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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, October 22, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--First BanCorp. (the "Corporation") (NYSE: FBP), the bank holding company for FirstBank Puerto Rico, announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.10 per share, which represents an increase of 43% or $0.03 per common share compared to its most recent dividend paid in September 2021. The dividend is payable on December 10, 2021 to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 26, 2021.
"We are pleased to announce an increase in the quarterly cash dividend payment on the Corporation’s common stock from $0.07 to $0.10 per share commencing in the fourth quarter of 2021. The dividend, accompanied by our share buyback program, continues to demonstrate the strength of our balance sheet and our commitment to increasing shareholder value," said Aurelio Alemán, President and CEO of Corporation.
The increased quarterly dividend level equates to an annualized dividend of $0.40 per common share.
About First BanCorp.
First BanCorp. is the parent corporation of FirstBank Puerto Rico, a state-chartered commercial bank with operations in Puerto Rico, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and Florida, and of FirstBank Insurance Agency, LLC. Among the subsidiaries of FirstBank Puerto Rico are First Federal Finance Limited Liability Company and First Express, Inc., both small loan companies. First BanCorp.’s shares of common stock trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "FBP."
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