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NEW YORK COMMUNITY BANCORP, INC. ANNOUNCES OVER $1 BILLION EQUITY INVESTMENT ANCHORED BY FORMER U.S. TREASURY SECRETARY STEVEN MNUCHIN'S LIBERTY STRATEGIC CAPITAL, HUDSON BAY AND REVERENCE CAPITAL

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NYCB announces over $1 billion investment from Liberty Strategic Capital, Hudson Bay Capital, Reverence Capital, and others. Former Secretary Mnuchin and Joseph Otting to join the Board, with Otting becoming CEO. Transaction to create a $100+ billion national bank with a strong balance sheet and diversified business model.
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  • Over $1 billion investment from Liberty, Hudson Bay, Reverence, and others.
  • Former Secretary Mnuchin and Joseph Otting to join NYCB's Board.
  • Joseph Otting to become CEO, Sandro DiNello named Non-Executive Chairman.
  • Transaction to create a well-capitalized $100+ billion national bank.
  • Strong balance sheet and liquidity position with a diversified deposit base.
  • Equity capital raise through sale of common and convertible preferred stock.
  • Transaction expected to close on or around March 11, 2024.
  • Jefferies LLC as exclusive financial advisor and placement agent to NYCB.
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Former Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Joseph Otting, Allen Puwalski and Milton Berlinski to Join NYCB Board of Directors

Joseph Otting to Become CEO and Alessandro DiNello to be Named as Non-Executive Chairman

Investment is Strong Endorsement of New Management Team; Creates Strong Balance Sheet

Reconstituted Board and Management Team Positioned to Deliver Well Capitalized $100+ Billion National Bank with a Diversified, De-Risked Business Model 

HICKSVILLE, N.Y., March 6, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- New York Community Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE: NYCB) ("NYCB" or the "Company") today announced that Liberty Strategic Capital ("Liberty"), Hudson Bay Capital ("Hudson Bay"), Reverence Capital Partners ("Reverence Capital"), Citadel Securities ("Citadel"), other institutional investors and certain members of the Company's management (collectively, the "Investors") will make a combined over $1 billion investment in the Company, subject to finalization of definitive documentation and receipt of applicable regulatory approvals. Liberty is expected to invest $450 million, Hudson Bay will invest $250 million, and Reverence will invest $200 million as part of the transaction.  

In connection with the transaction, the Company will add four new directors to its Board, including Steven Mnuchin, the 77th Secretary of the Treasury, Joseph Otting, former Comptroller of the Currency, Allen Puwalski from Hudson Bay, and Milton Berlinski, Managing Partner of Reverence Capital.

In addition, Mr. Otting will become Chief Executive Officer and Mr. DiNello will be named as Non-Executive Chairman, providing his strong banking knowledge in support of Mr. Otting and the Board. Mr. Otting served as the 31st Comptroller of the Currency and has had a long, distinguished career in banking including, having served as CEO of OneWest Bank from 2010 to 2015 and as Acting Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency in 2018.

Secretary Steven Mnuchin stated, "In evaluating this investment, we were mindful of the Bank's credit risk profile. With the over $1 billion of capital invested in the Bank, we believe we now have sufficient capital should reserves need to be increased in the future to be consistent with or above the coverage ratio of NYCB's large bank peers."

Non-Executive Chairman Sandro DiNello stated, "We welcome the approach that Liberty and its partners took in its evaluation of the Bank and look forward to incorporating their insights going forward. The strategic investment involving former Secretary Steven Mnuchin, former Comptroller Joseph Otting and Milton Berlinski, along with the other institutional investors is a positive endorsement of the turnaround that is underway and allows us to execute on our strategy from a position of strength. We enter this next chapter with a strong balance sheet and liquidity position supported by a diversified and retail focused deposit base. Our new leadership team, with the support of the reconstituted Board, will continue to take the actions that are necessary to improve earnings, profitability and drive enhanced value for shareholders."

