Mercantile Bank Corporation Declares Dividend

                Mercantile Bank Corporation Declares Dividend  Board declares $0.12 quarterly cash dividend on common stock resulting in current annual yield of 2.3%  PR Newswire  GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., July 22, 2014  GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercantile Bank Corporation (NASDAQ: MBWM) ("Mercantile") announced today that on July 17, 2014 its Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.12 per common share, payable September 24, 2014 to holders of record as of September 12, 2014.  "Following the completion of the merger with Firstbank Corporation, Mercantile remains in a strong financial condition that has afforded us the ability to declare a third quarter cash dividend, consistent with our continuing commitment to provide a meaningful return to shareholders," said Michael Price, President and CEO of Mercantile. "As we move through the integration of these two great banking organizations, our robust capital position and strong financial condition support our ability to sustain a cash dividend program, and also reflect the confidence of our Board of Directors and executive management team in Mercantile's future."  About Mercantile Bank Corporation Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mercantile Bank Corporation is the bank holding company for Mercantile Bank of Michigan. Mercantile provides banking services to businesses, individuals and governmental units, and 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 communities in central and western Michigan. Mercantile Bank Corporation's common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "MBWM."  Forward-Looking Statements This news release contains comments or information that constitute forward-looking statements (within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) that are based on current expectations that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from the results expressed in forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such a difference include changes in interest rates and interest rate relationships; demand for products and services; the degree of competition by traditional and nontraditional competitors; changes in banking regulation or actions by bank regulators; changes in tax laws; changes in prices, levies, and assessments; our ability to successfully integrate the operations of Mercantile and Firstbank and their respective subsidiary banks; the ability of the combined company to compete in the highly competitive banking and financial services industry; the impact of technological advances; governmental and regulatory policy changes; the outcomes of contingencies; trends in customer behavior as well as their ability to repay loans; changes in local real estate values; changes in the national and local economies; and other factors, including risk factors, disclosed from time to time in filings made by Mercantile with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Mercantile undertakes no obligation to update or clarify forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.  SOURCE Mercantile Bank Corporation  Website: https://www.mercbank.com Contact: AT MERCANTILE BANK CORPORATION: Michael Price, President & CEO, 616-726-1600, mprice@mercbank.com; Charles Christmas, Chief Financial Officer, 616-726-1202, cchristmas@mercbank.com  
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