SOURCE: Mercantile Bancorp, Inc.

Mercantile Bancorp, Inc.

December 21, 2009 08:00 ET

Mercantile Bancorp Completes HNB National Bank Transaction

QUINCY, IL--(Marketwire - December 21, 2009) - Mercantile Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE Amex: MBR) today announced it has finalized a debt exchange transaction that eliminates $28 million of debt owed to Great River Bancshares, Inc., and has transferred control of HNB National Bank to R. Dean Phillips, the sole shareholder of Great River. Phillips owns, through participations from Great River, more than $28 million of the debt owed to Great River.

The exchange of debt for all issued and outstanding stock of HNB National Bank, headquartered in Hannibal, Missouri, leaves approximately $16 million in outstanding debt owed to Phillips and Great River. The Company anticipates the remainder of this debt will be repaid following the closing of a definitive agreement to sell its two smallest banks, Brown County State Bank and Marine Bank & Trust, both based in Illinois, to United Community Bancorp, Inc., of Chatham, Illinois for approximately $25.6 million. Pending regulatory approval, Mercantile expects the sales to close in first quarter 2010.

About Mercantile Bancorp

Mercantile Bancorp, Inc. is a Quincy, Illinois-based bank holding company with majority-owned subsidiaries consisting of three banks in Illinois and one each in Kansas and Florida, where the Company conducts full-service commercial and consumer banking business, engages in mortgage banking, trust services and asset management, and provides other financial services and products. The Company also operates a Mercantile Bank branch office in Indiana and one in Missouri. In addition, the Company has minority investments in eight community banks in Missouri, Georgia, Florida, Colorado, California and Tennessee. Further information is available on the company's website at

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