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Mercantile Bank Corporation Declares Dividend

Board declares $0.12 quarterly cash dividend on common stock resulting in current annual yield of 2.3%

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercantile Bank Corporation (NASDAQ: MBWM) ("Mercantile") announced today that on January 16, 2014 its Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.12 per common share, payable March 10, 2014 to holders of record as of February 10, 2014.

"We are pleased that Mercantile's strong financial condition has afforded us the ability to declare a first quarter cash dividend, consistent with our continuing commitment to provide a meaningful return to shareholders," said Michael Price, Chairman and CEO of Mercantile. "Our robust capital position and strong earnings performance support our ability to sustain a cash dividend program, and also reflect the confidence of our Board of Directors and 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. 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 seven full-service banking offices in Grand Rapids, Holland and Lansing, 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; 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

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