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First BanCorp Commences Preferred Stock Exchange Offer

Sandler O’Neill + Partners, L.P. is acting as the sole dealer manager, Computershare is acting as exchange agent and Georgeson Inc. is acting as information agent for this transaction. For further details, please contact Sandler O’Neill + Partners, L.P. at 866-805-4128 (toll-free) or 212-466-7807 (collect) or Georgeson Inc. at 866-856-6388 (toll-free) or 212-440-9800 (collect).

This press release is neither an offer to exchange nor a solicitation of an offer to sell Common Stock or Preferred Stock. The Exchange Offer is only being made pursuant to the Registration Statement, as amended (including the preliminary prospectus, the letter of transmittal and related offer documents), filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on February 14, 2013, which is available without charge on the SEC’s website site at www.sec.gov or can be obtained, without charge, upon written or oral request to: First BanCorp, Attention: Lawrence Odell, Secretary, P.O. Box 9146, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 00908-0146; telephone: (787) 729-8109. Investors should read the preliminary prospectus in the Registration Statement, and related offer documents, for more complete information about the Corporation and the Exchange Offer. Neither the Corporation, the dealer manager, the information agent, the exchange agent nor any other person is making any recommendation as to whether or not holders of the Preferred Stock should tender their shares of Preferred Stock for exchange in the Exchange Offer.

About First BanCorp.

First BanCorp. is the parent corporation of FirstBank Puerto Rico, a state-chartered commercial bank with operations in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Florida, and of FirstBank Insurance Agency. First BanCorp. and FirstBank Puerto Rico operate within U.S. banking laws and regulations. The Corporation operates a total of 154 branches, stand-alone offices, and in-branch service centers throughout Puerto Rico, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, and Florida. Among the subsidiaries of FirstBank Puerto Rico are First Federal Finance Corp., a small loan company; FirstBank Puerto Rico Securities Corp., a broker-dealer subsidiary; First Management of Puerto Rico; and FirstMortgage, Inc., a mortgage origination company. In the U.S. Virgin Islands, FirstBank operates First Express, a small loan company. First BanCorp’s common shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol FBP.

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