New York Group Bancorp, Winner in Final Yr’s Disaster, Takes a Hit

Lower than a yr in the past, New York Group Bancorp appeared like one of many large beneficiaries of a disaster amongst its friends when it swooped in to take over a lot of the property of ailing Signature Financial institution and catapulted to over $100 billion in property.

The price of that call reverberated on Wednesday when the financial institution, which has 420 branches, posted a $252 million loss in its newest quarter, slashed its dividend and put aside a major quantity of reserves to cowl any future losses. Its inventory plummeted 38 p.c to a 25-year low, dragging down shares of different regional banks 6 p.c on common.

New York Group Bancorp tried to place a courageous face on the information — an accompanying launch included the headline “Report Outcomes for 2023,” true inasmuch because the financial institution is now a lot bigger than earlier than the Signature acquisition — however analysts and buyers shortly zeroed within the weaknesses.

It was an uneasy reminder of final March’s tumult, when issues at Silicon Valley Financial institution spilled over into the trade, felling amongst others Signature, a financial institution recognized for its actual property, authorized and cryptocurrency lending. New York Group Bancorp purchased a lot of Signature out of federal receivership.

A few of New York Group Bancorp’s issues are of its personal making, whereas others replicate its absorption of Signature. The financial institution’s executives mentioned they must sock away more cash for losses in loans in industrial actual property, partly due to a souring funding atmosphere for workplace area. (One government mentioned there was “no actual property exercise occurring proper now.”)

The financial institution didn’t reply to a request for remark.

As analysts peppered the financial institution’s executives on their often scheduled name to evaluate outcomes, the questioning turned unusually sharp. Steven Alexopoulos of J.P. Morgan requested why the financial institution wouldn’t disclose extra particulars on the impact on its future profitability.

“Why not give us the quantity?” Mr. Alexopoulos requested. “Your inventory is at a 25-year low. I can’t think about you’re proud of this.” He added, “I don’t know why you wouldn’t take this chance to level-set expectations.”

Executives declined to specify, many times tying their malaise to laws that pressure banks with greater than $100 billion in property to carry more cash in reserve than smaller lenders, as New York Group Bancorp was earlier. On the dividend minimize, the financial institution’s president, Thomas R. Cangemi, mentioned, “There’s no query that this was a tough resolution as a agency, however clearly mandatory.”

One vital distinction between final yr’s disaster and what’s befalling New York Group Bancorp: The financial institution’s deposits seem like comparatively steady. Deposits slipped 2 p.c within the fourth quarter to $81.4 billion.

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