NYCB Stock Rises 5.91% After Announcing $5 Billion Loan Sale to JPMorgan Chase

New York Community Bancorp (NYCB) shares rose nearly 5.91% in premarket trading on Wednesday following the announcement of an agreement to sell a $5 billion mortgage warehouse loan portfolio to JPMorgan Chase.

This deal, announced late Tuesday, will enhance NYCB’s liquidity, allowing the bank to invest the sale proceeds in cash and securities.

Earlier in May, NYCB unveiled a turnaround plan aimed at returning to profitability within two years, including a strategy to reduce its balance sheet by divesting non-core assets.

Jefferies analysts noted that this loan sale aligns with the new management’s plans discussed during the first-quarter earnings call, marking a crucial step in restoring credibility and improving profitability.

As of March 31, warehouse loans, used by lenders to provide mortgages, represented 6% ($5.2 billion) of NYCB’s total loans, which were valued at $82.3 billion.

NYCB has committed to reducing its exposure to the commercial real estate (CRE) sector from nearly $47 billion at the end of March to around $30 billion. The CRE sector has been challenged by higher borrowing costs and lower occupancy rates.

Analysts and investors anticipate that NYCB will need to offer significant discounts to attract buyers for its loans and diversify its revenue sources to stabilize its finances.

Raymond James brokerage reaffirmed its “underperform” rating on NYCB’s stock following the loan sale, citing that the aggressive underwriting of multi-family and CRE loans will take a long time to resolve, particularly if interest rates continue to rise.

Since January, NYCB’s market value has plummeted, erasing billions, a trend exacerbated by broader concerns about the banking sector’s health following the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank.

NYCB’s stock was trading at $4.12 before the market opened on Wednesday, reflecting a 61% decline year-to-date.

In March, NYCB received a $1 billion investment from a consortium led by Liberty Strategic Capital, headed by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

NYCB anticipates the loan sale to be completed in the third quarter but has not disclosed the deal’s value.


Meanwhile, JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon has called on the U.S. to reduce the budget deficit promptly, cautioning that delaying action could lead to significantly more discomfort in the future.

Household debt in the U.S. has reached a record high of $17.69 trillion, while Treasuries are generating an extraordinary $2 million per minute.

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