional provisions regarding transferability and accelerated vesting of the shares and the continuation of performing substantial services for the Company.

 

Note 7. Employee Benefit Plans

 

The following table sets forth the components of net periodic benefit cost for the Company’s noncontributory defined benefit pension plan and unfunded supplemental retirement plan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended
March 31,

 

 

 


 

 

 

2011

 

2010

 

 

 


 


 

Service Cost

 

$

544

 

$

565

 

Interest Cost

 

 

895

 

 

938

 

Expected return on plan assets

 

 

(771

)

 

(789

)

Amortization of prior service cost

 

 

16

 

 

17

 

Recognized actuarial loss

 

 

700

 

 

756

 

 

 



 



 

Net periodic benefit cost

 

$

1,384

 

$

1,487

 

 

 



 



 

The Company expects to contribute approximately $2.0 million to the defined benefit pension plan in 2011.

 

Note 8. Income Taxes

 

The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) has completed its examination of the Company’s federal tax returns for the years 2002 through 2004 and has issued a report disallowing certain bad debt deductions arising from the worthlessness of loans made to customers. The Company, assisted by outside counsel, has prepared a written protest which vigorously challenges all of the IRS findings and the Company will exercise its right to a conference with the Appeals Office of the IRS to discuss the issues and arguments raised in the Company’s protest. The Company and its outside counsel believe that the bad debt deductions were proper and that the position of the IRS is unsupportable as a matter of fact and law.

 

Note 9. Segment Reporting

 

The Company provides a broad range of financial products and services, including commercial loans, asset-based financing, mortgage warehouse lending, factoring and accounts receivable management services, trade financing, equipment leasing, commercial and residential mortgage lending and brokerage, and corporate and consumer deposit services. The Company’s primary source of earnings is net interest income, which represents the difference between interest earned on interest-earning assets and the interest incurred on interest-bearing liabilities. The Company’s 2011 year-to-date average interest-earning assets were 58.6% loans (corporate lending was 74.0% and real estate lending was 22.6% of total loans, respectively) and 41.0% investment securities and money market investments. There are no industry concentrations exceeding 10% of loans, gross, in the corporate lending segment. Approximately 68.5% of loans are to borrowers located in the New York metropolitan area. In order to comply with the segment reporting guidance under U.S. GAAP, the Company has determined that it has three reportable operating segments: corporate lending, real estate lending and company-wide treasury.

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)

The following tables provide certain information regarding the Company’s operating segments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate
Lending

 

Real Estate
Lending

 

Company-wide
Treasury

 

Totals

 

 

 


 


 


 


 

Three Months Ended March 31, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net interest income

 

$

9,625

 

$

4,687

 

$

4,895

 

$

19,207

 

Noninterest income

 

 

7,633

 

 

2,183

 

 

1,530

 

 

11,346

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

199

 

 

24

 

 

1

 

 

224

 

Segment income before income taxes

 

 

5,521

 

 

3,974

 

 

6,169

 

 

15,664

 

Segment assets

 

 

877,720

 

 

402,877

 

 

1,053,759

 

 

2,334,356

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net interest income

 

$

8,195

 

$

4,218

 

$

7,264

 

$

19,677

 

Noninterest income

 

 

6,939

 

 

1,702

 

 

2,338

 

 

10,979

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

174

 

 

28

 

 

1

 

 

203

 

Segment income before income taxes

 

 

6,327

 

 

3,421

 

 

8,033

 

 

17,781

 

Segment assets

 

 

829,351

 

 

355,521

 

 

966,572

 

 

2,151,444

 

The following table sets forth reconciliations of net interest income, noninterest income, profits and assets of reportable operating segments to the Company’s consolidated totals:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended
March 31,

 

 

 

2011

 

2010

 

 

 


 


 

Net interest income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total for reportable operating segments

 

$

19,207

 

$

19,677

 

Other [1]

 

 

222

 

 

218

 

 

 



 



 

Consolidated net interest income

 

$

19,429

 

