SC 13D/A 1 b53236825.htm SCHEDULE 13D/A, AMENDMENT #9


SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 

SCHEDULE 13D
(Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934)
 (Amendment No. 9)*
 

 
 
Dime Community Bancshares, Inc.
(Name of Issuer)
 
 
Common Stock
(Title of Class of Securities)

 
25432X102
(CUSIP Number)

 
Basswood Capital Management, L.L.C.
645 Madison Avenue, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10022
Attn: Matthew Lindenbaum
Telephone: (212) 521-9500
 
With a copy to:
 
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
787 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019
Attn: Michael E. Brandt, Esq.
Telephone: (212) 728-8000
 
(Name, Address and Telephone Number of Person Authorized to Receive Notices and Communications)
 
 
May 11, 2022
(Date of Event which Requires Filing of this Statement)
If the filing person has previously filed a statement on Schedule 13G to report the acquisition that is the subject of this Schedule 13D, and is filing this schedule because of §§240.13d-l(e), 240.13d-l(f) or 240.13d-1(g), check the following box.
Note: Schedules filed in paper format shall include a signed original and five copies of the schedule, including all exhibits. See §240.13d-7 for other parties to whom copies are to be sent.
 
*
 
The remainder of this cover page shall be filled out for a reporting person's initial filing on this form with respect to the subject class of securities, and for any subsequent amendment containing information which would alter disclosures provided in a prior cover page.
The information required on the remainder of this cover page shall not be deemed to be "filed" for the purpose of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 ("Exchange Act") or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section of the Exchange Act but shall be subject to all other provisions of the Exchange Act (however, see the Notes).



CUSIP No. 108035106
 
 
 
             
  1. 
 
Name of Reporting Person
 
Basswood Capital Management, L.L.C.
  2.
 
Check the Appropriate Box if a Member of a Group (See Instructions)
(a)  ☐        (b)  ⌧
 
  3.
 
SEC Use Only
 
  4.
 
Source of Funds (See Instructions)
 
AF
  5.
 
Check if Disclosure of Legal Proceedings Is Required Pursuant to Items 2(d) or 2(e)    ☐
 
  6.
 
Citizenship or Place of Organization
 
Delaware
Number of
Shares
Beneficially
Owned by
Each
Reporting
Person
With
  
  7. 
  
Sole Voting Power
 
0
  
  8.
  
Shared Voting Power
 
2,809,653
  
  9.
  
Sole Dispositive Power
 
0
  
10.
  
Shared Dispositive Power
 
2,809,653
11.
 
Aggregate Amount Beneficially Owned by Each Reporting Person
 
2,809,653
12.
 
Check if the Aggregate Amount in Row (11) Excludes Certain Shares (See Instructions)    ☐
 
13.
 
Percent of Class Represented by Amount in Row (11)
 
7.16%
14.
 
Type of Reporting Person (See Instructions)
 
IA



CUSIP No. 108035106
 
 
 
             
  1. 
 
Name of Reporting Person
 
Basswood Partners, L.L.C.
  2.
 
Check the Appropriate Box if a Member of a Group (See Instructions)
(a)  ☐        (b)  ⌧
 
  3.
 
SEC Use Only
 
  4.
 
Source of Funds (See Instructions)
 
AF
  5.
 
Check if Disclosure of Legal Proceedings Is Required Pursuant to Items 2(d) or 2(e)    ☐
 
  6.
 
Citizenship or Place of Organization
 
Delaware
Number of
Shares
Beneficially
Owned by
Each
Reporting
Person
With
  
  7. 
  
Sole Voting Power
 
0
  
  8.
  
Shared Voting Power
 
658,869
  
  9.
  
Sole Dispositive Power
 
0
  
10.
  
Shared Dispositive Power
 
658,869
11.
 
Aggregate Amount Beneficially Owned by Each Reporting Person
 
658,869
12.
 
Check if the Aggregate Amount in Row (11) Excludes Certain Shares (See Instructions)    ☐
 
13.
 
Percent of Class Represented by Amount in Row (11)
 
1.68%
14.
 
Type of Reporting Person (See Instructions)
 
OO



CUSIP No. 108035106
 
 
 
             
  1. 
 
