Damariscotta-based The First Bancorp announced a fourth-quarter dividend to shareholders of 19.5 cents per share, unchanged from the previous nine quarters.

The dividend is payable on Jan. 28, 2011, to shareholders of record on Jan. 6, 2011.

First Bancorp President and CEO Daniel Daigneault said the company’s “generous cash dividends” are one reason shareholders continue to invest in the company.

Shares in the company dipped to $15.19 from $15.52 in morning trading.

First Bancorp, a holding company of The First, N.A., has 14 branches in Lincoln, Knox, Hancock and Washington counties.