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Section 1: 8-K (FORM 8-K)





Washington, D.C. 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (date of earliest event reported): January 9, 2018



Mercantile Bank Corporation

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Michigan 000-26719 38-3360865 
(State or other jurisdiction (Commission File (IRS Employer
of incorporation) Number) Identification Number)
310 Leonard Street NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)
Registrant's telephone number, including area code  616-406-3000



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Item 8.01     Other Events.


Impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Deferred Tax Assets


On December 22, 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”) became law. The Act introduces tax reform that reduces the current corporate federal income tax rate from 35% to 21%, among other changes. The rate reduction is effective January 1, 2018.


Mercantile Bank Corporation (the "Company") has determined that the Act requires a revaluation of its net deferred tax asset. Deferred income taxes result from temporary differences between the tax basis of assets and liabilities and their reported amounts in the financial statements, which will result in taxable or deductible amounts in future years. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured using enacted tax rates expected to apply to taxable income in years in which those temporary differences are expected to be recovered or settled. As changes in tax laws or rates are enacted, like the Act, deferred tax assets and liabilities are adjusted through income tax expense.


The Company estimates that, based on current information, the Act’s impact will be to reduce the value of the Company’s net deferred tax asset that is affected by the rate change by approximately $1.3 million, which will be recorded as additional income tax expense during the fourth quarter of 2017. The estimated impact is a reduction of fourth quarter 2017 earnings and year-end 2017 tangible book value by approximately $0.08 per share.


The Company’s revaluation of its net deferred tax asset and other relevant details remain subject to modifications and updates as information and analysis regarding the Act and other relevant factors emerge.





Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.



Mercantile Bank Corporation












/s/ Charles E. Christmas




Charles E. Christmas




Executive Vice President, Chief

Financial Officer and Treasurer



Date: January 9, 2018

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