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Executive Summary

First Merchants Corporation operates as the financial holding company for First Merchants Bank that provides community banking services.

Snowflake Analysis

Flawless balance sheet, undervalued and pays a dividend.

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Share Price & News

How has First Merchants's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: FRME's share price has been volatile over the past 3 months.

Market Performance

7 Day Return




US Banks


US Market

1 Year Return




US Banks


US Market

Return vs Industry: FRME underperformed the US Banks industry which returned -28.3% over the past year.

Return vs Market: FRME underperformed the US Market which returned 6.7% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day-9.0%-3.8%1.3%
30 Day-17.9%-19.8%-0.3%
90 Day-17.2%-10.1%16.6%
1 Year-35.6%-37.5%-28.3%-30.8%8.4%6.1%
3 Year-36.6%-40.9%-20.8%-27.1%35.8%26.9%
5 Year1.3%-9.0%0.8%-11.4%62.7%44.7%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is First Merchants's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

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Is First Merchants undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Undervalued compared to fair value

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: FRME ($23.67) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($31.3)

Significantly Below Fair Value: FRME is trading below fair value by more than 20%.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: FRME is good value based on its PE Ratio (7.8x) compared to the Banks industry average (9.2x).

PE vs Market: FRME is good value based on its PE Ratio (7.8x) compared to the US market (16.2x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: FRME's earnings are forecast to decline next year, so we can't calculate its PEG ratio.

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: FRME is good value based on its PB Ratio (0.7x) compared to the US Banks industry average (0.8x).

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Future Growth

How is First Merchants forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 6 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: FRME's earnings are forecast to decline over the next 3 years (-4.6% per year).

Earnings vs Market: FRME's earnings are forecast to decline over the next 3 years (-4.6% per year).

High Growth Earnings: FRME's earnings are forecast to decline over the next 3 years.

Revenue vs Market: FRME's revenue (1.2% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the US market (9.3% per year).

High Growth Revenue: FRME's revenue (1.2% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: FRME's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (6.7%).

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Past Performance

How has First Merchants performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: FRME has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: FRME's current net profit margins (36.2%) are lower than last year (39%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: FRME's earnings have grown significantly by 23% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: FRME's has had negative earnings growth over the past year, so it can't be compared to its 5-year average.

Earnings vs Industry: FRME had negative earnings growth (-0.9%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Banks industry average (1.8%).

Return on Equity

High ROE: FRME's Return on Equity (9%) is considered low.

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Financial Health

How is First Merchants's financial position? (This company is analysed differently as a bank or financial institution)

Financial Position Analysis

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Balance Sheet

Financial Institutions Analysis

Asset Level: FRME's Assets to Equity ratio (7.1x) is low.

Allowance for Bad Loans: FRME has a sufficient allowance for bad loans (610%).

Low Risk Liabilities: 90% of FRME's liabilities are made up of primarily low risk sources of funding.

Loan Level: FRME has an appropriate level of Loans to Assets ratio (67%).

Low Risk Deposits: FRME's Loans to Deposits ratio (86%) is appropriate.

Level of Bad Loans: FRME has an appropriate level of bad loans (0.2%).

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What is First Merchants's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: FRME's dividend (4.39%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.68%).

High Dividend: FRME's dividend (4.39%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (4.58%).

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: FRME's dividend payments have been volatile in the past 10 years.

Growing Dividend: FRME's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its reasonably low payout ratio (34.3%), FRME's dividend payments are well covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: FRME's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be well covered by earnings (48.2% payout ratio).

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How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?


Average management tenure


Mike Rechin (61yo)





Mr. Michael C. Rechin, also known as Mike has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of First Merchants Corporation since April 24, 2007. Mr. Rechin serves as the Chief Executive Officer of First M ...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Mike's total compensation ($USD1.70M) is below average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD4.72M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Mike's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.

Leadership Team

Michael Rechin
President13.25yrsUS$1.70m0.20% $2.6m
Mark Hardwick
Executive VP18.25yrsUS$993.69k0.15% $2.0m
Stephan Fluhler
Senior VP & Chief Information Officer6.17yrsUS$523.96k0.033% $418.9k
Michael Stewart
Executive VP & Chief Banking Officer13.58yrsUS$909.66k0.12% $1.6m
John Martin
Executive VP & Chief Credit Officer11.08yrsUS$709.32k0.070% $891.3k
Nicole Weaver
VP & Director of Corporate Administrationno datano datano data
Brian Hunt
Secretary & Legal Counsel2.5yrsno datano data
Karen Evens
VP & Director of Marketing15.42yrsno datano data
Steven Harris
Senior Vice President & Director of Human Resources3.75yrsno data0.012% $151.9k
Jeffrey Lorentson
Senior VP & Chief Risk Officer13.08yrsUS$165.10k0.024% $308.1k


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Management: FRME's management team is seasoned and experienced (13.1 years average tenure).

Board Members

Michael Rechin
President13.25yrsUS$1.70m0.20% $2.6m
Jean Wojtowicz
Independent Director16.5yrsUS$113.49k0.064% $815.6k
William Hoy
Independent Director12.75yrsUS$105.09k0.052% $671.6k
Charles Schalliol
Independent Chairman of the Board13.25yrsUS$149.62k0.087% $1.1m
Gary Lehman
Independent Director9.17yrsUS$113.09k0.076% $974.9k
Patrick Sherman
Independent Director11.17yrsUS$103.42k0.084% $1.1m
F. Halderman
Independent Director6.67yrsUS$108.76k0.023% $295.9k
Michael Becher
Independent Director8.08yrsUS$113.19k0.025% $323.3k
Michael Marhenke
Independent Director2.67yrsUS$96.01k0.065% $828.1k
Michael Fisher
Independent Director3.42yrsUS$96.99k0.0073% $92.9k


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: FRME's board of directors are seasoned and experienced ( 10.2 years average tenure).


Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: FRME insiders have sold more shares than they have bought in the past 3 months.

Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have been diluted in the past year, with total shares outstanding growing by 9%.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

First Merchants Corporation's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: First Merchants Corporation
  • Ticker: FRME
  • Exchange: NasdaqGS
  • Founded: 1893
  • Industry: Regional Banks
  • Sector: Banks
  • Market Cap: US$1.281b
  • Shares outstanding: 54.12m
  • Website:

Number of Employees


  • First Merchants Corporation
  • 200 East Jackson Street
  • Muncie
  • Indiana
  • 47305-2814
  • United States


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
FRMENasdaqGS (Nasdaq Global Select)YesCommon StockUSUSDJun 1989
FM5BST (Boerse-Stuttgart)YesCommon StockDEEURJun 1989


First Merchants Corporation operates as the financial holding company for First Merchants Bank that provides community banking services. It accepts time, savings, and demand deposits; and provides consumer, commercial, agri-business, and real estate mortgage loans. The company also offers personal and corporate trust; brokerage and private wealth management; and letters of credit, repurchase agreements, and other corporate services. It operates 128 banking locations in thirty Indiana, two Illinois, two Ohio, and two Michigan counties. The company offers its services through electronic and mobile delivery channels. First Merchants Corporation was founded in 1893 and is headquartered in Muncie, Indiana. 

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/07/10 00:01
End of Day Share Price2020/07/09 00:00
Annual Earnings2019/12/31

Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.