Secretary Mnuchin stated, "We decided to make this investment because we believe Sandro, alongside new management, has taken the appropriate actions to stabilize the Company and to position NYCB to become a best-in-class $100+ billion national bank with a diversified and de-risked business model that supports long term profitability. We are delighted that former Comptroller Otting will be NYCB's new CEO and believe that the actions taken by NYCB establish a strong foundation for future growth through our new relationship with other new Board members and investors. We are confident that NYCB is poised to generate sustainable shareholder value."

Mr. Berlinski added, "We are excited to be investing behind this management team with such a strong investor group and believe NYCB has a great opportunity to reposition the company and return to growth. NYCB franchise is well positioned for continued success with the addition of former Comptroller Otting." 

As part of the reconstitution, the Board will be reduced to nine members and will include Secretary Mnuchin, Mr. Otting, Mr. Puwalski, Mr. Berlinski, Mr. DiNello, Marshall Lux, Peter Schoels, Jennifer Whip and David Treadwell.

Transaction Details

In connection with the equity capital raise transaction, NYCB will sell and issue, in the aggregate, to the Investors shares of common stock of the Company at a price per share of $2.00 and a series of convertible preferred stock with a conversion price of $2.00, for an aggregate investment amount of $1.05 billion. In addition, investors will receive 60% warrant coverage to purchase non-voting, common-equivalent stock with an exercise price of $2.50 per share, a 25% premium to the price paid on common stock. 

Holders of the preferred stock will not have voting rights and will be entitled to quarterly non-cumulative cash dividends, as and if declared by the Board. Each share of preferred stock is convertible into common stock on a 1 preferred share – 1,000 common shares basis. Series B preferred stock will automatically convert upon certain transfers permitted by federal banking regulations and stockholder approval of a charter amendment to increase the Company's authorized common stock, while Series C preferred stock will automatically convert upon the achievement of certain trigger events related to receipt of antitrust clearance under the Hart Scott Rodino Act and the charter amendment. The Company will provide customary shelf and piggyback registration rights to each of the Investors. Additionally, Liberty will also have the ability to request an underwritten shelf take-down and block trade rights.

Timing and Approvals

The transaction is expected to close on or around Monday, March 11, 2024, subject to the satisfaction of certain closing conditions, receipt of any regulatory approvals required in connection with the new roles of Mr. Otting and Mr. DiNello, and the filing of a supplemental listing application required to authorize for listing on the New York Stock Exchange the shares of common stock issued under each investment agreement and to be issued upon the conversion of shares of the preferred stock issued under the investment agreements.

Advisors

Jefferies LLC is acting as exclusive financial advisor and sole placement agent to NYCB. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is serving as legal counsel to NYCB. Sullivan & Cromwell LLP is serving as legal counsel to Liberty Strategic Capital.

About New York Community Bancorp, Inc.

New York Community Bancorp, Inc. is the parent company of Flagstar Bank, N.A., one of the largest regional banks in the country. The Company is headquartered in Hicksville, New York. At December 31, 2023, the Company had $113.9 billion of assets, $85.8 billion of loans, deposits of $81.4 billion, and total stockholders' equity of $8.4 billion.

Flagstar Bank, N.A. operates 420 branches, including strong footholds in the Northeast and Midwest and exposure to high growth markets in the Southeast and West Coast. Flagstar Mortgage operates nationally through a wholesale network of approximately 3,000 third-party mortgage originators. In addition, the Bank has 134 private banking teams located in over ten cities in the metropolitan New York City region and on the West Coast, which serve the needs of high-net worth individuals and their businesses.

New York Community Bancorp, Inc. has market-leading positions in several national businesses, including multi-family lending, mortgage origination and servicing, and warehouse lending. Flagstar Mortgage is the seventh largest bank originator of residential mortgages for the 12-months ending December 31, 2023, while we are the industry's fifth largest sub-servicer of mortgage loans nationwide, servicing 1.4 million accounts with $382 billion in unpaid principal balances. Additionally, the Company is the second largest mortgage warehouse lender nationally based on total commitments.

