Washington, D.C. 20549






Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (date of earliest event reported): June 30, 2020



Mercantile Bank Corporation

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)





(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)

(Commission File Number)

(IRS Employer Identification Number)


310 Leonard Street NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan


(Address of principal executive offices)

(Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code

(616) 406-3000



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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class

Trading Symbol(s)

Name of each exchange on which registered

Common Stock


The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC




Item 2.05 Costs Associated with Exit or Disposal Activities.


The Board of Directors of Mercantile Bank of Michigan (“Mercantile Bank”), the wholly-owned banking subsidiary of Mercantile Bank Corporation, has approved a branch network efficiency plan pursuant to which Mercantile Bank would, among other things, close three branch offices, subject to applicable regulatory requirements, during the fourth quarter of 2020, and implement related staff reductions. The branch offices to be closed are located in downtown Lakeview, Ionia and Alma.


The branch office closures are designed to maintain operational efficiency while continuing to provide banking services to the affected customers with nominal impact. Mercantile Bank currently operates banking facilities in close proximity (less than two miles in all three instances) to the branch offices to be closed, and will be expanding and remodeling said facilities to absorb relocated personnel and expected additional transaction activity. Impacted customers will also continue to have access to existing ATM, online, mobile and phone banking channels.


As a result of these branch network efficiency actions, Mercantile Bank expects to record a total pre-tax charge of approximately $0.3 million during the second quarter of 2020 for severance and related payments and approximately $1.5 million during the fourth quarter of 2020 for valuation adjustments on the branch facilities.


Projected savings as a result of these branch network efficiency actions are anticipated to be approximately $0.7 million per year on a pre-tax basis.






Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.



Date: June 30, 2020

Mercantile Bank Corporation




By:  /s/ Charles E. Christmas                                     

Charles E. Christmas

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial

Officer and Treasurer