$

19,895

 

 

 



 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noninterest income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total for reportable operating segments

 

$

11,346

 

$

10,979

 

Other [1]

 

 

96

 

 

123

 

 

 



 



 

Consolidated noninterest income

 

$

11,442

 

$

11,102

 

 

 



 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income before taxes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total for reportable operating segments

 

$

15,664

 

$

17,781

 

Other [1]

 

 

(10,246

)

 

(14,120

)

 

 



 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated income before income taxes

 

$

5,418

 

$

3,661

 

 

 



 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total for reportable operating segments

 

$

2,334,356

 

$

2,151,444

 

Other [1]

 

 

58,189

 

 

42,870

 

 

 



 



 

Consolidated assets

 

$

2,392,545

 

$

2,194,314

 

 

 



 



 

[1] Represents operations not considered to be a reportable segment and/or general operating expenses of the Company.

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)

Note 10. Other Comprehensive Income

Information related to the components of other comprehensive income included in accumulated other comprehensive loss is as follows with related tax effects:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended
March 31,

 

 

 


 

 

 

2011

 

2010

 

 

 


 


 

Other Comprehensive Income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unrealized holding gains on securities, arising during the period:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before tax

 

$

693

 

$

2,223

 

Tax effect

 

 

(314

)

 

(1,009

)

 

 



 



 

Net of tax

 

 

379

 

 

1,214

 

 

 



 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reclassification adjustment for securities gains included in net income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before tax

 

 

(729

)

 

(1,502

)

Tax effect

 

 

331

 

 

682

 

 

 



 



 

Net of tax

 

 

(398

)

 

(820

)

 

 



 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reclassification adjustment for amortization of prior service cost:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before tax

 

 

16

 

 

17

 

Tax effect

 

 

(7

)

 

(8

)

 

 



 



 

Net of tax

 

 

9

 

 

9

 

 

 



 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reclassification adjustment for amortization of net actuarial losses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before tax

 

 

712

 

 

756

 

Tax effect

 

 

(323

)

 

(343

)

 

 



 



 

Net of tax

 

 

389

 

 

413

 

 

 



 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income

 

$

379

 

$

816

 

 

 



 



 

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STERLING BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)

Note 11. Fair Value Measurements

The fair value of an asset or liability is the price that would be received to sell that asset or paid to transfer that liability in an orderly transaction between market participants. A fair value measurement assumes that the transaction to sell the asset or transfer the liability occurs in the principal market for the asset or liability or, in the absence of a principal market, the most advantageous market for the asset or liability. The price in the principal (or most advantageous) market used to measure the fair value of the asset or liability shall not be adjusted for transaction costs. An orderly transaction is a transaction that assumes exposure to the market for a period prior to the measurement date to allow for marketing activities that are usual and customary for transactions involving such assets and liabilities; it is not a forced transaction. Market participants are buyers and sellers in the principal market that are independent, knowledgeable, able to transact and willing to transact.

FASB Codification Topic 820: Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures establishes a hierarchy for valuation inputs that gives the highest priority to quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities and the lowest priority to unobservable inputs. The fair values hierarchy is as follows:

 

 

 

 

Level 1 Inputs - Unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities that the reporting entity has the ability to access at the measurement date. Examples of financial instruments generally included in this level are U.S. Treasury securities, equity and trust preferred securities that trade in active markets and listed derivative instruments.

 

 

 

 

Level 2 Inputs - Inputs other than quoted prices included in Level 1 that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly or indirectly. These might include quoted prices for similar assets or liabilities in active markets, quoted prices for identical or similar assets or liabilities in markets that are not active, inputs other than quoted prices that are observable for the asset or liability (such as interest rates, volatilities, prepayment speeds, credit risks, etc.) or inputs that are derived principally from or corroborated by market data by correlation or other means. Examples of financial instruments generally included in this level are corporate debt, mortgage-backed certificates issued by U.S. government corporations and government sponsored enterprises, equity securities that trade in less active markets and certain derivative instruments.

