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Mercantile Bank Corporation Increases Cash Dividend

Board declares $0.24 regular quarterly cash dividend on common stock resulting in a current annual yield of 2.6%

Company Release - 7/17/2018 6:00 AM ET

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., July 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercantile Bank Corporation (NASDAQ: MBWM) ("Mercantile") announced today that on July 12, 2018, its Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.24 per common share, payable on September 19, 2018 to holders of record as of September 7, 2018.  The $0.24 cash dividend represents an increase of approximately 9 percent from the $0.22 cash dividend paid during both the first and second quarters of 2018.

"We are very pleased that our sustained financial strength enabled us to declare an increased third quarter cash dividend, reflecting our ongoing commitment to provide shareholders with a meaningful return," said Robert B. Kaminski, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of Mercantile.  "Our robust capital levels and earnings performance have positioned us to meet growth objectives and continue the cash dividend program, and the increased cash dividend conveys 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 approximately $3.3 billion and operates 47 banking offices.  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.

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