First BanCorp. Increases Quarterly Cash Dividend on Common Stock to $0.16
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 $0.16 per share, which represents an increase of 14% or $0.02 per common share compared to its most recent dividend paid in December 2023. The dividend is payable on March 8, 2024 to shareholders of record at the close of business on February 23, 2024.
"We are pleased to announce an increase in the quarterly cash dividend payment on the Corporation's common stock from $0.14 to $0.16 per share starting in the first quarter of 2024. The dividend, accompanied by our share buyback program, demonstrates our continued commitment to increasing shareholder value, while maintaining a strong capital position," said Aurelio Alemán, President and CEO of Corporation.
The increased quarterly dividend level equates to an annualized dividend rate of $0.64 per common share.
About First BanCorp.
First BanCorp. is the parent corporation of FirstBank Puerto Rico, a state-chartred 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 is First Federal Finance Limited Liability Company, a small loans company. First BanCorp's shares of common stock trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "FBP."
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