Name of Reporting Person
 
Basswood Opportunity Partners, LP
  2.
 
Check the Appropriate Box if a Member of a Group (See Instructions)
(a)  ☐        (b)  ⌧
 
  3.
 
SEC Use Only
 
  4.
 
Source of Funds (See Instructions)
 
WC
  5.
 
Check if Disclosure of Legal Proceedings Is Required Pursuant to Items 2(d) or 2(e)    ☐
 
  6.
 
Citizenship or Place of Organization
 
Delaware
Number of
Shares
Beneficially
Owned by
Each
Reporting
Person
With
  
  7. 
  
Sole Voting Power
 
0
  
  8.
  
Shared Voting Power
 
438,361
  
  9.
  
Sole Dispositive Power
 
0
  
10.
  
Shared Dispositive Power
 
438,361
11.
 
Aggregate Amount Beneficially Owned by Each Reporting Person
 
438,361
12.
 
Check if the Aggregate Amount in Row (11) Excludes Certain Shares (See Instructions)    ☐
 
13.
 
Percent of Class Represented by Amount in Row (11)
 
1.12%
14.
 
Type of Reporting Person (See Instructions)
 
PN


CUSIP No. 108035106
 
 
 
             
  1. 
 
Name of Reporting Person
 
Basswood Opportunity Fund, Inc.
  2.
 
Check the Appropriate Box if a Member of a Group (See Instructions)
(a)  ☐        (b)  ⌧
 
  3.
 
SEC Use Only
 
  4.
 
Source of Funds (See Instructions)
 
WC
  5.
 
Check if Disclosure of Legal Proceedings Is Required Pursuant to Items 2(d) or 2(e)    ☐
 
  6.
 
Citizenship or Place of Organization
 
Cayman Islands
Number of
Shares
Beneficially
Owned by
Each
Reporting
Person
With
  
  7. 
  
Sole Voting Power
 
0
  
  8.
  
Shared Voting Power
 
6,394
  
  9.
  
Sole Dispositive Power
 
0
  
10.
  
Shared Dispositive Power
 
6,394
11.
 
Aggregate Amount Beneficially Owned by Each Reporting Person
 
6,394
12.
 
Check if the Aggregate Amount in Row (11) Excludes Certain Shares (See Instructions)    ☐
 
13.
 
Percent of Class Represented by Amount in Row (11)
 
0.02%
14.
 
Type of Reporting Person (See Instructions)
 
CO


CUSIP No. 108035106
 
 
 
             
  1. 
 
Name of Reporting Person
 
Basswood Financial Fund, LP
  2.
 
Check the Appropriate Box if a Member of a Group (See Instructions)
(a)  ☐        (b)  ⌧
 
  3.
 
SEC Use Only
 
  4.
 
Source of Funds (See Instructions)
 
WC
  5.
 
Check if Disclosure of Legal Proceedings Is Required Pursuant to Items 2(d) or 2(e)    ☐
 
  6.
 
Citizenship or Place of Organization
 
Delaware
Number of
Shares
Beneficially
Owned by
Each
Reporting
Person
With
  
  7. 
  
Sole Voting Power
 
0
  
  8.
  
Shared Voting Power
 
150,963
  
  9.
  
Sole Dispositive Power
 
0
  
10.
  
Shared Dispositive Power
 
150,963
11.
 
Aggregate Amount Beneficially Owned by Each Reporting Person
 
150,963
12.
 
Check if the Aggregate Amount in Row (11) Excludes Certain Shares (See Instructions)    ☐
 
13.
 
Percent of Class Represented by Amount in Row (11)
 
0.38%
14.
 
Type of Reporting Person (See Instructions)
 
PN


CUSIP No. 108035106
 
 
 
             
  1. 
 
Name of Reporting Person
 
Basswood Financial Long Only Fund, LP
  2.
 
Check the Appropriate Box if a Member of a Group (See Instructions)
(a)  ☐        (b)  ⌧
 
  3.
 
SEC Use Only
 
  4.
 
Source of Funds (See Instructions)
 
WC
  5.
 
Check if Disclosure of Legal Proceedings Is Required Pursuant to Items 2(d) or 2(e)    ☐
 
  6.
 
