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First Merchants Corporation Announces 2021 Record Results

Thursday, January 27, 2022

First Merchants Corporation (NASDAQ - FRME) has reported fourth quarter 2021 net income of $47.7 million compared to $45.1 million during the same period in 2020.  Earnings per share for the period totaled $.89 per share compared to the fourth quarter 2020 result of $.83 per share.  Net income for the year ended December 31, 2021 totaled $205.5 million, compared to $148.6 million during the same period in 2020.  Year-to-date earnings per share totaled $3.81 compared to $2.74 in 2020.  

Total assets equaled $15.5 billion as of year-end and loans totaled $9.3 billion.  The Corporation experienced organic loan growth of $566 million, or 6.6 percent, during 2021. This was offset by the forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans of $560 million, resulting in net loan growth of $6 million.  Investments increased $1.4 billion, or 43.8 percent, during the year and now total $4.5 billion.  Total deposits equaled $12.7 billion as of year-end and increased by $1.4 billion, or 12.1 percent, during 2021.  

The Corporation’s Allowance for Credit Losses – Loans (ACL) totaled $195.4 million as of year-end, or 2.11 percent of total loans. Net charge-offs for the quarter totaled $4.6 million and no provision expense was recorded during the quarter or during the year ended 2021.  Provision expense taken during the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2020 of $4.5 million and $58.7 million, respectively, reflected our view of increased credit risk in 2020 related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  An increase of $74.1 million in the ACL was also recorded on January 1, 2021 reflecting the adoption of the current expected credit losses (CECL) model.  Non-accrual loans totaled $43.1 million as of year-end.

Mark Hardwick, Chief Executive Officer, stated, “2021 proved to be a record year on many levels, including total assets, loans, deposits, net income and earnings per share.  Our employees, customers and communities showed an incredible amount of toughness, determination, teamwork and compassion for one another during a difficult year.  First Merchants’ future is bright because of this special combination of heart and grit.”  Hardwick also added, “It’s an honor to lead this First Merchants team and to be part of the dynamic markets that we serve.” 

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