About Liberty Strategic Capital

Liberty Strategic Capital is a Washington, D.C.-based private equity firm focused on strategic investments in technology, financial services and fintech, and new forms of content. The firm was founded in 2021 and is led by Steven T. Mnuchin, the 77th Secretary of the Treasury. Our leadership team combines decades of public service and private sector experience, creating unique insight into the intersection of capital, technology, and government regulation.

About Hudson Bay

Hudson Bay Capital is a multi-billion-dollar global investment management firm operating in Greenwich, New York, Miami, Boston, London and Dubai. Hudson Bay Capital's team seeks to achieve outstanding performance by uncovering market inefficiencies and undervalued investment opportunities that are uncorrelated to each other and to market indices while maintaining a focus on risk management and capital preservation. The firm's scalable, repeatable investment process has generated consistent, risk-adjusted returns through varying market conditions. Hudson Bay Capital has been managing assets on behalf of pension plans, sovereign wealth funds, endowments, foundations, high net worth individuals and families since 2006. 

About Reverence Capital

Reverence Capital Partners is a private investment firm focused on three complementary strategies: (i) Financial Services-Focused Private Equity, (ii) Opportunistic, Structured Credit, and (iii) Real Estate Solutions.  Today, Reverence manages in excess of $8 billion in AUM. Reverence focuses on thematic investing in leading global Financial Services businesses. The firm was founded in 2013, by Milton Berlinski, Peter Aberg and Alex Chulack, after distinguished careers advising and investing in a broad array of financial services businesses. The Partners collectively bring over 100 years of advisory and investing experience across a wide range of Financial Services sectors.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release may include forward–looking statements by the Company pertaining to such matters as our goals, intentions, and expectations regarding revenues, earnings, loan production, asset quality, capital levels, and acquisitions, among other matters; our estimates of future costs and benefits of the actions we may take; our assessments of probable losses on loans; our assessments of interest rate and other market risks; and our ability to achieve our financial and other strategic goals, including those related to our merger with Flagstar Bancorp, Inc., which was completed on December 1, 2022, the Signature Transaction, and our transition to a $100 billion plus bank.

Forward–looking statements are typically identified by such words as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "outlook," "estimate," "forecast," "project," "should," and other similar words and expressions, and are subject to numerous assumptions, risks, and uncertainties, which change over time. Additionally, forward–looking statements speak only as of the date they are made; the Company does not assume any duty, and does not undertake, to update our forward–looking statements. Furthermore, because forward–looking statements are subject to assumptions and uncertainties, actual results or future events could differ, possibly materially, from those anticipated in our statements, and our future performance could differ materially from our historical results.

Our forward–looking statements are subject to the following principal risks and uncertainties: general economic conditions and trends, either nationally or locally; conditions in the securities markets; changes in interest rates; changes in deposit flows, and in the demand for deposit, loan, and investment products and other financial services; changes in real estate values; changes in the quality or composition of our loan or investment portfolios; changes in future allowance for credit losses requirements under relevant accounting and regulatory requirements; the ability to pay future dividends at currently expected rates; changes in our capital management and balance sheet strategies and our ability to successfully implement such strategies; changes in competitive pressures among financial institutions or from non–financial institutions; changes in legislation, regulations, and policies; the success of our blockchain and fintech activities, investments and strategic partnerships; the restructuring of our mortgage business; the impact of failures or disruptions in or breaches of the Company's operational or security systems, data or infrastructure, or those of third parties, including as a result of cyberattacks or campaigns; the impact of natural disasters, extreme weather events, military conflict (including the Russia/Ukraine conflict, the conflict in Israel and surrounding areas, the possible expansion of such conflicts and potential geopolitical consequences), terrorism or other geopolitical events; and a variety of other matters which, by their nature, are subject to significant uncertainties and/or are beyond our control. Our forward-looking statements are also subject to the following principal risks and uncertainties with respect to our merger with Flagstar Bancorp, which was completed on December 1, 2022, and the Signature Transaction; the possibility that the anticipated benefits of the transactions will not be realized when expected or at all; the possibility of increased legal and compliance costs, including with respect to any litigation or regulatory actions related to the business practices of acquired companies or the combined business; diversion of management's attention from ongoing business operations and opportunities; the possibility that the Company may be unable to achieve expected synergies and operating efficiencies in or as a result of the transactions within the expected timeframes or at all; and revenues following the transactions may be lower than expected. Additionally, there can be no assurance that the Community Benefits Agreement entered into with NCRC, which was contingent upon the closing of the Company's merger with Flagstar Bancorp, Inc., will achieve the results or outcome originally expected or anticipated by us as a result of changes to our business strategy, performance of the U.S. economy, or changes to the laws and regulations affecting us, our customers, communities we serve, and the U.S. economy (including, but not limited to, tax laws and regulations).

