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BayFirst Financial Corp. Announces Amendment to Increase its Stock Repurchase Program

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 14, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BayFirst Financial Corp. (f/k/a First Home Bancorp, Inc.) (OTCQX: FHBI) (“BayFirst” or the “Company”), parent company of First Home Bank, today announced that its board of directors amended its stock repurchase program, initially authorized on January 26, 2021 for the repurchase of up to $100,000 per calendar quarter of the company’s issued and outstanding common stock, to allow the Company to repurchase up to $400,000 per quarter.

The changes to the program will be implemented in the third quarter of 2021 and will continue until the earlier of the date an aggregate of $1,000,000 of common stock has been repurchased, with no more than $400,000 being bought back in one quarter, or October 1, 2022, or termination of the program by the board of directors.

In addition to the increase in the amount that can repurchased under the plan, the Stock Repurchase Program was also amended to allow the Company to either retire the common shares repurchased in the program or distribute the repurchased shares through the Company’s Dividend Reinvestment and Stock Purchase Plan, Employee Stock Ownership Plan, or Nonqualified Stock Purchase Plan. Any repurchased shares that are retired will be held as unissued shares available for use and reissuance for purposes as and when determined by the board.

BayFirst Financial Corp. trades on OTCQX under the symbol “FHBI.” U.S. investors can find current financial disclosures and Real-Time Level 2 quotes for the bank at www.otcmarkets.com.

About BayFirst Financial Corp.

BayFirst Financial Corp. (f/k/a First Home Bancorp, Inc.) is a registered bank holding company which commenced operations on September 1, 2000. Its primary source of income is from its wholly owned subsidiary, First Home Bank, which commenced business operations on February 12, 1999. First Home Bank is a Federal Reserve member and a state-chartered banking institution. The Bank operates six full-service office locations, 26 mortgage loan production offices, and is in the top 50 by dollar volume and top 20 by number of units, of nation-wide SBA lenders.

BayFirst Financial Corp., through the Bank, offers a broad range of commercial and consumer banking services including various types of deposit accounts and loans for businesses and individuals. As of June 30, 2021, BayFirst Financial Corp. had $1.20 billion in total assets, of which $430 million consisted of loans made under the Paycheck Protection Program.

Forward Looking Statements

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Anthony N. Leo

Jeffrey M. Hunt

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Strategy Officer