Citizenship or Place of Organization
 
Delaware
Number of
Shares
Beneficially
Owned by
Each
Reporting
Person
With
  
  7. 
  
Sole Voting Power
 
0
  
  8.
  
Shared Voting Power
 
69,545
  
  9.
  
Sole Dispositive Power
 
0
  
10.
  
Shared Dispositive Power
 
69,545
11.
 
Aggregate Amount Beneficially Owned by Each Reporting Person
 
69,545
12.
 
Check if the Aggregate Amount in Row (11) Excludes Certain Shares (See Instructions)    ☐
 
13.
 
Percent of Class Represented by Amount in Row (11)
 
0.18%
14.
 
Type of Reporting Person (See Instructions)
 
PN


CUSIP No. 108035106
 
 
 
             
  1. 
 
Name of Reporting Person
 
Basswood Co-Investment Fund (SPC), Ltd., For and on Behalf of Segregated Portfolio C-1
  2.
 
Check the Appropriate Box if a Member of a Group (See Instructions)
(a)  ☐        (b)  ⌧
 
  3.
 
SEC Use Only
 
  4.
 
Source of Funds (See Instructions)
 
WC
  5.
 
Check if Disclosure of Legal Proceedings Is Required Pursuant to Items 2(d) or 2(e)    ☐
 
  6.
 
Citizenship or Place of Organization
 
Cayman Islands
Number of
Shares
Beneficially
Owned by
Each
Reporting
Person
With
  
  7. 
  
Sole Voting Power
 
0
  
  8.
  
Shared Voting Power
 
18,660
  
  9.
  
Sole Dispositive Power
 
0
  
10.
  
Shared Dispositive Power
 
18,660
11.
 
Aggregate Amount Beneficially Owned by Each Reporting Person
 
18,660
12.
 
Check if the Aggregate Amount in Row (11) Excludes Certain Shares (See Instructions)    ☐
 
13.
 
Percent of Class Represented by Amount in Row (11)
 
0.05%
14.
 
Type of Reporting Person (See Instructions)
 
CO


CUSIP No. 108035106
 
 
 
             
  1. 
 
Name of Reporting Person
 
Matthew Lindenbaum
  2.
 
Check the Appropriate Box if a Member of a Group (See Instructions)
(a)  ☐        (b)  ⌧
 
  3.
 
SEC Use Only
 
  4.
 
Source of Funds (See Instructions)
 
AF
  5.
 
Check if Disclosure of Legal Proceedings Is Required Pursuant to Items 2(d) or 2(e)    ☐
 
  6.
 
Citizenship or Place of Organization
 
United States
Number of
Shares
Beneficially
Owned by
Each
Reporting
Person
With
  
  7. 
  
Sole Voting Power
 
167,970.82
  
  8.
  
Shared Voting Power
 
2,809,653.00
  
  9.
  
Sole Dispositive Power
 
167,970.82
  
10.
  
Shared Dispositive Power
 
2,809,653.00
11.
 
Aggregate Amount Beneficially Owned by Each Reporting Person
 
2,977,623.82
12.
 
Check if the Aggregate Amount in Row (11) Excludes Certain Shares (See Instructions)    ☐
 
13.
 
Percent of Class Represented by Amount in Row (11)
 
7.59%
14.
 
Type of Reporting Person (See Instructions)
 
IN/HC


CUSIP No. 108035106
 
 
 
             
  1. 
 
Name of Reporting Person
 
Bennett Lindenbaum
  2.
 
Check the Appropriate Box if a Member of a Group (See Instructions)
(a)  ☐        (b)  ⌧
 
  3.
 
SEC Use Only
 
  4.
 
Source of Funds (See Instructions)
 
AF
  5.
 
Check if Disclosure of Legal Proceedings Is Required Pursuant to Items 2(d) or 2(e)    ☐
 
  6.
 
Citizenship or Place of Organization
 
United States
Number of
Shares
Beneficially
Owned by
Each
Reporting
Person
With
  
  7. 
  
Sole Voting Power
 
138,282
  
  8.
  
Shared Voting Power
 
2,809,653
  
  9.
  
Sole Dispositive Power
 
138,282
  
10.
  
Shared Dispositive Power
 
2,809,653
11.
 
