Farmers & Merchants Bancorp, Inc. Receives Regulatory Approval For Perpetual Federal Savings Bank Acquisition

September 21, 2021

David Vernon Elected to Farmers & Merchants’ Board of Directors

ARCHBOLD, Ohio, Sept. 21, 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 received regulatory approvals for the acquisition of Perpetual Federal Savings Bank of Urbana (“PFSB”). In addition, F&M announced that David Vernon, a current Director of PFSB, will join F&M’s Board of Directors upon the completion of the transaction.

Lars Eller, President and CEO of F&M, stated, “I am excited that we will be able to close the PFSB acquisition in under six months demonstrating our growing track record of quickly completing and integrating acquisitions. Of the approximately 64% of votes cast by PFSB shareholders, nearly 98% voted in favor of the transaction. In addition, we recently received the final regulatory approval by the state of Ohio and we intend to complete the acquisition of PFSB on October 1, 2021.”

“I am also happy to announce that David Vernon has been elected to F&M’s Board. Dave and his family operate Vernon Family Funeral Homes in Champaign County, Ohio and are active in numerous organizations throughout Champaign County. As a long standing PFSB director, I look forward to Dave’s continued contributions as a member of F&M’s Board. On behalf of everyone at F&M, we look forward to welcoming PFSB’s customers, employees, and shareholders to the F&M family.”

Dave Vernon stated “PFSB’s customers will benefit from F&M’s expanded banking services and a growing network of offices, while still enjoying the partnership of a community oriented financial institution. I am proud to join the F&M Board and I remain committed to serving our customers, employees and shareholders.”

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, and Steuben 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