New York Community Bancorp Gets $1B Bailout

NYCB secures over $1B investment led by ex-Treasury Secretary Mnuchin’s Liberty Strategic Capital.

New York Community Bancorp Gets $1B Bailout

NYCB secures over $1B investment led by ex-Treasury Secretary Mnuchin's Liberty Strategic Capital.

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Good morning. Troubled New York Community Bancorp (NYCB) secures over $1B from a Mnuchin-led group. Meanwhile, a real estate manager invests $500M to buy single-family rental homes directly from builders due to limited supply from homeowners.

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New York Community Bancorp to Get More Than $1B Investment and New CEO

In a bold effort to restore investor confidence, New York Community Bancorp (NYCB) has secured a $1 billion cash infusion led by three groups, including former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's Liberty Strategic Capital.

Crucial capital: The investment aimed to bolster the bank's financial standing included significant contributions from Liberty Strategic Capital (founded by Mnuchin), Hudson Bay Capital, Reverence Capital Partners, and Citadel Global Equities. The bank’s management and board will also see sweeping changes.

Leadership shift: Joseph Otting, a former Comptroller of the Currency, will step in as NYCB's CEO, marking the third leadership change in recent weeks. Mnuchin, Otting, Milton Berlinski from Reverence, and Allen Puwalski from Hudson Bay are set to join the NYCB board, reducing the board to nine members and removing all legacy NYCB directors.

Some background: NYCB has been under scrutiny since January, following revelations of issues within its commercial real-estate portfolio, leading to a fourth-quarter loss and a dividend cut. Further complicating matters, the bank disclosed "material weaknesses" in its loan assessment and monitoring processes last week, sparking credit downgrades and fears of a wider banking crisis. This situation echoes the troubles faced by other regional lenders, including the dramatic collapse of Silicon Valley Bank a year prior.


Pivotal decisions await: This $1 billion investment, led by Steven Mnuchin's Liberty Strategic Capital, which contributed $450 million, significantly boosts New York Community Bancorp's survival chances. Although this move may dilute current shareholders' stakes, Mnuchin's track record in financial turnarounds promises a solid foundation for recovery. Awaiting regulatory nods, this crucial step is targeted for completion by March 11.


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BGO Earmarks $500M to Buy SFRs From Builders, Not Homeowners

BGO, backed by Sun Life Financial Inc. (SLF), has allocated $500M to purchase communities of single-family rental homes directly from builders, aiming to capitalize on the housing shortage and robust demand in the market. 

The A-Team: Teaming up with 1Sharpe Capital, the real estate manager is pursuing a strategic approach to acquire groups of homes, deemed more manageable than dealing with individual scattered properties. The partnership, initially debt-free, successfully completed its first transaction with a 64-home community in Phoenix.

Crunch time: The JV comes at a time when single-family landlords are strapped due to rising rates and limited inventory from traditional homeowners. The collaboration is part of a rising trend, with Pretium, the largest U.S. single-family rental owner, recently raising close to $1B for a similar initiative. Meanwhile, Fundrise secured a $770M credit facility to purchase build-to-rent homes across the Sun Belt.

Pricing dilemma: Builders, as noted by AMH CEO David Singelyn, present a multitude of available homes but often at price points deemed unattractive to potential buyers. This dynamic highlights the current tension between supply and demand in the single-family home market, as builders hold firm on pricing amidst growing interest from institutional investors.


Investment appeal: With a strong focus on financing new residential projects, real estate managers see an opportunity to drive innovation and growth in the housing sector. The $500M commitment signals a strategic move towards expanding the portfolio of single-family rental homes, aligning with investor confidence in the long-term viability of the rental housing market.


According to 2023 data from CompStak, the average effective rent, factoring in lease concessions like free rent and tenant improvement allowances, for prime Class A office lease transactions in gateway markets is leveling off.

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