SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Under the Securities Act of 1933
STERLING BANCORP, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation or organization)
One Towne Square, Suite 1900
Southfield, Michigan 48076
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)
2017 Omnibus Equity Incentive Plan
(Full title of the plan)
General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Sterling Bancorp, Inc.
One Towne Square, Suite 1900
Southfield, Michigan 48076
Robert C. Azarow, Esq.
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
250 West 55th Street
New York, NY 10019
(Name, address and telephone number of agent for service)
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and "emerging growth company" in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
|Large accelerated filer||¨||Accelerated filer||¨|
|Non-accelerated filer||x||Smaller reporting company||x|
|Emerging growth company||x|
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 7(a)(2)(B) of the Securities Act. x
CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE
|Title of securities
to be registered
|Amount to be
|Common Stock, no par value||527,328||$5.31||$2,800,111.68||$305.49|
|(1)||Pursuant to Rule 416 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), this Registration Statement also covers an undetermined number of Common Stock that may become issuable under the above-named plan by reason of any stock split, reverse stock split, stock dividend, recapitalization, combination of shares, exchange of shares or any other similar transaction.|
|(2)||Determined based on the average of the high and low sales prices of the Common Stock as reported on the Nasdaq Capital Market on September 16, 2021 in accordance with Rule 457(c) under the Securities Act, solely for the purpose of calculating the registration fee pursuant to Rule 457(h) under the Securities Act.|
INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE SECTION 10(a) PROSPECTUS
Item 1. Plan Information.**
Item 2. Registrant Information and Employee Plan Annual Information.**
**As permitted by Rule 428 under the Securities Act, this Registration Statement omits the information specified in Part I of Form S-8. The documents containing the information specified in Part I will be delivered in accordance with Rule 428(b)(1) under the Securities Act. Such documents are not required to be, and are not, filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), either as part of this Registration Statement or as prospectuses or prospectus supplements pursuant to Rule 424 under the Securities Act. These documents, and the documents incorporated by reference into this Registration Statement pursuant to Item 3 of Part II of this Form S-8, taken together, constitute a prospectus that meets the requirements of Section 10(a) of the Securities Act. The Registrant will provide a written statement to participants advising them of the availability without charge, upon written or oral request, of the documents incorporated by reference in Item 3 of Part II hereof and including the statement in the preceding sentence. The written statement to all participants will indicate the availability without charge, upon written or oral request, of other documents required to be delivered pursuant to Rule 428(b) under the Securities Act, and will include the address and telephone number to which the request is to be directed.
INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT
Item 3. Incorporation of Documents by Reference.
The following documents filed by the Registrant with the SEC pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), are incorporated by reference in this Registration Statement:
|(a)||The Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, filed with the SEC on March 26, 2021;|
|(b)||The Registrant’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, filed with the SEC on May 14, 2021, and for the quarter ended June 30, 2021, filed with the SEC on August 13, 2021;|
|(c)||The Registrant’s Current Reports on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on February 1, 2021, March 22, 2021, May 3, 2021, May 28, 2021 and August 2, 2021 (in each case, other than information that is furnished but that is deemed not to have been filed); and|
|(d)||The description of the Registrant’s common stock contained in Exhibit 4.2 of the Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, as filed with the SEC on October 6, 2020.|
All documents subsequently filed by the Registrant pursuant to Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14 and 15(d) of the Exchange Act (other than any information that is furnished but that is deemed not to have been filed), prior to the filing of a post-effective amendment hereto that either indicates that all securities offered hereby have been sold or deregisters all securities then remaining unsold, shall be deemed to be incorporated by reference in this Registration Statement and to be a part hereof from the date of filing of such documents. Any statement contained in a document incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference herein shall be deemed to be modified or superseded for purposes of this Registration Statement to the extent that a statement contained herein or in any other contemporaneously or subsequently filed document that also is or is deemed to be incorporated by reference herein modifies or supersedes such statement. Any such statement so modified or superseded shall not be deemed, except as so modified or superseded, to constitute a part of this Registration Statement.
