Jan 3 - Flagstar Bancorp Inc. (NYSE: FBC), the holding company for Flagstar Bank, FSB in Troy, Mich., has announced that, effective Dec. 31, 2012, the bank entered into a definitive transaction purchase and sale agreement under which a wholly owned subsidiary of CIT Bank, the U.S. commercial bank subsidiary of CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT), will acquire a substantial portion of Flagstar's Northeast-based commercial loan portfolio.
Under the terms of the agreement, CIT will acquire $1.264 billion in commercial loan commitments, $785 million of which is currently outstanding. The loans sold consist primarily of asset-based loans, equipment leases and commercial real estate loans. Flagstar expects that the total purchase price will be approximately $779 million and that a vast majority of the assets will be sold during the first quarter of 2013. The sale is expected to be capital accretive to the bank.
"This transaction is another step in renewing Flagstar's focus on our community banking operation in Michigan and our national mortgage business," said Michael Tierney, president and CEO of the company. "Flagstar is the largest bank headquartered in Michigan, and we are focused on being a best-in-class national mortgage lender and leading super-community bank. We remain deeply committed to improving the quality of our earnings within a disciplined lending framework, and today's transaction helps us decrease our risk profile while improving our balance sheet flexibility."
Tierney continued, "I want to thank all of the Flagstar employees who have contributed to the success of our commercial lending business in the Northeast. Today's transaction is a testament to our team's work in providing high-quality loans, and we are greatly appreciative of their efforts as we enter a new phase of Flagstar's development with a renewed Michigan focus."
Sandler O'Neill Mortgage Finance L.P., an affiliate of Sandler O'Neill +Partners, L.P., is acting as exclusive financial adviser and agent to Flagstar in connection with the asset sale. Bracewell & Giuliani and Nutter, McClennen & Fish are serving as legal advisers to Flagstar.
Flagstar Bancorp Inc. is the holding company for Flagstar Bank, a full-service financial institution offering a range of products and services to consumers, businesses and homeowners. With $14.9 billion in total assets at Sept. 30, 2012, Flagstar is the largest publicly held savings bank headquartered in the Midwest. As of Sept. 30, 2012, Flagstar operated 111 branches in Michigan, 31 home loan centers in 14 states, and a total of four commercial banking offices in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Flagstar originates loans nationwide and is one of the leading originators of residential first mortgage loans. For more information, please visit www.flagstar.com.