First Merchants Corporation Announces Cash Dividend

MUNCIE, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- First Merchants Corporation (NAS: FRME) declared a cash dividend on November 20, 2012 of $0.03 per share, payable on December 17, 2012, to shareholders of record on December 3, 2012. For purposes of broker trading, the ex-date of the cash dividend is November 28, 2012.

About First Merchants Corporation:


First Merchants Corporation is a financial holding company headquartered in Muncie, Indiana. The Corporation is comprised of First Merchants Bank, N.A., which also operates as Lafayette Bank & Trust, Commerce National Bank, and First Merchants Trust Company as divisions of First Merchants Bank, N.A. First Merchants Corporation also operates First Merchants Insurance Group, a full-service property casualty, personal lines, and healthcare insurance agency.

First Merchants Corporation's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market System under the symbol FRME. Quotations are carried in daily newspapers and can be found on the company's Internet web page (http://www.firstmerchants.com).



First Merchants Corporation
David L. Ortega, 765-378-8937
First Vice President/Director of Investor Relations
http://www.firstmerchants.com

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