UNIONDALE, N.Y.– Flushing Financial Corporation (the “Company”) (Nasdaq-GS: FFIC), the parent holding company for Flushing Bank (the “Bank”), announced today that Kroll Bond Rating Agency (“KBRA”), a full-service rating agency, reaffirmed an investment grade rating for the Company and the Bank. These ratings are based on KBRA’s Bank and Bank Holding Company Global Rating Methodology, which evaluates liquidity, asset quality, capital adequacy, and earnings. KBRA revised the outlook for all long-term ratings to Stable from Negative.
The Company and the Bank received ratings of BBB/K3 and BBB+/K2, respectively. The Company and Bank’s ratings were influenced by lower-than-peer earnings performance, and magnified margin compression due to the continued unfavorable yield curve. According to KBRA’s report, the Company and Bank’s ratings are supported by strong asset quality, driven by conservative underwriting, and sound risk management.
John R. Buran, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We are pleased to continue to receive an investment grade KBRA rating, validating our business strategy, conservative underwriting standards, and strong risk profile which drive our financial performance. We remain focused on managing our margin with the remix of our balance sheet through the acquisition of core deposits and the continued diversification of our loan portfolio through growth in C&I originations of adjustable rate business loans. We are confident that the earnings accretion and other benefits of the recently announced Empire merger will positively impact capital ratios over the long term. Overall, we remain well capitalized and positioned to deliver profitable growth and long-term value to our shareholders.”
About Kroll Bond Rating Agency
KBRA was established in 2010 in an effort to restore trust in credit ratings by creating new standards for assessing risk and by offering accurate and transparent ratings. KBRA is registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organization (NRSRO) and is recognized by the National Association of Insurance Commission (NAIC) as a Credit Rating Provider (CRP). KBRA is a full-service rating agency whose mission is to set a standard of excellence and integrity.
About Flushing Financial Corporation
Flushing Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: FFIC) is the holding company for Flushing Bank®, a New York State—chartered commercial bank insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. The Bank serves consumers, businesses, professionals, corporate clients, and public entities by offering a full complement of deposit, loan, equipment finance, and cash management services through its banking offices located in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and on Long Island. As a leader in real estate lending, the Bank’s experienced lending teams create mortgage solutions for real estate owners and property managers both within and outside the New York City metropolitan area. Flushing Bank is an Equal Housing Lender. The Bank also operates an online banking division consisting of iGObanking.com®, which offers competitively priced deposit products to consumers nationwide, and BankPurely®, an eco-friendly, healthier lifestyle community brand.
Additional information on Flushing Bank and Flushing Financial Corporation may be obtained by visiting the Company’s website at http://www.flushingbank.com.
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