 

 

 

 

Level 3 Inputs - Unobservable inputs for determining the fair values of assets or liabilities that reflect an entity’s own judgments about the assumptions that market participants would use in pricing the assets or liabilities. Examples of financial instruments generally included in this level are private equities, certain loans held for sale and other alternative investments.

Fair value of securities is based upon quoted market prices, where available (level 1 inputs). If such quoted market prices are not available, fair value is based upon market prices determined by an outside, independent entity that primarily uses as inputs, observable market-based parameters (level 2 inputs). Fair value of loans held for sale is based upon internally developed models that primarily use as inputs, observable market-based parameters. Valuation adjustments may be made to ensure that financial instruments are recorded at fair value. These adjustments may include amounts to reflect counterparty credit quality, the Company’s creditworthiness, among other things, as well as unobservable parameters (level 3 inputs). Any such valuation adjustments are applied consistently over time. The Company valuation methodologies may produce a fair value calculation that may not be indicative of net realizable value or reflective of future fair values. While management believes the Company’s valuation methodologies are appropriate and consistent with other market participants, the use of different methodologies or assumptions to determine the fair value of certain financial instruments could result in a different estimate of fair value at the reporting date.

Securities available for sale and other investments. Securities classified as available for sale and other investments (included in “Other assets” on the Consolidated Balance Sheet) are generally reported at fair value utilizing Level 1 and Level 2 inputs. Investments in fixed income securities, exclusive of preferred stock and mortgage-backed securities, are valued based on evaluations provided by Interactive Data Corporation (“IDC”), a leading global provider of market data information. IDC evaluations represent an exit price or their opinion as to what a buyer would pay for a security, typically in an institutional round lot position in a current sale. IDC seeks to utilize market data and observations in its evaluation service, and gives priority to observable benchmark yields and reported trades. IDC utilizes evaluated pricing techniques that vary by asset class and incorporate available market information; because many fixed income securities do not trade on a daily basis, IDC applies available information through processes such as benchmark curves, benchmarking of similar securities, sector groupings and matrix pricing. Model processes such as option-adjusted spread models are used to value securities that have prepayment features. Substantially all securities available for sale evaluated in this manner are deemed to be Level 2 valuations.

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STERLING BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)

For mortgage-backed securities issued by U.S. government corporations and government sponsored enterprises, management considers dealer indicative bids in the valuation process. Indicative bids are estimates of value and do not necessarily represent the price at which the dealer would be willing to transact. Such bids are compared to IDC evaluated prices for reasonableness as well as consistency with observable market conditions. All mortgage-backed securities are deemed to be valued based on Level 2 inputs.

Publicly traded common and preferred stocks are valued by reference to the market closing price (last trade) on the measurement date (Level 1 inputs). In the unlikely event that no trade occurred on the measurement date, reference would be made to an indicative bid or the last trade most proximate to the measurement date (Level 2 inputs).

The following table summarizes financial assets measured at fair value on a recurring basis, segregated by the level of the valuation inputs within the fair value hierarchy utilized to measure fair value. There were no financial liabilities measured at fair value.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31, 2011

 

Level 1
Inputs

 

Level 2
Inputs

 

Level 3
Inputs

 

Total
Fair Value

 


 


 


 


 


 

Securities available for sale:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obligations of U.S. government corporations and government sponsored enterprises

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mortgage-backed securities

 

$

 

$

73,579

 

$

 

$

73,579

 

Agency notes

 

 

 

 

59,662

 

 

 

 

59,662

 

 

 



 



 



 



 

Total obligations of U.S. government corporations and government sponsored enterprises

 

 

 

 

133,241

 

 

 

 

133,241

 

Obligations of state and political institutions - New York Bank Qualified

 

 

 

 

28,672

 

 

 

 

28,672

 

Single-issuer, trust preferred securities

 

 

8,666

 

 

 

 

 

 

8,666

 

Corporate debt securities

 

 

 

 

238,659

 

 

 

 

