Farmers & Merchants Bancorp, Inc. Announces Completion of the Ossian Financial Services, Inc. Acquisition

April 30, 2021

ARCHBOLD, Ohio, April 30, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Farmers & Merchants Bancorp, Inc. (“F&M”, “FMAO”, or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: FMAO), the holding company for Farmers & Merchants State Bank, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Ossian Financial Services, Inc. (“OFSI”), the holding company for Ossian State Bank.   

Lars Eller, President and CEO of F&M, stated, “OFSI is our third recent acquisition in Northeast Indiana and immediately enhances our growing franchise within the state.   In fact, since starting our expansion strategy in 2018, and with the addition of OFSI, total assets have nearly doubled to approximately $2.2 billion. On behalf of everyone at F&M, we are pleased to welcome the customers and employees of OFSI to F&M.”

F&M now operates 12 full-service offices and an LPO in Indiana with total deposits of $462 million and total loans of $445 million within the state. With the addition of OFSI, F&M has total assets of approximately $2.2 billion, and provides financial services through a total of 30 full-services offices within Ohio and Indiana, as well as LPOs in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan. Excluding one-time acquisition and integration expenses, the Company expects OFSI will add approximately $0.08 per diluted share to annual earnings for the remainder of 2021.

OFSI branch signage will transition to Farmers & Merchants State Bank on May 1, 2021 and the system conversion will occur on May 24, 2021.

About Farmers & Merchants State Bank:
The Farmers & Merchants State Bank is a local independent community bank that has been serving Northwest Ohio and Northeast Indiana since 1897. The Farmers & Merchants State Bank provides commercial banking, retail banking and other financial services. Our locations are in Fulton, Defiance, Hancock, Henry, Lucas, Williams, and Wood counties in Northwest Ohio. In Northeast Indiana, we have offices located in Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Jay, Steuben, and Wells counties.

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Farmers & Merchants Contacts 
Company Contact:Investor and Media Contact:
Lars B. Eller
President and Chief Executive Officer
Farmers & Merchants Bancorp, Inc.
(419) 446-2501
Andrew M. Berger
Managing Director
SM Berger & Company, Inc.
(216) 464-6400