The Board of Directors of The First Bancorp has declared a quarterly dividend of 19.5 cents per share. This fourth-quarter dividend, which is payable Jan. 28, to shareholders of record as of Jan. 6, is equal to the 19.5 cents per share declared in the previous nine quarters.

“Given the economic climate, I am pleased that we remain profitable and are able to maintain our dividend at its current level,” stated Daniel R. Daigneault, the Company’s President & Chief Executive Officer, in a press release. “The receipt of generous cash dividends is a reason that many of our shareholders continue to invest in The First Bancorp. Given the current low level of interest rates, our dividend yield is very attractive, even after the run up in the price of our shares over the past few weeks.”

The First Bancorp, headquartered in Damariscotta is the holding company for The First, N.A. Founded in 1864, The First is an independent community bank serving Midcoast and Down East Maine with 14 offices in Lincoln, Knox, Hancock and Washington counties. The Bank provides a full range of consumer and commercial banking products and services. First Advisors, a division of The First, provides investment advisory, private banking and trust services from two offices in Lincoln and Hancock counties.