238,659

 

Equity and other securities

 

 

4,926

 

 

 

 

 

 

4,926

 

 

 






 



 



 

Total marketable securities

 

$

13,592

 

$

400,572

 

$

 

$

414,164

 

 

 






 



 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other investments

 

$

11,445

 

$

8,686

 

$

 

$

20,131

 

 

 



 



 



 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 31, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Securities available for sale:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obligations of U.S. government corporations and government sponsored enterprises

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mortgage-backed securities

 

$

 

$

51,983

 

$

 

$

51,983

 

Agency notes

 

 

 

 

100,122

 

 

 

 

100,122

 

 

 



 



 



 



 

Total obligations of U.S. government corporations and government sponsored enterprises

 

 

 

 

152,105

 

 

 

 

152,105

 

Obligations of state and political institutions - New York Bank Qualified

 

 

 

 

40,044

 

 

 

 

40,044

 

Single-issuer, trust preferred securities

 

 

3,933

 

 

 

 

 

 

3,933

 

Corporate debt securities

 

 

 

 

189,058

 

 

 

 

189,058

 

Equity and other securities

 

 

4,940

 

 

 

 

 

 

4,940

 

 

 



 



 



 



 

Total marketable securities

 

$

8,873

 

$

381,207

 

$

 

$

390,080

 

 

 



 



 



 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other investments

 

$

11,838

 

$

6,760

 

$

 

$

18,598

 

 

 



 



 



 



 

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STERLING BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)

Certain financial assets, such as loans held for sale and collateral-dependent impaired loans are measured at fair value on a non-recurring basis; that is, the instruments are not measured at fair value on an ongoing basis but are subject to fair value adjustments in certain circumstances (for example, when there is evidence of impairment). The following table summarizes the period end fair value of financial assets, based on significant unobservable (Level 3) inputs, measured on a non-recurring basis:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31,
2011

 

December 31,
2010

 

 

 


 


 

Impaired loans

 

$

3,336

 

$

3,368

 

Other real estate owned, net

 

 

132

 

 

182

 

Loans held for sale

 

 

24,102

 

 

32,049

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Impaired loans. The fair value of impaired loans with specific allocations of the allowance for loan losses is generally based on either recent real estate appraisals or, for loans with modification agreements in place, discounted cash flow analyses. These appraisals may utilize a single valuation approach or a combination of approaches including comparable sales and the income approach. Adjustments are routinely made in the appraisal process by the appraisers to adjust for differences between the comparable sales and income data available. Such adjustments are usually significant and typically result in a Level 3 classification of the inputs for determining fair value.

Other real estate owned. Nonrecurring adjustments to certain residential real estate properties classified as other real estate owned (“OREO”) are measured at the lower of carrying amount or fair value, less costs to sell. Fair values are generally based on third-party appraisals of the property, resulting in a Level 3 classification. In cases where the carrying amount exceeds the fair value, less costs to sell, an impairment loss is recognized.

Loans held for sale. Loans held for sale are carried at the lower of cost or fair value, as determined by outstanding commitments, from third-party investors.

Impaired loans at fair value had a recorded investment of $4.5 million, net of a specific allocation of the allowance for loan losses of $1.2 million, at March 31, 2011. Two of the impaired loans are commercial real estate loans and one is a commercial and indutrial loan. The fair value of these loans is estimated using Level 3 inputs. For the first three months of 2011, the Company recognized charge-offs in the allowance for loan losses totaling $0.4 million.

Other real estate owned (comprised of foreclosed assets),which is measured at the lower of carrying or fair value less costs to sell, had a net carrying amount of $132 thousand, net of a valuation allowance of $-0- million at March 31, 2011. Certain of these assets, upon initial recognition, were re-measured and reported at fair value through a charge-off to the allowance for loan losses based upon the fair value of the foreclosed asset. The fair value of a foreclosed asset, upon initial recognition, is estimated using Level 2 inputs based on observable market data or Level 3 inputs based on customized discount criteria. For the three months ended March 31, 2011, the Company did not recognize any charge-offs in connection with the measurement and initial recognition of foreclosed assets; for the year ended December 31, 2010, the Company recognized $538 thousand. Other than foreclosed assets measured at fair value upon initial recognition, two properties were re-measured at fair value during the year ended December 31, 2010, resulting in a $233 thousand charge to noninterest expense.

