Sterling Bancorp, Inc. Retains Ranking as the Top Performing Community Bank in the United States by S&P Global Market Intelligence

Sterling Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBT) (Sterling or the Company), the holding company of Sterling Bank and Trust, F.S.B., today announced that it was named as the top performing community bank in the United States with total assets between $3 billion and $10 billion by S&P Global Market Intelligence, based on its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2018. Sterling was also the best performing community bank in 2017 in the category of community banks with assets between $1 billion and $10 billion.

We are honored to be named as the top performing large community bank in the United States by S&P Global Market Intelligence for the second year in a row, said Gary Judd, Sterlings Chairman and CEO. Our strategic focus on strong customer relationships and targeted growth products and markets have proven a successful model, and led to a superior level of performance including the second-highest annual return on average tangible common equity at 29.19% in the group. We are proud of the Sterling team and their hard work that drives these results.

S&P Global Market Intelligences rankings are based on six metrics: pretax return on average tangible common equity, net charge-offs as a percentage of average loans, efficiency ratio, adjusted Texas ratio, net interest margin on a fully taxable equivalent basis and loan growth. More than 150 companies were eligible for the S&P Global Market Intelligence rankings.

About Sterling Bancorp, Inc.

Sterling Bancorp, Inc. is a unitary thrift holding company. Its wholly owned subsidiary, Sterling Bank and Trust, F.S.B., has primary branch operations in San Francisco and Los Angeles, California, New York City and the greater Seattle market. Sterling offers a broad range of loan products to the residential and commercial markets, as well as retail and business banking services. Sterling also has an operations center and a branch in Southfield, Michigan. For additional information, please visit the Companys website at www.sterlingbank.com.

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