First Merchants Corporation Announces the Completion of Merger with CFS Bancorp

MUNCIE, Ind. - First Merchants Corporation (NASDAQ: FRME) successfully completed its previously announced merger with CFS Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: CITZ), of Munster, Indiana on Tuesday, November 12, 2013. In connection with the merger, Citizens Financial Bank has also merged with and into First Merchants Bank. The combined First Merchants Bank has 95 banking centers in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio and approximately $3.5 billion in loans, $4.3 billion in deposits, and total assets and shareholders’ equity of $5.5 billion and $653 million, respectively.

First Merchants Gives United

United Way logoMUNCIE, Ind. - Thursday October 17, 2013, marked the end of the United Way of Delaware County fundraising campaign at First Merchants Corporation, and it ended big!  First Merchants is the epitome of what it means to LIVE UNITED. They are the true definition of their motto: The Strength of Big, The Service of Small.

Dragstrip Dash: Oct. 26

Dragstrip Dash logoPLAINFIELD, Ind. - Want to run on the dragstrip at Lucas Oil Raceway?

Local Children Receive School Supplies

Stuff the bus event at the Muncie main officeMUNCIE, Ind. - Throughout the month of July, all Delaware County Banking Centers and the Data Center were collection locations for the Hearts and Hands United 7th Annual Tools for School supply drive.

First Merchants Serves: Red-tail Land Conservancy

First Merchants Serves logoMUNCIE, Ind. - On Friday, April 26, 15 First Merchants employees got 'outside' their comfort zone and participated in the first Delaware County 2013 First Merchants Community Day event at the Red-tail Nature Preserve.

First Merchants Corporation and CFS Bancorp, Inc. Announce the Signing of a Definitive Merger Agreement

MUNCIE, Ind. and MUNSTER, Ind. - First Merchants Corporation (NASDAQ: FRME) and CFS Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: CITZ) today announced they have executed a definitive agreement whereby CFS will merge with and into First Merchants, and its wholly-owned bank subsidiary, Citizens Financial Bank, will merge with and into First Merchants Bank, NA.

Phishing Text Message - ALERT To Customers

Criminals have been adding phishing phone calls and phishing text messaging to their methods of stealing your personal information. They are sending unexpected communications that state there is some sort of problem with your account. Then they instruct you to provide your personal information. This should not be trusted.

Employees Give Christmas Gifts to Delaware County Children

Gifts for dozens of local children enrolled in Head Start of Delaware County await delivery under the Christmas tree at the Muncie Downtown First Merchants banking center.MUNCIE, Ind.

First Merchants Sponsors Economic Outlook Luncheon at BSU

MUNCIE, Ind. - The Muncie region of First Merchants Bank, First Merchants Trust Company and First Merchants Insurance Group was the major sponsor of the 17th annual Indiana Economic Outlook 2013. The Indiana Economic Outlook is an annual luncheon and forecasting event held by the Ball State University Center for Business and Economic Research.

WARNING Keep Your Information Safe This Shopping Season

As we enter the holiday season be aware not only consumer activity will be on the rise but criminals ramp up their efforts to gain access to personal information through various channels as well; phishing e-mails prompting clicking on links, text messages prompting a return call to provide information, phony businesses on social networks with malicious code ready to be installed, and non-legitimate websites claiming to have the "hot" gift of the season.

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