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FNCB Authorizes Issuance of Subordinated Debt


DUNMORE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Regulators are increasingly encouraging financial institutions to maintain higher capital ratios. At a meeting held on August 28, 2009, the Board of Directors of First National Community Bancorp, Inc. ("FNCB") (OTCBB:FNCB), in recognition of that encouragement, approved the issuance of up to $25 million of subordinated notes. The notes will carry a fixed interest rate of 9.00% and will mature on September 1, 2019. The notes will be offered through a Private Placement Memorandum on a best efforts basis and are available only to accredited investors.

Speaking on behalf of FNCB's Board of Directors, J. David Lombardi, President, Chief Executive Officer, and Acting Chairman of the Board, stated, "The offering is a proactive measure to strengthen the Company's capital position, improve liquidity and increase the Bank's lending capacity. While capital levels at June 30, 2009 exceed the regulatory minimum for "well capitalized", the Board of Directors believes FNCB's ability to raise additional capital at this time is both an endorsement of our strategy and performance and is in the best interests of shareholders. The additional capital will support FNCB's continuing growth objectives."

The notes are not insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation ("FDIC") nor are they guaranteed under the FDIC's Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program. The offering is expected to commence on September 1, 2009 and continue through December 31, 2009, unless extended by the Company, or until all the notes are sold.

Any questions regarding the offering should be directed to William S. Lance, Executive Vice President at (570) 348-6438.

This does not constitute an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy any of the securities of First National Community Bancorp, Inc. The Offering is made only by a Private Placement Memorandum and the Private Placement Memorandum may only be used where it is legal to sell these securities. There can be no assurance that FNCB will raise all, or any, of the $25 million of subordinated notes approved by the Board of Directors.

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    Source: First National Community Bancorp, Inc.
Contact: First National Community Bancorp, Inc. William S. Lance Executive Vice President 570-348-6438

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