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First BanCorp. (the “Corporation”) (NYSE: FBP), the bank holding company for FirstBank Puerto Rico (“FirstBank” or “the Bank”), announced today that it has extended the expiration date for its offer to issue shares of its common stock, par value $0.10 per share (“Common Stock”), in exchange (the “Exchange Offer”) for any and all of the issued and outstanding shares of Non-Cumulative Perpetual Monthly Income Preferred Stock, Series A through E (collectively, “Preferred Stock”) until midnight on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, unless the Corporation further extends the Exchange Offer or terminates it prior to such date. Proxies related to the consent on the amendments to the certificates of designation for the Preferred Stock will be accepted until the new expiration date.
The Corporation has fixed the Exchange Ratio for the issuance of shares of Common Stock in exchange for shares of Preferred Stock at 3.57 shares of Common Stock for each share of each series of Preferred Stock (the “Exchange Ratio”) validly tendered and not withdrawn that are accepted by the Corporation pursuant to the terms of the Exchange Offer. The Exchange Ratio is based on an increased Exchange Value of $22 per share of Preferred Stock divided by $6.1593, which was the average Volume Weighted Average Price of a share of Common Stock during the five trading-day period that ended on Thursday, March 21, 2013. The Exchange Value will change based upon the price of the Common Stock. As stated in the press release issued by the Corporation on March 22, 2013, the original Exchange Value was $20 and the original Exchange Ratio was 3.24 shares of Common Stock for each share of Preferred Stock.
As of midnight, New York City time, on March 25, 2013, 61,076 shares of Series A Preferred Stock, 31,187 shares of Series B Preferred Stock, 33,516 shares of Series C Preferred Stock, 35,886 shares of Series D Preferred Stock, and 109,137 shares of Series E Preferred Stock have been validly tendered and not withdrawn.