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First Bancorp Announces Cash Dividend

Company Release - 9/14/2018 9:00 AM ET

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C., Sept. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of First Bancorp (NASDAQ - FBNC), the parent company of First Bank, has declared a cash dividend on its common stock of $0.10 per share payable on October 25, 2018 to shareholders of record as of September 30, 2018. The $0.10 dividend rate is the same rate that was paid in the previous quarter and represents a 25% increase over the dividend rate of $0.08 paid in the comparable period of 2017.

First Bancorp is a bank holding company headquartered in Southern Pines, North Carolina, with total assets of approximately $5.7 billion. Its principal activity is the ownership and operation of First Bank, a state-chartered community bank that operates 102 branches in North Carolina and South Carolina. First Bank also operates a loan production office in Raleigh, North Carolina. First Bank also provides SBA loans to customers through its nationwide network of lenders – for more information on First Bank's SBA lending capabilities, please visit www.firstbanksba.com. First Bancorp's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "FBNC."

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