UPDATE 2-Doral Financial to raise up to $600 mln, shares fall

* Is the latest Puerto Rican bank chasing deals

* Says will issue up to 126 mln shares

* Stock falls over 12 pct

(Adds analyst comment, updates stock movement)

April 19 (BestGrowthStock) – Mortgage lender Doral Financial Corp
(DRL.N: ) said it will raise up to $600 million through a private
placement, joining a slew of Puerto Rican firms chasing
regulator-backed deals.

Shares of the company which fell 5 percent before market,
dropped further to trade down 12 percent at $5.60 in morning
trade on the New York Stock Exchange.

The company said $180 million of the total raised amount
will be permanent capital, which will also be used to fund a
Federal Deposit Insurance Corp-assisted deal.

The remaining amount will be held in escrow, and is
contingent upon completing an FDIC-assisted deal.

“We believe Doral is likely targeting R&G Financial Corp
(RGFC.PK: ) which represented $6 billion in assets at the end of
2009,” analyst Brett Scheiner of FBR Capital Markets said in a
note to clients.

R&G Financial along with at least two other Puerto Rican
banks are under cease and desist orders from regulators, and
there is rising speculation in the market that the Federal
Deposit Insurance Corp (FDIC) may take over operations.

Puerto Rican banks are likely to see a round of
consolidation soon, as regulators move to close underperforming
lenders, giving Popular Inc (BPOP.O: ), the biggest player, and
Doral Financial an excellent chance to bulk up.

The company will issue 126 million common shares if the
full $600 million is raised, Doral said in a statement.

Doral Financial said the securities to be issued are a
combination of common stock and non-voting, mandatorily
convertible preferred stock.

Barclays Capital acted as exclusive placement agent on
behalf of Doral, the company said in a statement.

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(Reporting by Brenton Cordeiro and Anurag Kotoky in Bangalore;
Editing by Anil D’Silva)

UPDATE 2-Doral Financial to raise up to $600 mln, shares fall