First Merchants Corp., 200 E. Jackson St., Muncie 47305, operates 106 branches in 27 Indiana counties, two Ohio counties and two Illinois counties. In the first quarter of 2017, First Merchants earned $23.2 million, or 56 cents per share. That compares to earnings of $17.7 million, or 43 cents per share, in the same period a year earlier. First Merchants shares trade on NASDAQ under FRME. Information for Proxy Corner is taken from Yahoo Finance and the company’s proxy statement dated March 21, 2017. View full Proxy Corner feature.