This press release is neither an offer to exchange nor a solicitation of an offer to sell or purchase Common Stock or Preferred Stock. The Exchange Offer is only being made pursuant to the Prospectus dated February 14, 2013, which was filed with the SEC on February 15, 2013, and the related letter of transmittal, which are 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, or Georgeson Inc., 199 Water Street, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10038; telephone: 866-856-6388 (toll-free) or 212-440-9800 (collect). Investors should read the Prospectus for more complete information about the Corporation and the Exchange Offer. None of the Corporation, the dealer manager, the exchange agent, the information agent or any other person is making any recommendation as to whether holders of 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, a state-chartered commercial bank with operations in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Florida, and of FirstBank Insurance Agency. First BanCorp. and FirstBank 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 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 Stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FBP.”