More information regarding some of these factors is provided in the Risk Factors section of our Annual Report on Form 10–K for the year ended December 31, 2022, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2023, June 30, 2023, and September 30, 2023 and in other SEC reports we file. Our forward–looking statements may also be subject to other risks and uncertainties, including those we may discuss in this Amendment, during investor presentations, or in our other SEC filings, which are accessible on our website and at the SEC's website, www.sec.gov.

Important Information and Where You Can Find It

This press release may be deemed to be solicitation material in respect of a charter amendment. In connection with the requisite stockholder approval, NYCB will file with the SEC a preliminary proxy statement and a definitive proxy statement, which will be sent to the stockholders of NYCB, seeking certain approvals related to the issuances of shares of common stock issued under each investment agreement and to be issued upon the conversion of shares of the preferred stock issued under the investment agreements.

INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF NYCB AND THEIR RESPECTIVE AFFILIATES ARE URGED TO READ, WHEN AVAILABLE, THE PROXY STATEMENT AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED OR TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC IN CONNECTION WITH THE TRANSACTION, AS WELL AS ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS TO THOSE DOCUMENTS, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT NYCB AND THE TRANSACTION. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain a free copy of the proxy statement, as well as other relevant documents filed with the SEC containing information about NYCB, without charge, at the SEC's website (http://www.sec.gov). Copies of documents filed with the SEC by NYCB can also be obtained, without charge, by directing a request to Investor Relations, New York Community Bancorp, Inc., 102 Duffy Avenue, Hicksville, New York 11801 or by telephone (516-683-4420).

Participants in the Solicitation of Proxies in Connection with Proposed Transaction

NYCB and certain of their respective directors, executive officers and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the requisite stockholder approvals under the rules of the SEC. Information regarding NYCB's directors and executive officers is available in its definitive proxy statement for its 2023 annual stockholders meeting, which was filed with the SEC on April 21, 2023, and certain of its Current Reports on Form 8-K. Other information regarding the participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the proposed transaction and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be contained in the proxy statement and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC. Free copies of these documents, when available, may be obtained as described in the preceding paragraph.

Not an Offer of Securities

The information in this communication is for informational purposes only and shall not constitute, or form a part of, an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities.  The securities that are the subject of the private placement have not been registered under the Securities Act and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements.

Investor Contact: 

Salvatore J. DiMartino
(516) 683-4286

Media Contact:    

Steven Bodakowski
(248) 312-5872

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FAQ

Who are the investors making the combined over $1 billion investment in NYCB?

The investors making the combined over $1 billion investment in NYCB include Liberty Strategic Capital, Hudson Bay Capital, Reverence Capital, Citadel Securities, other institutional investors, and certain members of the Company's management.

Who are the new directors joining NYCB's Board?

The new directors joining NYCB's Board include Steven Mnuchin, Joseph Otting, Allen Puwalski, and Milton Berlinski.

Who will become the new CEO of NYCB?

Joseph Otting will become the new CEO of NYCB.

What is the expected investment amount from Liberty, Hudson Bay, and Reverence in the transaction?

Liberty is expected to invest $450 million, Hudson Bay will invest $250 million, and Reverence will invest $200 million as part of the transaction.

When is the transaction expected to close?

The transaction is expected to close on or around Monday, March 11, 2024.

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