First Merchants Corp., 200 E. Jackson St., Muncie 47305 (www.firstmerchants.com), operates 79 branches in 24 Indiana counties and two Ohio counties. In the first half of 2012, First Merchants earned $8.1 million, or 28 cents per share. In the same period a year earlier, it earned $4.5 million, or 18 cents per share. First Merchants shares trade on NASDAQ under the ticker FRME. Information for Proxy Corner is taken from Yahoo Finance and the company’s proxy statement dated March 16, 2012.
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