First Merchants Stock Forecast, Price & News

+0.22 (+0.47 %)
(As of 04/16/2021 12:00 AM ET)
Today's Range
Now: $46.78
50-Day Range
MA: $46.71
52-Week Range
Now: $46.78
Volume90,387 shs
Average Volume178,316 shs
Market Capitalization$2.54 billion
P/E Ratio16.83
Dividend Yield2.22%
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 124 banking locations in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and Michigan counties. The company also offers its services through electronic and mobile delivery channels. First Merchants Corporation was founded in 1893 and is headquartered in Muncie, Indiana.
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Industry, Sector and Symbol

Industry National commercial banks
Sub-IndustryRegional Banks
Current SymbolNASDAQ:FRME
Year FoundedN/A



Sales & Book Value

Annual Sales$552.09 million
Cash Flow$3.86 per share
Book Value$32.07 per share


Net Income$164.46 million


Market Cap$2.54 billion
Next Earnings Date4/22/2021 (Confirmed)


First Merchants CorpShs hosts conference call for investors
April 6, 2021 |
First Merchants Reaches Analyst Target Price
February 3, 2021 |
Preview: First Merchants's Earnings
January 27, 2021 |
Is FRME A Good Stock To Buy Now?
December 17, 2020 |
First Merchants to acquire Hoosier Trust Company
November 9, 2020 |
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Overall MarketRank

1.82 out of 5 stars

Finance Sector

312th out of 1,955 stocks

National Commercial Banks Industry

40th out of 164 stocks

Analyst Opinion: 1.5Community Rank: 2.2Dividend Strength: 2.5Insider Behavior: 1.7Valuation: 1.3 5 -4 -3 -2 -1 -
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First Merchants (NASDAQ:FRME) Frequently Asked Questions

Is First Merchants a buy right now?

3 Wall Street equities research analysts have issued "buy," "hold," and "sell" ratings for First Merchants in the last twelve months. There are currently 3 buy ratings for the stock. The consensus among Wall Street equities research analysts is that investors should "buy" First Merchants stock.
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What stocks does MarketBeat like better than First Merchants?

Wall Street analysts have given First Merchants a "Buy" rating, but there may be better short-term opportunities in the market. Some of MarketBeat's past winning trading ideas have resulted in 5-15% weekly gains. MarketBeat just released five new trading ideas, but First Merchants wasn't one of them. MarketBeat thinks these five stocks may be even better buys.
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When is First Merchants' next earnings date?

First Merchants is scheduled to release its next quarterly earnings announcement on Thursday, April 22nd 2021.
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How can I listen to First Merchants' earnings call?

First Merchants will be holding an earnings conference call on Thursday, April 22nd at 12:00 AM Eastern. Interested parties can register for or listen to the call using this link or dial in at Not Available.

How were First Merchants' earnings last quarter?

First Merchants Co. (NASDAQ:FRME) issued its earnings results on Wednesday, January, 27th. The bank reported $0.83 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.66 by $0.17. The bank earned $129.79 million during the quarter, compared to analysts' expectations of $119.95 million. First Merchants had a net margin of 26.65% and a trailing twelve-month return on equity of 8.50%.
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How has First Merchants' stock price been impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

First Merchants' stock was trading at $29.18 on March 11th, 2020 when Coronavirus (COVID-19) reached pandemic status according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Since then, FRME shares have increased by 60.3% and is now trading at $46.78.
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How often does First Merchants pay dividends? What is the dividend yield for First Merchants?

First Merchants declared a quarterly dividend on Thursday, February 11th. Shareholders of record on Friday, March 5th will be paid a dividend of $0.26 per share on Friday, March 19th. This represents a $1.04 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.22%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, March 4th.
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Is First Merchants a good dividend stock?

First Merchants pays an annual dividend of $1.04 per share and currently has a dividend yield of 2.22%. First Merchants does not yet have a strock track record of dividend growth. The dividend payout ratio of First Merchants is 30.06%. This payout ratio is at a healthy, sustainable level, below 75%. Based on earnings estimates, First Merchants will have a dividend payout ratio of 41.60% next year. This indicates that First Merchants will be able to sustain or increase its dividend.
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What price target have analysts set for FRME?