Loans held for sale, are carried at $24.1 million, which is made up of the outstanding balance of $24.1 million, net of a valuation allowance of $-0- million at March 31, 2011.

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STERLING BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)

For those financial instruments that are not recorded at fair value in the Consolidated Balance Sheets, but are measured at fair value for disclosure purposes, management follows the same fair value measurement principles and guidance as for instruments recorded at fair value.

Much of the information used to arrive at “fair value” is highly subjective and judgmental in nature and therefore the results may not be precise. The subjective factors include, among other things, estimated cash flows, risk characteristics, credit quality and interest rates, all of which are subject to change. With the exception of investment securities and certain long-term debt, the Company’s financial instruments are not readily marketable and market prices do not exist. Since negotiated prices for the instruments that are not readily marketable depend greatly on the motivation of the buyer and seller, the amounts that will actually be realized or paid per settlement or maturity of these instruments could be significantly different.

In particular, fair value estimates are made at a point in time, based on relevant market data as well as the best information available about the financial instrument. Illiquid credit markets have resulted in inactive markets for certain of the Company’s financial instruments. As a result, there is no or limited observable market data for these assets and liabilities. Fair value estimates for financial instruments for which no or limited observable market data is available are based on our judgments regarding current economic conditions, liquidity discounts, currency, credit, and interest rate risks, loss experience and other factors, all of which are Level 3 inputs as discussed above. These estimates involve significant judgments and uncertainties and cannot be substantiated by comparison to quoted prices in active markets and cannot be determined with precision. As a result, such calculated fair value estimates may not be realizable in a current sale or immediate settlement of the instrument. In addition, there are inherent uncertainties in any fair value measurement technique, and changes in the underlying assumptions used in the fair value measurement technique, including discount rates, liquidity risks, and estimates of future cash flows, could significantly affect these fair value estimates.

A description of the methods, factors and significant assumptions utilized in estimating the fair values for significant categories of financial instruments follows:

Financial Instruments with Carrying Amounts Equal to Fair Value
The carrying amounts for cash and due from banks, interest-bearing deposits with other banks, customers’ liability under acceptances, accrued interest receivable, Federal funds purchased, securities sold under agreements to repurchase, commercial paper, other short-term borrowings, acceptances outstanding, and accrued interest payable, as a result of their short-term nature, are considered to approximate fair value.

Investment Securities
The methods, factors and significant assumptions used to estimate fair values of all securities are described more fully beginning on page 32.

Loans Held in Portfolio
The fair value of loans held in portfolio which reprice within 90 days reflecting changes in the base rate approximate their carrying amount. For other loans held in portfolio, the fair value is calculated based on discounted cash flow analyses, using interest rates currently being offered for loans with similar terms to borrowers of similar credit quality and for similar maturities. These calculations have been adjusted for credit risk based on the Company’s historical credit loss experience.

The fair value for secured nonaccrual loans is the value of the underlying collateral which is sufficient to repay each loan. For other nonaccrual loans, the fair value represents book value less a credit risk adjustment based on the Company’s historical credit loss experience.

Deposits
FASB Codification Topic 825: Financial Instruments requires that the fair value of demand, savings, NOW (negotiable order of withdrawal) and certain money market deposits be equal to their carrying amount. The Company believes that the fair value of these deposits, including the value of deposit relationships, is greater than that prescribed by FASB Codification Topic 825. For other types of deposits with fixed maturities, fair value has been estimated based upon interest rates currently being offered on deposits with similar characteristics and maturities.

Advances—FHLB and Long-Term Borrowings
For advances—FHLB and long-term borrowings, the fair value is calculated based on discounted cash flow analyses, using interest rates currently being quoted for debt with similar characteristics and maturities.

