FirstMerit Completes Acquisition of Citizens Republic Bancorp

        FirstMerit Completes Acquisition of Citizens Republic Bancorp

- Transaction forms 6th largest bank headquartered in Midwest

- FirstMerit footprint now spans five contiguous states

PR Newswire

AKRON, Ohio, April 12, 2013

AKRON, Ohio, April 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --FirstMerit Corporation (Nasdaq:
FMER) announced today that it has consummated its acquisition of Flint,
Michigan-based Citizens' Republic Bancorp.

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With pro-forma combined assets of $24.5 billion, the acquisition makes
FirstMerit the sixth-largest bank headquartered in the Midwest. FirstMerit's
footprint now extends through the contiguous states of Ohio, Michigan,
Wisconsin, Illinois and Pennsylvania. The expanded company employs
approximately 5,000 employees and offers customers more than 400 conveniently
located branches and more than 440 ATM locations.

The transaction, the largest in FirstMerit's history, marks FirstMerit's
entrance into Michigan and Wisconsin and expands its presence in Northeast
Ohio. On Saturday, April 13, 2013, all former Citizens branches will reopen as
FirstMerit locations. Full signage change will occur later this year.

"I am excited to welcome our new employees and clients to FirstMerit," said
Paul G. Greig, chairman, president and CEO. "It will be business as usual for
customers of all former Citizens branches as they become a part of FirstMerit.
Customers will recognize the familiar faces from Citizens who will continue to
take care of their banking needs."

"We are pleased to bring the FirstMerit brand to Michigan and Wisconsin and
look forward to serving the needs of retail, business and wealth management
clients in our communities across the Midwest," said Sandy Pierce, vice
chairman of FirstMerit and chairman and CEO of FirstMerit Michigan. "Our
proven value proposition and 'you first' philosophy have kept us strong and
profitable throughout the economic cycle and position us well to be the bank
of choice with new and existing customers."

About FirstMerit
FirstMerit Corporation is a diversified financial services company
headquartered in Akron, Ohio, with assets of approximately $24.5 billion as of
close of business April 12, 2013, and 415 banking offices and 452 ATM
locations in Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and Pennsylvania. FirstMerit
provides a complete range of banking and other financial services to consumers
and businesses through its core operations. Principal affiliates include:
FirstMerit Bank, N.A., FirstMerit Mortgage Corporation, FirstMerit Title
Agency, Ltd., and FirstMerit Community Development Corporation.

FirstMerit Corporation
Analysts: Thomas O'Malley/Investor Relations Officer
Phone: 330.384.7109
Media Contact: Robert Townsend/Media Relations Officer
Phone: 330.384.7075

SOURCE FirstMerit Corporation

Website: http://www.firstmerit.com
 
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