Farmers & Merchants Bancorp, Inc. Announces Completion of the Peoples-Sidney Financial Corporation Acquisition

October 3, 2022

ARCHBOLD, Ohio, Oct. 03, 2022 (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 Peoples-Sidney Financial Corporation (“Peoples” or “PPSF”).

Lars Eller, President and CEO of F&M, stated, “We are thrilled to complete the Peoples acquisition, which is the fifth acquisition we have closed since 2019. Peoples expands our presence in Sidney and greater Shelby County, and we are excited to bring our community-oriented banking and financial services to customers across these markets. Our successful acquisition strategy combined with strong organic growth has helped increase our bank assets to over $2.8 billion. On behalf of everyone at F&M, we are pleased to welcome the employees and customers of Peoples to F&M.”

With the addition of PPSF, F&M now operates 33 full-service branches with total deposits of $2.3 billion and total loans of $2.1 billion at June 30, 2022. F&M provides financial services through its offices within Ohio and Indiana, as well as Loan Production Offices in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan.

PPSF branch signage transitioned to Farmers & Merchants State Bank on October 1, 2022 and the system conversion will occur on December 5, 2022.

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 Champaign, Fulton, Defiance, Hancock, Henry, Lucas, Williams, and Wood counties in Western Ohio. In Northeast Indiana, we have offices located in Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Jay, Steuben and Wells counties, and we have Loan Production Offices in West Bloomfield, Michigan; Muncie, Indiana; and Bryan and Oxford, Ohio.

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Farmers & Merchants Contacts

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Lars B. Eller
President and Chief Executive Officer Farmers
& Merchants Bancorp, Inc.
(419) 446-2501
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(216) 464-6400