**FirstCaribbean International Bank** continues to show strong financial performance, crossing the US$6 billion loan mark for the first time. Loans to customers represent one of the key drivers of the bank’s profits.

At the end of the third quarter of the 2007 fiscal, profits at FirstCaribbean were up by 31%. This outstanding achievement continues to build on the strong results of previous years. Charles Pink, CEO, says *“This is indeed another indicator that our bank is financially strong and healthy. I also acknowledge that we could not have achieved this level of success year after year without the on-going support of our 800,000 loyal customers and the dedication of our more than 3,500 staff spread across the region.”*

CEO Pink says while they are very pleased to have crossed the US$6 Billion of loans mark, the key is to delight customers through excellent customer service: delivering first class service is the number one priority for FirstCaribbean, and he says the bank will be relentless in its efforts to achieve this. *”I am very proud of the enthusiasm, commitment and dedication shown by our staff in achieving this important goal,”* he concluded.

The Bank’s business performance continues to be singled out for accolades. Global Finance Magazine, for the 4th year running, awarded the Bank the title of “Best Bank” in Barbados, and the bank’s operations in Jamaica and The Bahamas **(FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited)** copped the title for the first time.