SOURCE: Mercantile Bancorp, Inc.

Mercantile Bancorp, Inc.

December 28, 2010 18:27 ET

Mercantile Bancorp Announces Revised Third Quarter 2010 Loan Loss Provision and Deferred Tax Asset Valuation Allowance

QUINCY, IL--(Marketwire - December 28, 2010) - Mercantile Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE Amex: MBR) today announced it has recorded additional noncash losses of approximately $16.3 million for the period ended September 30, 2010. The noncash losses relate to an additional loan loss provision of approximately $6.2 million, reflecting the additional write-down of two commercial real estate loans (subject to any potential recovery), and an additional valuation allowance related to its deferred tax assets of approximately $10.1 million. The Company determined that it needed to make the additional noncash loan loss provision of $6.2 million based on the results of a recent regularly scheduled safety and soundness examination conducted jointly by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Illinois Division of Financial Institutions and completed in December.

Due to the determination of the additional loan loss provision, the Company has also amended its third quarter 2010 results to record an additional valuation allowance to offset the remaining balance of the Company's and each of its subsidiary banks' deferred tax assets, a noncash loss amounting to approximately $10.1 million. This adjustment reflects the Company's current capital structure and potential to generate sufficient taxable income to realize these assets in future near-term periods, as defined by generally accepted accounting principles. As previously announced, the Company is working with its financial advisors and legal counsel in assessing its strategic and capital-raising options.

The Company intends to file an amended Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2010 as soon as practicable to reflect these adjustments. The decision to restate the Company's financial statements for the third quarter of 2010 to reflect the combined approximately $16.3 million in noncash losses was made and authorized by the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of the Company, upon the recommendation of management and discussions with the Company's auditors.

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About Mercantile Bancorp
Mercantile Bancorp, Inc. is a Quincy, Illinois-based bank holding company with majority-owned subsidiaries consisting of one bank in each of Illinois, 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 Mercantile Bank branch offices in Missouri and Indiana. In addition, the Company has minority investments in six community banks in Missouri, Georgia, Florida, Colorado, California, and Tennessee. Further information is available on the company's website at

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