SOURCE: Doral Financial Corporation

February 11, 2010 18:18 ET

Doral Financial Announces Preferred Stock Exchange Offer

SAN JUAN, PR--(Marketwire - February 11, 2010) - Doral Financial Corporation (NYSE: DRL) ("Doral" or the "Company"), the holding company of Doral Bank, today filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) an offer to exchange up to 16,500,000 shares of its common stock for issued and outstanding shares of its 7.00% Noncumulative Monthly Income Preferred Stock, Series A ("Series A Preferred Stock"), 8.35% Noncumulative Monthly Income Preferred Stock, Series B ("Series B Preferred Stock"), 7.25% Noncumulative Monthly Income Preferred Stock, Series C ("Series C Preferred Stock"), and 4.75% Perpetual Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock ("Convertible Preferred Stock" and together the "Preferred Stock"). The exchange offer is scheduled to expire at 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on March 12, 2010, unless extended.

Upon the terms and subject to the conditions of the exchange offer, each share of Series A Preferred Stock tendered and accepted will be exchanged for 4.12 shares of Doral common stock; each share of Series B Preferred Stock tendered and accepted will be exchanged for 2.06 shares of Doral common stock; each share of Series B Preferred Stock tendered and accepted will be exchanged for 2.06 shares of Doral common stock; and each share of Convertible Preferred Stock tendered and accepted will be exchanged for 20.59 shares of Doral common stock.

The Company will issue no more than 16,500,000 shares of Doral common stock in the exchange offer. Depending on the number of shares of Preferred Stock tendered in the exchange offer, the Company may have to prorate tendered shares of Preferred Stock to remain within this limit.

UBS Investment Bank is acting as the dealer manager and MacKenzie Partners is acting as exchange agent and information agent for this transaction. For further details please contact UBS Liability Management Group at (888) 719-4210 (toll-free) or (203) 719-4210 (collect) or MacKenzie Partners at (800) 322-2885 (toll-free), (212) 929-5500 (collect) or email at

Important Additional Information about the Preferred Stock Exchange Offer

This press release is provided for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to exchange nor a solicitation of an offer to sell Doral common or preferred stock. The offer to exchange Doral's Preferred Stock is only being made pursuant to the Registration Statement on Form S-4, as amended (including the prospectus, the letter of transmittal and related offer documents). Holders of the Preferred Stock must make their own decision whether to tender shares in the exchange offer, and, if so, the liquidation amount of Preferred Stock to tender. Neither Doral, the dealer manager, the information agent, the exchange agent nor any other person is making any recommendation as to whether or not holders of the Preferred Stock should tender their shares of Preferred Stock for exchange in the exchange offer.

Investors and security holders are urged to read the prospectus (including the related letter of transmittal) and any amendments or supplements thereto and any other documents relating to the exchange offer that are filed with the SEC carefully and in their entirety because they contain important information. Investors and security holders can obtain free copies of any such documents filed with the SEC by Doral at and through the web site maintained by the SEC at Free copies of any such documents can also be obtained by directing a request to Doral's information agent, MacKenzie Partners, Inc at (800) 322-2885.


Statements included herein may constitute forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements may relate to the Company's financial condition, results of operations, plans, objectives, future performance and business, including, but not limited to, statements with respect to the adequacy of the allowance for loan and lease losses, market risk and the impact of interest rate changes, capital markets conditions, capital adequacy and liquidity, and the effect of legal proceedings and new accounting standards on the Company's financial condition and results of operations. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts, and are generally identified by the use of words or phrases such as "would be," "will allow," "intends to," "will likely result," "are expected to," "will continue," "is anticipated," "estimate," "project," "believe," "expect," "may" or similar expressions.

Doral Financial cautions readers not to place undue reliance on any of these forward-looking statements since they speak only as of the date made and represent Doral Financial's expectations of future conditions or results and are not guarantees of future performance. The Company does not undertake and specifically disclaims any obligations to update any forward-looking statements to reflect occurrences or unanticipated events or circumstances after the date of those statements.

Forward-looking statements are, by their nature, subject to risks and uncertainties. While there is no assurance that any list of risks and uncertainties or risk factors is complete, below are certain important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement:

--  the continued recessionary conditions of the Puerto Rico and the
    United States economies and the continued weakness in the performance
    of the United States capital markets leading to, among other things,
    (i) a deterioration in the credit quality of our loans and other
    assets, (ii) decreased demand for our products and services and lower
    revenue and earnings, (iii) reduction in our interest margins, and (iv)
    decreased availability and increased pricing of our funding sources,
    including brokered certificates of deposit;

--  the strength or weakness of the real estate markets and of the
    consumer and commercial credit sectors and its impact in the credit
    quality of our loans and other assets which may lead to, among other
    things, an increase in our non-performing loans, charge-offs and loan
    loss provisions;

--  a decline in the market value and estimated cash flows of our mortgage-
    backed securities and other assets may result in the recognition of
    other-than-temporary impairment of such assets under generally accepted
    accounting principles in the United States of America ("GAAP");

--  our ability to derive sufficient income to realize the benefit of the
    deferred tax assets;

--  uncertainty about the legislative and other measures adopted by the
    Puerto Rico government in response to its fiscal situation and the
    impact of such measures on several sectors of the Puerto Rico economy;

--  uncertainty about the effectiveness of the various actions undertaken
    to stimulate the United States economy and stabilize the United States
    financial markets, and the impact of such actions on our business,
    financial condition and results of operations;

--  changes in interest rates, which may result from changes in the fiscal
    and monetary policy of the federal government, and the potential impact
    of such changes in interest rates on our net interest income and the
    value of our loans and investments;

--  the commercial soundness of our various counterparties of financing
    and other securities transactions, which could lead to possible losses
    when the collateral held by us to secure the obligations of the
    counterparty is not sufficient or to possible delays or losses in
    recovering any excess collateral belonging to us held by the

--  our ability to collect payment of a receivable from Lehman Brothers,
    Inc. ("LBI"), which results from the excess of the value of securities
    owned by Doral Financial that were held by LBI above the amounts owed
    by Doral Financial under certain terminated repurchase agreements and
    forward agreement;

--  higher credit losses because of federal or state legislation or
    regulatory action that either (i) reduces the amount that our borrowers
    are required to pay us, or (ii) limits our ability to foreclose on
    properties or collateral or makes foreclosures less economically

--  developments in the regulatory and legal environment for financial
    services companies in Puerto Rico and the United States as a result of,
    among other things, recent legislative and regulatory proposals made by
    the federal government;

--  changes in our accounting policies or in accounting standards, and
    changes in how accounting standards are interpreted or applied;

--  general competitive factors and industry consolidation;

--  potential adverse outcome in the legal or regulatory actions or
    proceedings described in "Legal matters" in the Company's Registration
    Statement on Form S-4 relating to the exchange offer, as updated from
    time to time in the Company's subsequent filings with the SEC; and

--  the other risks and uncertainties detailed in "Risk factors" in the
    Company's Registration Statement on Form S-4 relating to the exchange
    offer, as updated from time to time in the Company's future filings
    with the SEC.

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