Aggregate Amount Beneficially Owned by Each Reporting Person
 
2,947,935
12.
 
Check if the Aggregate Amount in Row (11) Excludes Certain Shares (See Instructions)    ☐
 
13.
 
Percent of Class Represented by Amount in Row (11)
 
7.51%
14.
 
Type of Reporting Person (See Instructions)
 
IN/HC


This Amendment No. 9 to Schedule 13D (this “Amendment No. 9”) is being filed with respect to the common stock, par value $0.01 per share (the “Common Stock”), of Dime Community Bancshares, Inc. (formerly Bridge Bancorp, Inc.) to amend the Schedule 13D filed on June 29, 2015, as amended by Amendment No. 1 to Schedule 13D filed on June 28, 2016, Amendment No. 2 to Schedule 13D filed on November 25, 2016, Amendment No. 3 to Schedule 13D filed on July 24, 2017, Amendment No. 4 to Schedule 13D filed on November 16, 2017, Amendment No. 5 to Schedule 13D filed on December 18, 2017, Amendment No. 6 to Schedule 13D filed on September 10, 2018, Amendment No. 7 to Schedule 13D filed on December 20, 2019 and Amendment No.8 to Schedule 13D filed on February 5, 2021 (as amended by Amendment No. 1, Amendment No. 2, Amendment No. 3, Amendment No. 4, Amendment No. 5, Amendment No. 6, Amendment No .7 and Amendment No.8, the “Schedule 13D”).

Item 5. Interest in Securities of the Issuer
Items 5(a) – 5(c) of the Schedule 13D are amended to reflect the following:
(a) and (b). As of the date of this Amendment No. 9, each of the Reporting Persons beneficially owns shares of Common Stock in such numbers as set forth on the cover pages of this Schedule 13D.The total number of shares each of the Reporting Persons beneficially owns represents such percentages of the Common Stock outstanding as set forth on the cover pages to this Schedule 13D based upon the approximately 39.2 million shares of Common Stock outstanding as of April 30, 2022, as reported in the Issuer’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 9, 2022.
(c) Schedule I hereto sets forth all transactions with respect to the Common Stock effected by the Reporting Persons during the past 60 days.All such transactions were effected in the open market, and per share prices include any commissions paid in connection with such transactions.
(e) The following Reporting Persons ceased to beneficially own more than  five percent of shares of Common Stock as of February 5, 2021, the date of the filing of Amendment No. 8 to the Schedule 13D: Basswood Enhanced Long Short GP, LLC, Basswood Enhanced Long Short Fund, LP and Basswood Financial Fund, Inc.



SIGNATURE
After reasonable inquiry and to the best of my knowledge and belief, I certify that the information set forth in this statement is true, complete and correct.
Dated: May 20, 2022
 
   
 
Basswood Capital Management, L.L.C.
   
   
 
By:
/s/ Matthew Lindenbaum                                              
   
Name: Matthew Lindenbaum
   
Title: Managing Member
     
     
 
Basswood Partners, L.L.C.
     
     
 
By:
/s/ Matthew Lindenbaum                                              
   
Name: Matthew Lindenbaum
   
Title: Managing Member
     
     
 
Basswood Opportunity Partners, LP
By: Basswood Capital Management, L.L.C.
     
     
 
By:
/s/ Matthew Lindenbaum                                              
   
Name: Matthew Lindenbaum
   
Title: Managing Member
     
     
 
Basswood Opportunity Fund, Inc.
 
By: Basswood Capital Management, L.L.C.
     
     
 
By:
/s/Matthew Lindenbaum                                              
   
Name: Matthew Lindenbaum
   
Title: Managing Member
     


 
Basswood Financial Fund, LP
 
By: Basswood Capital Management, L.L.C.
     
     
 
By:
/s/ Matthew Lindenbaum                                              
   
Name: Matthew Lindenbaum
   
Title: Managing Member
     
     
 
Basswood Financial Long Only Fund, LP
By: Basswood Capital Management, L.L.C.
     
     
 
By:
/s/ Matthew Lindenbaum                                              
   
Name: Matthew Lindenbaum
   
Title: Managing Member
     
     
 
Basswood Co-Investment Fund (SPC), Ltd.,
For and on Behalf of Segregated Portfolio C-1
By: Basswood Capital Management, L.L.C.
     