Item 4. Description of Securities.
Item 5. Interests of Named Experts and Counsel.
Item 6. Indemnification of Directors and Officers.
Registrant is organized under the Michigan Business Corporation Act (the “MBCA”) which, in general, empowers Michigan corporations to indemnify a person who was or is a party or is threatened to be made a party to a threatened, pending or completed action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative and whether formal or informal, other than an action by or in the right of the corporation, by reason of the fact that such person is or was a director, officer, employee or agent of the corporation, or is or was serving at the request of the corporation as a director, officer, partner, trustee, employee or agent of another enterprise, against expenses, including attorneys’ fees, judgments, penalties, fines and amounts paid in settlement actually and reasonably incurred in connection therewith if the person acted in good faith and in a manner reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the best interests of the corporation or its shareholders and, with respect to a criminal action or proceeding, if the person had no reasonable cause to believe his or her conduct was unlawful.
The MBCA also empowers Michigan corporations to provide similar indemnity to such a person for expenses, including attorneys’ fees, and amounts paid in settlement actually and reasonably incurred by the person in connection with actions or suits by or in the right of the corporation if the person acted in good faith and in a manner the person reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the best interests of the corporation or its shareholders, except in respect of any claim, issue or matter in which the person has been found liable to the corporation, unless the court determines that the person is fairly and reasonably entitled to indemnification in view of all relevant circumstances, in which case indemnification is limited to reasonable expenses incurred. If a person is successful in defending against a derivative action or third-party action, as described in the preceding paragraph, the MBCA requires that a Michigan corporation indemnify the person for actual and reasonable expenses incurred in connection with such action.
A Michigan corporation may also pay or reimburse the reasonable expenses incurred by a director, officer, employee, or agent of the corporation, or by a person that is or was serving at the request of the corporation as a director, officer, partner, trustee, employee, or agent of another foreign or domestic corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust, or other profit or nonprofit enterprise, that is a party or threatened to be made a party to an action, suit, or proceeding in advance of final disposition of the proceeding if the person furnishes the corporation a written undertaking, executed personally or on the person's behalf, to repay the advance if it is ultimately determined that the person did not meet the applicable standard of conduct, if any, required by the MBCA for the indemnification of a person under the circumstances. The Registrant has received such undertakings from the following directors in connection with a pending class action lawsuit and a threatened derivative action: Seth Meltzer, Sandra Seligman, Benjamin Wineman and Lyle Wolberg.
The MBCA also permits a Michigan corporation to purchase and maintain on behalf of such a person insurance against liabilities incurred in such capacities. Registrant has obtained a policy of directors’ and officers’ liability insurance.
The MBCA further permits Michigan corporations to limit the personal liability of directors in certain circumstances. However, the MBCA does not eliminate or limit the liability of a director for any of the following: (i) the amount of a financial benefit received by a director to which he or she is not entitled; (ii) intentional infliction of harm on the corporation or the shareholders; (iii) a violation of Section 551 of the MBCA; or (iv) an intentional criminal act.
The Registrant’s Second Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation and its Amended and Restated Bylaws generally require it to indemnify its officers and directors to the fullest extent permitted by law in connection with any actual or threatened civil, criminal, administrative or investigative action, suit or proceeding in which a director or executive officer is a witness or which is brought against a director or executive officer in his or her capacity as such. Persons who are not directors or executive officers may be similarly indemnified in respect of such service to the extent authorized at any time by the board of directors. The Registrant has the power to purchase and maintain insurance to protect itself, any director, executive officer or other person against any liability asserted against him or her in respect of such service, whether or not the Registrant would have the power to indemnify such person against such liability pursuant to its Second Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation and its Amended and Restated Bylaws.
Item 7. Exemption from Registration Claimed.
Item 8. Exhibits.
