First Merchants Corporation and Ameriana Bancorp Announce the Signing of a Definitive Merger Agreement

MUNCIE, Ind. & NEW CASTLE, Ind.—(BUSINESS WIRE) —First Merchants Corporation
(NASDAQ: FRME) and Ameriana Bancorp (NASDAQ: ASBI) today announced they have executed a
definitive agreement whereby Ameriana Bancorp will merge with and into First Merchants Corporation,
and its wholly owned bank subsidiary, Ameriana Bank, will merge with and into First Merchants Bank,
The merger agreement provides that shareholders of Ameriana Bancorp will have the right to exchange

Muncie First Merchants Community Room Dedication

First Merchants Bank Community Room - June 2015

Pictured left to right:  Megan Jeffers, Mike Stewart, Karen Karmolinski, Mayor Dennis Tyler and Mark Hardwick.


FMC Announces Sale of First Merchants Insurance Group

MUNCIE, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- First Merchants Corporation (NASDAQ – FRME) announced the sale of First Merchants Insurance Group (FMIG), a licensed insurance agency affiliate of First Merchants Bank, N.A. to USI Insurance Services, effective June 12, 2015.

2015 Northwest Indiana and Chicago’s Southland Shred Events


First Merchants Bank is providing free community shred days! Protect your identity and clean out your home or office at the same time.

First Merchants Breaks Ground for New Greenwood Banking Center

Groundbreaking for new Greenwood location


GREENWOOD, Ind. – First Merchants Bank, a subsidiary of First Merchants Corporation, recently broke ground for a new retail banking center at 901 South State Road 135 in Greenwood, Ind.

The new banking center will consolidate three current locations – 18 Providence Drive, 996 South State Road 135 and 648 Treybourne Drive – into a larger, more accessible one.

IC3 and FBI warn of Business Email Compromise

According to an online statement from the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) and the FBI, nearly 2,000 individuals have fallen victim to a wire payment scam across 45 countries, which has led to an estimated loss of $215 million.

In response to the wire payment scam, law enforcement agencies are issuing a widespread warning about a large scale operation that is tricking employees at both small and large businesses, called the Business Email Compromise.

OCC Warns of Phishing Attempt

MUNCIE, Ind. - The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has issued a phishing warning regarding the following excerpt:

Fictitious correspondence, allegedly issued by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) regarding funds purportedly under the control of the OCC and possibly other government entities, is in circulation. Correspondence may be distributed via email, fax, or postal mail.

First Merchants Corporation Announces the Completion of its Merger with Community Bancshares, Inc.

MUNCIE, Ind. - First Merchants Corporation (NASDAQ: FRME) successfully completed its previously announced merger with Community Bancshares, Inc., of Noblesville, Indiana on Friday, November 7, 2014. In connection with the merger, Community Bank has also merged with and into First Merchants Bank. The combined First Merchants Bank has 107 banking centers in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio and approximately $5.9 billion in assets, $3.9 billion in loans, $4.6 billion in deposits, and total shareholders’ equity of $700 million.

Richmond Team Participates in BRAvo! Event

RICHMOND, Ind. - BRAvo! is a Reid Foundation initiative that brings joy to the serious matter of breast cancer. Community members are invited to decorate a bra that tells a story related to strength and survival, perhaps in honor of a breast cancer survivor or in memory of a loved one who had the disease.

Richmond Team Raises Money for ALS Research

RICHMOND, Ind. - In early September, Richmond First Merchants team members were challenged to raise money for ALS research by Banking Center Manager Traci Saunders and Market President Lee Elzemeyer. If the challenge was reached, Traci would participate in the ice bucket challenge.