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Banking Board Approves First Regulatory Step in OFG’s Acquisition of Scotiabank’s USVI Operations

Company Release - 7/25/2019 1:00 PM ET

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- OFG Bancorp (NYSE: OFG) today announced the Virgin Islands Banking Board has approved the first regulatory step related to the acquisition by OFG’s Oriental Bank of Scotiabank’s US Virgin Island operations.

The permit authorizes Oriental to organize a bank in the Territory. To assume Scotiabank’s operations and start serving customers in the USVI, Oriental will also need a license and approval from the Board and approvals from federal and Puerto Rico regulators.

“The Board was pleased with Oriental Bank’s presentation and its overall positive view of the economic impact its presence will have in the Territory,” said Lt. Governor Tregenza A. Roach, Chairman of the Virgin Islands Banking Board.

“We appreciate the consideration the Board gave our application and the assistance of the Division of Banking, Insurance and Financial Regulation in the application process,” said Dr. Ganesh Kumar, Senior Executive Vice President of OFG Bancorp.

“We look forward to a long and beneficial relationship as we have had for more than 50 years in Puerto Rico,” Dr. Kumar said.

About OFG Bancorp

Now in its 55th year in business, OFG Bancorp is a diversified financial holding company that operates under U.S. and Puerto Rico banking laws and regulations. Its three principal subsidiaries, Oriental Bank, Oriental Financial Services and Oriental Insurance, provide a wide range of retail and commercial banking, lending and wealth management products, services and technology, primarily in Puerto Rico. Visit us at

Puerto Rico:Idalis Montalvo ( at (787) 777-2847
US:Gary Fishman ( and Steven Anreder ( at (212) 532-3232

Source: OFG Bancorp