The following exhibits are filed or furnished herewith:
|Incorporated by reference|
|4.1||Second Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation of Sterling Bancorp, Inc.||S-1/A||3.2||10/31/2017|
|4.2||Amended and Restated Bylaws of Sterling Bancorp, Inc.||S-1/A||3.4||10/31/2017|
|4.3||Form of Common Stock Certificate of Sterling Bancorp, Inc.||S-1/A||4.1||11/07/2017|
|4.4||Sterling Bancorp, Inc. 2017 Omnibus Equity Incentive Plan||S-1/A||10.3||11/07/2017|
|4.5||Form of Restricted Stock Award Agreement with respect to the 2017 Omnibus Equity Incentive Plan||8-K||10.1||03/27/2018|
|4.6||Form of Notice of Grant of Stock with respect to the 2017 Omnibus Equity Incentive Plan||8-K||10.2||03/27/2018|
|5.1||Opinion of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP||X|
|Incorporated by reference|
|23.1||Consent of Crowe LLP||X|
|23.2||Consent of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP (included in Exhibit 5.1 to this Registration Statement)||X|
|24.1||Power of Attorney (contained on the signature page hereof)||X|
Item 9. Undertakings.
(a) The undersigned Registrant hereby undertakes:
(1) To file, during any period in which offers or sales are being made, a post-effective amendment to this Registration Statement:
(i) to include any prospectus required by Section 10(a)(3) of the Securities Act;
(ii) to reflect in the prospectus any facts or events arising after the effective date of the Registration Statement (or the most recent post-effective amendment thereof) which, individually or in the aggregate, represent a fundamental change in the information set forth in the Registration Statement; and
(iii) to include any material information with respect to the plan of distribution not previously disclosed in the Registration Statement or any material change to such information in the Registration Statement;
provided, however, that paragraphs (i) and (ii) do not apply if the information required to be included in a post-effective amendment by those paragraphs is contained in reports filed with or furnished to the SEC by the Registrant pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act that are incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement.
(2) That, for the purpose of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each such post-effective amendment shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.
(3) To remove from registration by means of a post-effective amendment any of the securities being registered which remain unsold at the termination of the offering.
(b) The undersigned Registrant hereby undertakes that, for purposes of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each filing of the Registrant’s annual report pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Exchange Act (and, where applicable, each filing of an employee benefit plan’s annual report pursuant to Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act) that is incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.
(c) Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act may be permitted to directors, officers and controlling persons of the Registrant pursuant to the foregoing provisions, or otherwise, the Registrant has been advised that in the opinion of the SEC such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and is, therefore, unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other than the payment by the Registrant of expenses incurred or paid by a director, officer or controlling person of the Registrant in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding) is asserted by such director, officer or controlling person in connection with the securities being registered, the Registrant will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by it is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act, the Registrant certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all of the requirements for filing on Form S-8 and has duly caused this Registration Statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in the City of Southfield, State of Michigan, on September 17, 2021.
|STERLING BANCORP, INC.|
|By:||/s/ Thomas M. O’Brien|
Thomas M. O’Brien
(Principal Executive Officer)
KNOW ALL BY THESE PRESENTS, that each person whose signature appears below constitutes and appoints Stephen Huber and Colleen Kimmel, and each of them individually, as their true and lawful attorney-in-fact and agent, each with full power of substitution and resubstitution, for him or her and in his or her name, place and stead, in any and all capacities to sign any and all amendments to this Registration Statement, and to file the same, with all exhibits thereto, and other documents in connection therewith, with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, granting unto each said attorney-in-fact and agent full power and authority to do and perform each and every act and thing requisite and necessary to be done as fully to all intents and purposes as he or she might or could do in person, hereby ratifying and confirming all that said attorney-in-fact and agent, or either one of his or their substitute or substitutes, may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act, this Registration Statement has been signed by the following persons in the capacities and on the dates indicated.
|/s/ Thomas M. O’Brien||Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (Principal Executive Officer)||September 17, 2021|
|Thomas M. O’Brien|
|/s/ Stephen Huber||Chief Financial Officer (Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)||September 17, 2021|
|/s/ Steven e. Gallotta||Director||September 17, 2021|
|Steven E. Gallotta|
|/s/ Peggy Daitch||Director||September 17, 2021|
|/s/ Seth Meltzer||Director||September 17, 2021|
|/s/ Sandra Seligman||Director||September 17, 2021|
|/s/ Denny Kim||Director||September 17, 2021|
|/s/ Tracey Dedrick||Director||September 17, 2021|
|/s/ Benjamin Wineman||Director||September 17, 2021|
|/s/ Lyle Wolberg||Director||September 17, 2021|
September 17, 2021
Sterling Bancorp, Inc.
