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Mercantile Bancorp, Inc. Announces Closing of The Royal Palm Bank of Florida and Heartland Bank in Kansas

Quincy, IL, July 20, 2012 - Mercantile Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQB: MBCR) (the "Company") has announced that today the Royal Palm Bank of Florida was closed by the Florida Office of Financial Regulation and Heartland Bank was closed by the Kansas Office of State Bank Commissioner, each of which appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver for the two banks.

Royal Palm Bank, headquartered in Naples, Florida, and Heartland Bank, headquartered in Leawood, Kansas, were affiliates of the Company. Mercantile Bank in Quincy, Illinois, is a separate, Illinois state-chartered banking institution. Although Mercantile Bank, Royal Palm Bank and Heartland Bank were all owned by the Company, each is a separate entity and each is separately operated. Mercantile Bank continues to be owned by the Company and its operations are not affected by the closing of the two banks.

Lee R. Keith, President and CEO of the Company stated, "Mercantile Bank continues to operate much like it has over the past 106 years and will continue to service its customers and the Quincy community with all their banking needs as it always has. Mercantile Bank is adequately capitalized and remains so after the closure of the two banks."

"Mercantile Bank remains fully committed to our customers and to the Quincy area," declared H. Blaine Strock, President and CEO of Mercantile Bank. "We have a wonderful heritage in the community and deeply appreciate the continued support of our loyal customers and employees who make our success possible and our future bright."

About Mercantile Bancorp

Mercantile Bancorp, Inc., headquartered in Quincy, Illinois, is a regionally owned and operated bank holding company formed in 1983. The Company's affiliate bank offers a full line of FDIC-insured deposit services including checking accounts, savings accounts, money market accounts, certificates of deposit, and individual retirement accounts, as well as a complete line of lending services: consumer loans, credit cards, mortgage loans, home equity lines of credit, and commercial and agricultural loans and lines of credit. