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Signature Bank Provides Status Update on Positive Loan Deferral Trends

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Signature Bank (Nasdaq: SBNY), a New York-based full-service commercial bank, announced today a status update on loan deferrals within its $45.5 billion portfolio. The Bank is seeing positive trends as an increasing number of loans exit deferment.

As of September 15, 2020, 69 percent of the first round of loan deferrals have returned to regular payment status. Principal and Interest (P&I) deferrals significantly decreased to $2.6 billion or 5.8 percent of the Bank’s total loan portfolio. Furthermore, an additional two percent of the loan book is currently comprised of modified interest-only payments. The substantial decrease is a result of the Bank’s abilities to work closely with its clients toward reasonable resolutions.

“We are encouraged by the positive trends we are seeing across our loan portfolio as a number of loans have resumed regular payment status. At the onset of COVID-19, Signature Bank was accommodative to our clients and fairly liberal with regard to forbearance in our first round of deferrals, given the unprecedented nature of the pandemic. The experienced, multigenerational nature of our client base, coupled with the resiliency of the metropolitan New York marketplace, have enabled them to weather the storm and resume their payments,” said Joseph J. DePaolo, Signature Bank President and Chief Executive Officer.

“As a client-centric bank, we have always been focused – first and foremost – on meeting the needs of our borrowers through highly personalized service and care. These extraordinary times are no exception to our commitment to our clients as we remain prudent in assisting them in whatever ways feasible to help them succeed,” DePaolo concluded.

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Signature Bank reported total loan modifications due to COVID-19 of $9.24 billion or 20 percent, as of July 31, 2020, in its latest Form 10-Q.

About Signature Bank

Signature Bank, member FDIC, is a New York-based full-service commercial bank with 35 private client offices throughout the New York metropolitan area including Connecticut as well as in California and Charlotte, N.C. The Bank’s growing network of private client banking teams serves the needs of privately owned businesses, their owners and senior managers.

Signature Bank’s specialty finance subsidiary, Signature Financial, LLC, provides equipment finance and leasing. Signature Securities Group Corporation, a wholly owned Bank subsidiary, is a licensed broker-dealer, investment adviser and member FINRA/SIPC, offering investment, brokerage, asset management and insurance products and services.

Signature Bank’s revolutionary blockchain-based digital payments platform, Signet™, allows the Bank’s commercial clients to make real-time payments in U.S. dollars, 24/7/365, safely and securely, without transaction fees. Signature Bank is the first FDIC-insured bank to launch a blockchain-based digital payments platform, and Signet is the first such platform to be approved for use by the NYS Department of Financial Services.

Since commencing operations in May 2001, the Bank has grown to $60.35 billion in assets, $45.49 billion in loans, $50.23 billion in deposits, $4.86 billion in equity capital and $3.66 billion in other assets under management as of June 30, 2020. Signature Bank’s Tier 1 and risk-based capital ratios are above the levels required to be considered well capitalized.

Signature Bank is one of the top 40 largest banks in the U.S., based on deposits (S&P Global Market Intelligence). The Bank recently earned several third-party recognitions, including: appeared on Forbes’ Best Banks in America list for the 10th consecutive year in 2020; and, named number one in the Business Bank, Private Bank and Business Escrow Services categories by the New York Law Journal in the publication’s annual “Best of” survey for 2019, earning it a place in its Hall of Fame (awarded to companies that have ranked in the “Best of” survey for at least three of the past four years). The Bank also ranked second nationally in the Business Bank, Private Banking Services and Business Escrow Service categories of both the 2019 and 2020 National Law Journal’s “Best of” survey.

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