One Towne Square, Suite 1900
Southfield, Michigan 48076
|Re:||Sterling Bancorp, Inc. – Registration Statement on Form S-8|
Ladies and Gentlemen:
We have acted as special counsel to Sterling Bancorp, Inc., a Michigan corporation (the “Company”), in connection with the preparation of the Registration Statement on Form S-8 filed on September 17, 2021 by the Company with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Act”) (the “Registration Statement”). The Registration Statement relates to the registration under the Act of 527,328 shares (the “Shares”) of common stock, no par value, of the Company (“Common Stock”) to be issued pursuant to the terms of the Company’s 2017 Omnibus Equity Incentive Plan (the “Plan”). This opinion is being furnished in accordance with the requirements of Item 601(b)(5) of Regulation S-K of the General Rules and Regulations of the Act.
In rendering the opinion set forth below, we have examined and relied upon such certificates, corporate records, agreements, instruments and other documents, including the Registration Statement, the Company’s Second Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation, the Company’s Amended and Restated Bylaws and the Plan in the form included as Exhibit 10.3 to the Company’s Form S-1/A filed on November 7, 2017, and examined such matters of law that we considered necessary or appropriate as a basis for the opinions. In our examination, we have assumed the legal capacity of all natural persons, the genuineness of all signatures, the authenticity of all documents submitted to us as originals, the conformity to original documents of all documents submitted to us as certified or photostatic copies, the authenticity of the originals of such latter documents, that all parties to such documents (other than the Company) had the power, corporate or other, to enter into and perform all obligations thereunder, that all such documents have been duly authorized by all requisite action, corporate or other, and duly executed and delivered by all parties thereto (other than the Company) and that all such documents constitute the valid and binding obligation of each party thereto (other than the Company) enforceable against each such party in accordance with their terms. As to any facts material to the opinions expressed herein that we did not independently establish or verify, we have relied upon oral or written statements and representations of officers and other representatives of the Company and others.
September 17, 2021
In rendering the opinions set forth below, we do not express any opinion concerning any law other than the Michigan Business Corporation Act. Our opinion is rendered only with respect to the laws, and the rules, regulations and orders under those laws, that are currently in effect.
Based upon and subject to the foregoing and the limitations, qualifications, exceptions and assumptions set forth herein, it is our opinion that the Shares have been duly authorized by all necessary corporate action on the part of the Company, and, when the Registration Statement has been declared effective under the Act in connection with awards granted under the Plan in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in the Plan, subject to the full payment of the exercise price therefor (if any), the Shares will be validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable.
The opinions set forth above are limited to the matters expressly set forth herein, and no opinion is implied or may be inferred beyond the matters expressly stated. This opinion speaks only as to law and facts in effect or existing as of the date hereof, and we undertake no obligation or responsibility to update or supplement this opinion to reflect any facts or circumstances that may hereafter come to our attention or any changes in law that may hereafter occur.
We hereby consent to the filing of this opinion as Exhibit 5.1 to the Registration Statement. In giving such consent, we do not thereby admit that we are experts within the meaning of the Securities Act or the rules and regulations of the Commission or that this consent is required by Section 7 of the Securities Act.
|Very truly yours,|
|/s/ Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP|
CONSENT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
We consent to the incorporation by reference in this Registration Statement on Form S-8 of Sterling Bancorp, Inc. of our report dated March 26, 2021 relating to the consolidated financial statements appearing in the Annual Report on Form 10-K of Sterling Bancorp, Inc. for the year ended December 31, 2020.
September 15, 2021