Press Release

Mercantile Bank Corporation Increases Regular Cash Dividend

Board declares $0.26 regular quarterly cash dividend on common stock resulting in a current annual yield of approximately 3.3 percent

Company Release - 1/22/2019 5:00 AM ET

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercantile Bank Corporation (NASDAQ: MBWM) ("Mercantile") announced today that on January 17, 2019, its Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.26 per common share, payable on March 20, 2019, to holders of record as of March 8, 2019.  The $0.26 cash dividend represents an increase of 4.0 percent from the $0.25 regular cash dividend paid during the fourth quarter of 2018.

"We are very pleased that our ongoing financial strength has allowed us to reward shareholders with a higher regular quarterly cash dividend," said Robert B. Kaminski, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of Mercantile.  "The increased cash dividend depicts our commitment to provide shareholders with a competitive dividend yield, along with our desire to sustain the cash dividend payout between 35 percent and 40 percent of net income.  As evidenced by the cash dividend program, our Board of Directors and executive management team are confident that Mercantile will produce solid operating results in future periods."

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 $3.4 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.



            Robert B. Kaminski, Jr.

Charles Christmas

            President & CEO

Executive Vice President & CFO




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