Customers Bancorp Discloses Healthy Credit Quality & Declining Loan Deferrals; Reiterates Financial Guidance
Over the last decade, Customers Bancorp and its principal subsidiary, Customers Bank (the "Bank"), have developed a suite of commercial and retail loan products with one particularly important common denominator: relatively low credit risk assumption. The Bank's multifamily, mortgage warehouse, and specialty finance lines of business, for example, are characterized by conservative underwriting standards and low loss rates. As a consequence of this emphasis, the Bank's credit quality to-date has been healthy despite a highly adverse economic environment. Nonperforming assets increased slightly to $92.6 million at August 31, 2020 from $86.4 million at June 30, 2020 and are expected to fall below $80.0 million by quarter-end due to the anticipated sale of an investment CRE loan.
Further, we are pleased to disclose a sharp decline in loan deferrals since financial results for Q2 2020 were released. Excluding PPP loans, active deferments decreased to $439.0 million or 4.0% of total gross loans at August 31, 2020 from $750.5 million or 7.3% of total gross loans at July 24, 2020. The improvement was driven by the investment CRE, multifamily, and hotels categories. Looking forward, we anticipate active deferments to decline to approximately $271.2 million or 2.5% of total gross loans at the close of Q3 2020 and fall steadily through year-end.
As the COVID-19 crisis continues, we believe we are well positioned with respect to credit quality compared to similarly sized U.S. banks. Loan exposure to at-risk industries as identified by Customers totaled only $686 million or 6.5% of total gross loans excluding the PPP balance at June 30, 2020, well below the median at-risk percentage for our asset class. These industries include hospitality ($413 million), energy and utilities ($79 million), colleges and universities ($65 million), CRE retail sales ($54 million), franchise restaurants and dining ($51 million), and entertainment-only businesses ($24 million), using data as of June 30, 2020. In addition, we would note that the Bank has only modest exposure to construction and development loans (6/30/20: $129 million, 1.2% of loans), a business line that has fared poorly across the banking industry in prior economic downturns.
Jay Sidhu, Chairman and CEO of Customers Bancorp, purchased 10,000 shares of the company's stock at an average price of $12.75 on September 8, 2020.
In consideration of recent financial trends, we are offering the following financial guidance (with full year 2020 guidance unchanged):
The pending merger of Megalith Financial Acquisition Corp. and BankMobile Technologies, a subsidiary of Customers Bank, is on track. Megalith Financial is expected to file a preliminary proxy statement with the SEC (News - Alert) shortly.
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About Customers Bancorp, Inc.
Customers Bancorp, Inc. is a bank holding company located in West Reading, PA that provides financial services through its subsidiary, Customers Bank, a full-service super-community bank with assets of $17.9 billion at June 30, 2020. A member of the Federal Reserve System with deposits insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Customers Bank is an equal opportunity lender that provides a range of banking and lending services to small and medium-sized businesses, professionals, individuals, and families. Services and products are available wherever permitted by law through mobile-first apps, online portals, and a network of offices and branches. Customers Bancorp's voting common shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CUBI. Additional information can be found on the company's website, www.customersbank.com.
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