Kroll Bond Rating Agency ("KBRA") has assigned a senior long-term rating
of BBB, a subordinated rating of BBB-, and a short-term
debt rating of K3 to Customers Bancorp, Inc. ("the
Group"), a bank holding company based in Wyomissing, PA. In addition,
KBRA has assigned a senior deposit rating of BBB+, a subordinated
debt rating of BBB, and a short-term debt rating of K2 to
the subsidiary bank, Customers Bank (the "Bank" or "Customers").
The outlook on all ratings is stable.
The ratings are supported by Customers' financial fundamentals as
indicated by improving asset quality and earnings peformance, and its
good efficiency ratios. The ratings also reflect the Group's innovative
business model and its experienced management team, which mitigates the
short operating history associated with the Bank's current business
model. These strengths are balanced by concerns surrounding the Group's
extensive use of noncore funding and rapid growth as well as their
concentrated exposure to multifamily and other residential and
The ratings are based on KBRA's Global
Bank and Bank Holding Company Rating Methodology, published on May
About Kroll Bond Rating Agency
KBRA is registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as a
Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organization (NRSRO). In
addition, KBRA is recognized by the National Association of Insurance
Commissioners (NAIC) as a Credit Rating Provider (CRP).
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