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Sterling Bancorp, Inc Class Action Lawsuit

Case Summary

Company Name
Sterling Bancorp, Inc
Stock Symbol
SBT
Class Period
November 17, 2017 to December 8, 2019, including purchasers pursuant to the Company’s November 17, 2017 initial public offering
Court
Eastern District of Michigan

On February 26, 2020, the Sterling Bancorp, Inc. securities class action lawsuit was filed charging Sterling Bancorp, certain of its officers and directors, and the underwriters of Sterling Bancorp’s November 17, 2017 initial public offering (“IPO”) with violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and/or the Securities Act of 1933.  The Sterling Bancorp securities class action lawsuit was commenced in the Eastern District of Michigan on behalf of purchasers of Sterling Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:SBT) common stock between November 17, 2017 and December 8, 2019 (the “Class Period”), including purchasers pursuant to Sterling Bancorp’s IPO and is captioned Oklahoma Police Pension and Retirement System v. Sterling Bancorp, Inc., No. 20-cv-10490.

Sterling Bancorp is the unitary thrift holding company of Sterling Bank and Trust.  Sterling Bancorp specializes in residential mortgages but offers a broad suite of products to the residential and commercial markets as well as retail banking services.  Sterling Bancorp’s largest lending product is its Advantage Loan program, which is responsible for a majority of Sterling Bancorp’s loans.

On October 19, 2017, Sterling Bancorp filed a Registration Statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with its IPO.  The Registration Statement (including amendments) was declared effective on November 16, 2017, and on November 17, 2017, Sterling Bancorp filed the Prospectus for the IPO and commenced selling a total of 17.25 million shares of common stock at $12 per share, including the exercise of the underwriters’ overallotment.  The IPO was completed on December 4, 2017 for total gross proceeds of $207 million.

The Sterling Bancorp securities class action lawsuit alleges that, throughout the Class Period and in the offering documents for the IPO, defendants made untrue statements of material fact or omitted other facts necessary to make the statements made not misleading and failed to disclose material facts concerning, inter alia, Sterling Bancorp’s loan underwriting, risk management and internal controls, including repeatedly touting its strict underwriting, asset quality, and the Advantage Loan program.  As a result of defendants’ false statements and/or omissions, the price of Sterling Bancorp common stock was artificially inflated to more than $14.50 per share during the Class Period.

Then on December 9, 2019, Sterling Bancorp disclosed that it had “voluntarily and temporarily suspended its Advantage Loan program in connection with an ongoing internal review of the program’s documentation procedures.”  According to Sterling Bancorp, “[m]anagement believes it is prudent to temporarily halt the program as it continues to audit documentation on past loans and puts in place additional systems and controls to ensure the Bank’s policies and procedures are followed on loans originated under the program.”  On this news, the price of Sterling Bancorp common stock fell $2.16 per share to close at $7.29 per share, a one-day decline of more than 22% and a decline of nearly 40% from the stock’s IPO price.

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Class Period: November 17, 2017 - December 8, 2019, including purchasers pursuant to the Company’s November 17, 2017 initial public offering
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