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MERCANTILE BANK CORP FILES (8-K) Disclosing Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement, Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant, Change in Directors or Principal Officers, Financial Statements and Exhibits

May 28, 2014

Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

On May 21, 2014, Mercantile Bank Corporation ("Mercantile" or the "Company") entered into a credit agreement (the "Agreement") with U.S. Bank National Association ("U.S. Bank") pursuant to which U.S. Bank will make a three-year term loan to the Company in the aggregate principal amount of $11 million (the "Loan"). The proceeds of the Loan are expected to be used to pay a portion of the special cash dividend of $2.00 per share to Mercantile shareholders, which the Mercantile board of directors declared on May 9, 2014 payable on May 29, 2014 to shareholders of record on May 22, 2014. Proceeds of the Loan may also be used to pay expenses relating to the proposed merger and for general corporate purposes.

The Loan has an annual interest rate of 3.29%. The Company will pay accrued and unpaid interest on the loan on August 29, 2014 and quarterly thereafter commencing on November 30, 2014 and continuing until the loan is paid in full. The Company will pay principal outstanding under the loan (i) in a onetime payment of $9,000,000 no later than August 29, 2014, and (ii) in equal quarterly installments of $181,818 commencing on November 30, 2014, and (iii) with a final payment on May 21, 2017. Amounts paid or prepaid under the loan may not be reborrowed.

The foregoing description of the Loan is not complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Agreement, which is attached as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report, and the Form of Term Note, which is attached as Exhibit 4.1 to this Current Report, each of which is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 2.03. Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant.

The information set forth under Item 1.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors;

Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

As contemplated by the Agreement and Plan of Merger between Mercantile and Firstbank Corporation, on May 22, 2014 the following directors of the Company tendered their resignations from the Board of Directors of the Company, in each case contingent and effective upon the effective time of the merger, which is expected to be June 1, 2014: Kirk J. Agerson, Edward J. Clark, John F. Donnelly, Michael D. Faas, Doyle A. Hayes, Susan K. Jones, Timothy O. Schad and Robert B. Kaminski, Jr. Each of the foregoing individuals will continue to serve as a director of the Company's subsidiary, Mercantile Bank of Michigan.

There is no disagreement between the Company and any of the foregoing persons known to an executive officer of the Company on any matter relating to the Company's operations, policies or practices.



Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits: 4.1 Form of Term Note. Set forth as Exhibit A to the Credit Agreement, which is attached to this Current Report as Exhibit 10.1 and is incorporated by reference herein. 10.1 Credit Agreement between Mercantile Bank Corporation and U.S. Bank National Association. 3


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