     
 
By:
/s/ Matthew Lindenbaum                                              
   
Name: Matthew Lindenbaum
   
Title: Managing Member
     
     




     
     
 
/s/ Matthew Lindenbaum                              
 
Matthew Lindenbaum
     
     
 
/s/ Bennett Lindenbaum                                 
 
Bennett Lindenbaum
     
     





SCHEDULE I

Fund
Trade Date
Shares Purchased
(Sold)
Price
Basswood Financial Fund, LP
05/11/22
(3,807)
$31.07
Basswood Financial Long Only Fund LP
05/11/22
(1,703)
$31.07
Basswood Managed Account
05/11/22
(7,841)
$31.07
Basswood Managed Account
05/11/22
(2,667)
$31.07
Basswood Managed Account
05/11/22
(6,366)
$31.07
Basswood Managed Account
05/11/22
(526)
$31.07
Basswood Managed Account
05/11/22
(10,601)
$31.07
Basswood Managed Account
05/11/22
(8,840)
$31.07
Basswood Managed Account
05/11/22
(933)
$31.07
Basswood Managed Account
05/11/22
(4,636)
$31.07
Basswood Financial Fund, LP
05/12/22
(3,062)
$30.28
Basswood Financial Long Only Fund LP
05/12/22
(1,369)
$30.28
Basswood Opportunity Partners, LP
05/12/22
(7,680)
$30.28
Basswood Managed Account
05/12/22
(6,304)
$30.28
Basswood Managed Account
05/12/22
(2,145)
$30.28
Basswood Managed Account
05/12/22
(5,118)
$30.28
Basswood Managed Account
05/12/22
(424)
$30.28
Basswood Managed Account
05/12/22
(8,523)
$30.28
Basswood Managed Account
05/12/22
(7,108)
$30.28
Basswood Managed Account
05/12/22
(750)
$30.28
Basswood Managed Account
05/12/22
(3,727)
$30.28
Basswood Financial Fund, LP
05/16/22
(1,340)
$29.40
Basswood Financial Long Only Fund LP
05/16/22
(894)
$29.40
Basswood Opportunity Partners, LP
05/16/22
(526)
$29.40
Basswood Managed Account
05/16/22
(2,192)
$29.40
Basswood Managed Account
05/16/22
(4,327)
$29.40
Basswood Managed Account
05/16/22
(242)
$29.40
Basswood Managed Account
05/16/22
(5,674)
$29.40
Basswood Managed Account
05/16/22
(3,864)
$29.40
Basswood Managed Account
05/16/22
(376)
$29.40
Basswood Managed Account
05/16/22
(4,311)
$29.40
Basswood Financial Fund, LP
05/17/22
(7,808)
$30.07
Basswood Financial Long Only Fund LP
05/17/22
(5,211)
$30.07
Basswood Opportunity Partners, LP
05/17/22
(3,063)
$30.07
Basswood Managed Account
05/17/22
(12,769)
$30.07
Basswood Managed Account
05/17/22
(25,210)
$30.07
Basswood Managed Account
05/17/22
(1,409)
$30.07
Basswood Managed Account
05/17/22
(33,058)
$30.07
Basswood Managed Account
05/17/22
(22,517)
$30.07
Basswood Managed Account
05/17/22
(2,188)
$30.07
Basswood Managed Account
05/17/22
(25,121)
$30.07
Basswood Financial Fund, LP
05/18/22
(1,411)
$29.25
Basswood Financial Long Only Fund LP
05/18/22
(970)
$29.25
Basswood Opportunity Partners, LP
05/18/22
(554)
$29.25
Basswood Managed Account
05/18/22
(2,307)
$29.25
Basswood Managed Account
05/18/22
(4,555)
$29.25
Basswood Managed Account
05/18/22
(255)
$29.25
Basswood Managed Account
05/18/22
(5,973)
$29.25
Basswood Managed Account
05/18/22
(4,069)
$29.25
Basswood Managed Account
05/18/22
(395)
$29.25
Basswood Managed Account
05/18/22
(4,539)
$29.25