Mercantile Repurchases $11.0 million in Trust Preferred Securities

Repurchase results in an after-tax gain of $1.8 million, or $0.11 per diluted share

Jan 26, 2016, 16:15 ET from Mercantile Bank Corporation

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercantile Bank Corporation (NASDAQ:   MBWM) ("Mercantile") announced today that it closed on a repurchase of trust preferred securities that were being auctioned as part of a liquidation of a pooled collateralized debt obligation ("Fund").  The Fund owned $11.0 million of the $32.0 million in trust preferred securities that had been issued by Mercantile Bank Capital Trust I, a wholly-owned business trust subsidiary of Mercantile.  The $11.0 million in trust preferred securities has been retired, resulting in a commensurate reduction in the related Floating Rate Junior Subordinate Note, leaving $21.0 million outstanding with a rate of 90-Day Libor plus 218 basis points, currently 2.80%.

Mercantile's winning bid equated to 73% of the $11.0 million par value, with the 27% discount resulting in an after-tax gain of approximately $1.8 million, or $0.11 per share.  The following table reflects the impact of the transaction on various capital-related ratios on a pro forma basis as of December 31, 2015:



Pro Forma

            Tangible Equity to Tangible Assets                           



            Tier 1 Leverage Capital Ratio                                      



            Common Equity Risk-Based Capital Ratio               



            Tier 1 Risk-Based Capital Ratio                                  



            Total Risk-Based Capital Ratio                                   



            Book Value Per Share                                              



            Tangible Book Value Per Share                                 




Mercantile is funding the repurchase via a cash dividend from its banking subsidiary, Mercantile Bank of Michigan ("Mercantile Bank").  That cash dividend results in a reduction of Mercantile Bank's regulatory capital ratios of approximately 35 basis points; however, with a pro forma Tier 1 Leverage Capital Ratio of 11.29% and a Total Risk-Based Capital Ratio of 13.16%, Mercantile Bank's capital levels remain well above the "well capitalized" minimums.

"We are pleased to have executed this partial repurchase of our trust preferred securities.  The resulting gain provided for an increase in our tangible capital-related ratios, and our regulatory capital ratios remain strong and well above the well capitalized categorization thresholds," said Michael Price, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mercantile.

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 approximately $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
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