Treasury Offers 12 Million TARP Shares in Secondary Offering; THL and Oaktree Join by Each Offering

Treasury Offers 12 Million TARP Shares in Secondary Offering; THL and Oaktree Join by Each Offering 8 Million Shares

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- First BanCorp. (the "Corporation") (NYS: FBP) , the bank holding company for FirstBank Puerto Rico, announced today that various stockholders have commenced a proposed public underwritten offering, subject to market and other conditions, of an aggregate of 28 million shares of the Corporation's common stock, $0.10 par value per share (the "Common Stock"), that they currently own. The United States Department of the Treasury ("Treasury") is offering to sell 12 million shares of Common Stock; funds affiliated with Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P. ("THL") are offering to sell 8 million shares of Common Stock; and funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. ("Oaktree") are offering to sell 8 million shares of Common Stock. Completion of the proposed offering will decrease Treasury's beneficial ownership of our Common Stock from 16.43% to 10.67% (9.81% if the underwriters exercise their option to purchase additional shares of Common Stock in full). The beneficial ownership of THL and Oaktree will each decrease from 24.49% to 20.62% (20.04% if the underwriters exercise their option to purchase additional shares of Common Stock in full) upon completion of the proposed offering. The Corporation will not receive any of the proceeds from the proposed offering.

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, BofA Merrill Lynch, and Sandler O'Neill + Partners, L.P. will act as joint book-running managers for the proposed Common Stock offering. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Sterne Agee & Leach, Guzman & Company and Ramirez & Co., Inc. will act as co-managers.


The offering will be made only by means of a prospectus. A copy of the preliminary prospectus supplement together with the accompanying prospectus relating to the proposed offering may be obtained from:

    
Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLCBofA Merrill LynchSandler O'Neill + Partners, L.P.
Attn: Prospectus Department222 BroadwayAttn: Syndicate Department
One Madison Avenue, 1BNew York, NY 10038

syndicate@sandleroneill.com

New York, NY 10010Attn: Prospectus Department(866) 805-4128

newyork.prospectus@credit-suisse.com

dg.prospectus_requests@baml.com

(800) 221-1037
 

This announcement does not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, shares of Common Stock in any jurisdiction in which such an offer or solicitation, or the sale of shares of Common Stock, would be unlawful without registration or qualification under the securities laws of such jurisdiction. Any offer to sell, or solicitation of an offer to buy, will be made solely by means of a prospectus and related prospectus supplement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). A shelf registration statement related to the proposed offering was filed with the SEC and became effective November 8, 2012.

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 152 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, a broker-dealer subsidiary; First Management of Puerto Rico; and FirstMortgage, Inc., a mortgage origination company. In the U.S. Virgin Islands, FirstBank Puerto Rico operates First Express, a small loan company. First BanCorp's shares of Common Stock trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "FBP."



First BanCorp.
John B. Pelling III, 305-577-6000 Ext. 162
Investor Relations Officer
john.pelling@firstbankpr.com

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