Mercantile Bank Corporation And Firstbank Corporation Complete Merger

    Mercantile Bank Corporation And Firstbank Corporation Complete Merger

Merger Forms Third Largest Michigan-Domiciled Bank Holding Company

PR Newswire

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., June 2, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., June 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercantile Bank Corporation
(NASDAQ: MBWM) ("Mercantile") and Firstbank Corporation (NASDAQ: FBMI)
("Firstbank") today announced the completion of their merger, effective as of
June 1, 2014, creating the third largest Bank Holding Company incorporated in
Michigan. The combined company will operate as Mercantile Bank Corporation and
has approximately $2.9 billion in assets and 53 locations across Michigan.

Michael Price will continue to lead Mercantile Bank Corporation as President
and Chief Executive Officer, and Thomas Sullivan, former Firstbank President
and Chief Executive Officer, will serve as Chairman of the Board.

"This merger creates a company with a strong and stable source of core
funding, excellence in commercial lending and the ability to deliver industry
leading technology," said Michael Price. "As a result of this merger, the
combined Mercantile Bank Corporation has a strengthened competitive position
with an expanded geographic footprint. The combined company has a more robust
offering of products and services, an enhanced retail delivery system, a more
diversified loan portfolio and greater origination capabilities. We are
excited about the future of our organization and the meaningful opportunities
for our outstanding team members to bring an extensive array of products and
services to both current and potential clients."

As a result of the merger, Firstbank shareholders received a fixed ratio of
1.00 share of Mercantile common stock for each share of Firstbank common
stock, implying a transaction value per share of $21.43 or approximately
$173.3 million in the aggregate based upon Mercantile's closing price as of
May 30, 2014. Mercantile shareholders received approximately 52% of the stock
in the combined company; Firstbank shareholders received approximately 48%.

About Mercantile Bank Corporation

Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mercantile Bank Corporation is the bank
holding company for Mercantile Bank of Michigan, Firstbank and Keystone
Community Bank. Founded in 1997 to provide banking services to businesses,
individuals and governmental units, the Bank differentiates itself on the
basis of service quality and the expertise of its banking staff. Mercantile
has assets of $2.9 billion and operates 53 banking offices serving central and
western Michigan.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of
Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, and Section 21E of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934. These include statements regarding the expected benefits
of the merger and statements preceded by, followed by or that otherwise
include the words "opportunity" or similar expressions. Forward-looking
statements are based upon information available to Mercantile as of today's
date, and are not guarantees of the future performance of the combined
company, and actual results may vary materially from the results and
expectations discussed. Risks and uncertainties include the successful
integration of Mercantile and Firstbank and their respective subsidiary banks,
and ability of the combined company to compete in the highly competitive
banking and financial services industry. Additional information concerning
these and other risks is contained in Mercantile's most recently filed Annual
Report on Form 10-K, subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, recent Current
Reports on Form 8-K and other SEC filings. Mercantile does not undertake any
obligation to publicly update any of these forward-looking statements to
reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date hereof.

SOURCE Mercantile Bank Corporation

Website: https://www.mercbank.com
Contact: MEDIA: Amanda Passage, Lambert, Edwards & Associates, 616-233-0500,
apassage@lambert-edwards.com; INVESTORS: Chuck Christmas, Mercantile Bank
Corporation, 616-726-1202, cchristmas@mercbank.com; Bob Burton, Lambert,
Edwards & Associates, 678-576-2991, rburton@lambert-edwards.com
 
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