3 equities research analysts have issued 1 year price objectives for First Merchants' stock. Their forecasts range from $28.00 to $46.00. On average, they expect First Merchants' stock price to reach $36.33 in the next year. This suggests that the stock has a possible downside of 22.3%.
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Who are First Merchants' key executives?

First Merchants' management team includes the following people:
  • Mr. Mark K. Hardwick, CEO & Director (Age 50, Pay $613.56k)
  • Mr. Michael J. Stewart, Pres (Age 55, Pay $562.36k)
  • Mr. Stephan H. Fluhler, Sr. VP & Chief Information Officer (Age 52, Pay $361.89k)
  • Mr. Michael C. Rechin, Advisor & Director (Age 62, Pay $1.14M)
  • Mr. John J. Martin, Exec. VP & Chief Credit Officer (Age 54, Pay $426.19k)
  • Ms. Michele M. Kawiecki, Exec. VP, CFO & Principal Accounting Officer (Age 48)
  • Ms. Nicole M. Weaver, VP & Director of Corp. Admin.
  • Mr. Brian T. Hunt, Sec. & Legal Counsel (Age 61)
  • Ms. Karen Evens, VP & Director of Marketing
  • Mr. Steven C. Harris, Sr. VP & Director of HR (Age 57)

What is Michael C. Rechin's approval rating as First Merchants' CEO?

48 employees have rated First Merchants CEO Michael C. Rechin on Michael C. Rechin has an approval rating of 82% among First Merchants' employees.

Who are some of First Merchants' key competitors?

What other stocks do shareholders of First Merchants own?

What is First Merchants' stock symbol?

First Merchants trades on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol "FRME."

Who are First Merchants' major shareholders?

First Merchants' stock is owned by many different institutional and retail investors. Top institutional investors include Park National Corp OH (0.09%), Indiana Trust & Investment Management CO (0.03%), Atlas Brown Inc. (0.01%) and First Bank & Trust (0.01%). Company insiders that own First Merchants stock include Charles E Schalliol, Gary Lehman, Jeffrey B Lorentson, Mark K Hardwick, Michael C Marhenke, Michael C Rechin, Michael J Stewart, Patrick A Sherman, Stephan Fluhler and William L Hoy.
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Which institutional investors are selling First Merchants stock?

FRME stock was sold by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Park National Corp OH, Atlas Brown Inc., and Indiana Trust & Investment Management CO. Company insiders that have sold First Merchants company stock in the last year include Michael C Marhenke, Michael C Rechin, Michael J Stewart, and William L Hoy.
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Which institutional investors are buying First Merchants stock?

FRME stock was purchased by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including First Bank & Trust. Company insiders that have bought First Merchants stock in the last two years include Gary Lehman, Mark K Hardwick, Michael C Marhenke, and Patrick A Sherman.
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How do I buy shares of First Merchants?

Shares of FRME can be purchased through any online brokerage account. Popular online brokerages with access to the U.S. stock market include WeBull, Vanguard Brokerage Services, TD Ameritrade, E*TRADE, Robinhood, Fidelity, and Charles Schwab.
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What is First Merchants' stock price today?

One share of FRME stock can currently be purchased for approximately $46.78.

How much money does First Merchants make?

First Merchants has a market capitalization of $2.54 billion and generates $552.09 million in revenue each year. The bank earns $164.46 million in net income (profit) each year or $3.46 on an earnings per share basis.

How many employees does First Merchants have?

First Merchants employs 1,907 workers across the globe.

What is First Merchants' official website?

The official website for First Merchants is

Where are First Merchants' headquarters?

First Merchants is headquartered at 200 EAST JACKSON STREET, MUNCIE IN, 47305.

How can I contact First Merchants?

First Merchants' mailing address is 200 EAST JACKSON STREET, MUNCIE IN, 47305. The bank can be reached via phone at 765-747-1500 or via email at [email protected]

This page was last updated on 4/17/2021 by Staff
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