Sandler O’Neill & Partners, L.P. acted as placement agent for the Company in connection with the private placement and Sandler O’Neill Mortgage Finance L.P. acted as agent for the Company in connection with the loan sale.

About Intervest:

Intervest Bancshares Corporation is a bank holding company. Its principal operating subsidiary is Intervest National Bank, a nationally chartered commercial bank that has its headquarters and full-service banking office at One Rockefeller Plaza, in New York City, and a total of six full-service banking offices in Clearwater and Gulfport, Florida. Intervest Bancshares Corporation's Class A Common Stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market:Trading Symbol IBCA.

This press release may contain forward-looking information. Except for historical information, the matters discussed herein are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that may affect the Company’s actual results of operation. The following important factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in forward looking statements: changes in general economic conditions and real estate values in the Company’s market areas; changes in policies by regulatory agencies; fluctuations in interest rates; demand for loans and deposits; and competition. Reference is made to the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for further discussion of risks and uncertainties regarding the Company's business.

About Värde:

Värde is a leading investor in distressed securities and assets, as well as various types of discounted obligations, including non-performing and underperforming corporate, consumer and real estate loans and high yield debt. Established in 1993, Värde is based in Minneapolis, MN with offices in London and Singapore. It has a 15-year track record in investing and resolving distressed assets. With over 145 staff, Värde has over $6.0 billion in assets under management.

About FirstCity: