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OCC Approves NYCB/Flagstar Merger

New York Community Bancorp and Flagstar Bancorp have been approved by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) to convert Flagstar Bank FSB to a national bank to be known as Flagstar Bank N.A., and to merge New York Community Bank into Flagstar Bank N.A. with Flagstar Bank N.A. being the surviving entity. NYCB's acquisition of Flagstar remains subject to the approval of the Federal Reserve Board, as well as to the satisfaction of certain other customary closing conditions under the merger agreement between the two companies.

The OCC approval is subject to a statutory waiting period that provides that the bank merger cannot be consummated until the 15th day after the date of the OCC approval, which in this case, is November 11, 2022. Approval by the Federal Reserve Board is not expected to have any associated waiting period. NYCB and Flagstar intend to consummate the holding company and bank mergers promptly after the end of the OCC waiting period and the receipt of approval from the FRB.

Once approved and closed, the combined NYCB and Flagstar will operate 395 branches across nine states, including strong footholds in the Northeast and the Midwest with exposure to high growth markets in the Southeast and West Coast. Through its Mortgage Division, the company will operate nationally through 81 retail lending offices in 26 states, and a wholesale network of approximately 3,000 third-party originators. It will have its headquarters based on Long Island, N.Y., with regional headquarters in Troy, Michigan, including Flagstar's mortgage business.

It has been reported that Thomas R. Cangemi—current Chairman, President, and CEO of NYCB—will serve as President and CEO of the combined company, and Sandro DiNello, current President and CEO of Flagstar—will become Non-Executive Chairman of the combined company, with John Pinto serving as Senior EVP and CFO of the combined company. Lee M. Smith will continue to lead the Mortgage Division as Senior EVP and President of Mortgage, and Reginald Davis will head up consumer and commercial banking, and serve as Senior EVP and President of Banking. The remaining key roles will combine the best talent from both companies. The Board of Directors will be comprised of 12 directors–eight from NYCB, and four from Flagstar.

Cangemi, current Chairman, President, and CEO of NYCB, was appointed President and CEO December 31, 2020, and was named Chairman March 26, 2021. Prior to this, Cangemi served as Senior EVP and CFO of the company and the bank since April 5, 2005. He joined the company on July 31, 2001 as EVP and Director of the Capital Markets Group, and was named Senior EVP on October 31, 2003.

Prior to joining NYCB, Cangemi was EVP, CFO, and Treasurer of both Richmond County Financial Corporation and Richmond County Savings Bank. Before joining Richmond County in 1997, Cangemi served as SVP, CFO, and Corporate Secretary of Continental Bank, a commercial bank based in Garden City, New York and, previously, as Director of Corporate SEC Reporting for an electronics corporation in Boca Raton, Florida. From 1993-1996, Cangemi was VP and CFO of Sunrise Bancorp, a publicly traded thrift headquartered on Long Island. Previously, Cangemi was a member of the SEC Professional Practice Group of KPMG Peat Marwick, serving financial institutions.

In addition to OCC approval, NYCB and Flagstar announced that they have mutually agreed to extend their merger agreement from October 31, 2022 to December 31, 2022. The consideration and exchange ratio as provided in the merger agreement will remain the same. The extension, which has been approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies, will provide additional time to obtain regulatory approval from the FRB, in order to allow the transaction to be consummated.

About Author: Eric C. Peck

Eric C. Peck has 20-plus years’ experience covering the mortgage industry, he most recently served as Editor-in-Chief for The Mortgage Press and National Mortgage Professional Magazine. Peck graduated from the New York Institute of Technology where he received his B.A. in Communication Arts/Media. After graduating, he began his professional career with Videography Magazine before landing in the mortgage space. Peck has edited three published books and has served as Copy Editor for Entrepreneur.com.

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