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STERLING BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)

Commitments to Extend Credit, Standby Letters of Credit and Financial Guarantees
The fees received for the issuance of commitments to extend credit, standby letters of credit, and financial guarantees, are considered to approximate fair value. Due to the uncertainty involved in attempting to assess the likelihood and timing of a commitment being drawn upon, coupled with lack of an established market and the wide diversity of fee structures, the Company does not believe it is meaningful to provide an estimate of fair value that differs from the amount of consideration received.

The following is a summary of the carrying amounts and fair values of the Company’s financial assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31, 2011

 

December 31, 2010

 

 

 


 


 

 

 

Carrying
Amount

 

Fair
Value

 

Carrying
Amount

 

Fair
Value

 

 

 


 


 


 


 

FINANCIAL ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and due from banks

 

$

35,981

 

$

35,981

 

$

26,824

 

$

26,824

 

Interest-bearing deposits with other banks

 

 

7,932

 

 

7,932

 

 

40,503

 

 

40,503

 

Investment securities

 

 

872,445

 

 

876,462

 

 

789,315

 

 

790,533

 

Loans held for sale

 

 

24,102

 

 

24,102

 

 

32,049

 

 

32,049

 

Loans held in portfolio, net

 

 

1,270,609

 

 

1,278,829

 

 

1,295,996

 

 

1,300,624

 

Customers’ liability under acceptances

 

 

228

 

 

228

 

 

 

 

 

Accrued interest receivable

 

 

9,296

 

 

9,296

 

 

8,280

 

 

8,280

 

FINANCIAL LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Demand, NOW, savings and money market deposits

 

 

1,110,916

 

 

1,110,916

 

 

1,132,497

 

 

1,132,497

 

Time deposits

 

 

617,169

 

 

618,976

 

 

615,267

 

 

617,096

 

Securities sold under agreements to repurchase

 

 

26,107

 

 

26,107

 

 

28,016

 

 

28,016

 

Federal funds purchased

 

 

60,000

 

 

60,000

 

 

15,000

 

 

15,000

 

Commercial paper

 

 

15,391

 

 

15,391

 

 

14,388

 

 

14,388

 

Other short-term borrowings

 

 

4,525

 

 

4,525

 

 

3,490

 

 

3,490

 

Acceptances outstanding

 

 

228

 

 

228

 

 

 

 

 

Accrued interest payable

 

 

1,145

 

 

1,145

 

 

1,314

 

 

1,314

 

Advances-FHLB and long-term borrowings

 

 

154,589

 

 

146,944

 

 

169,947

 

 

173,110

 

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STERLING BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARIES
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)

Note 12. New Accounting Standards

Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2010-06, “Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures (Topic 820)- Improving Disclosures About Fair Value Measurements.” ASU 2010-06 requires expanded disclosures related to fair value measurements including (i) the amounts of significant transfers of assets or liabilities between Levels 1 and 2 of the fair value hierarchy and the reasons for the transfers, (ii) the reasons for transfers of assets or liabilities in or out of Level 3 of the fair value hierarchy, with significant transfers disclosed separately, (iii) the policy for determining when transfers between levels of the fair value hierarchy are recognized and (iv) for recurring fair value measurements of assets and liabilities in Level 3 of the fair value hierarchy, a gross presentation of information about purchased, sales, issuances and settlements. ASU 2010-06 further clarifies that (i) fair value measurement disclosures should be provided for each class and liabilities (rather major category), which would generally be a subject of assets or liabilities within a line in statement of financial position and (ii) companies should provide disclosures about the valuation techniques and inputs used to measure fair value for both recurring and nonrecurring fair value measurements for each class of assets and liabilities included in Levels 2 and 3 of the fair value hierarchy. The disclosures related to the gross presentation of purchased, sales, issuances and settlements of assets and liabilities included in Level 3 of the fair value hierarchy were required for the Company beginning January 1, 2011. Th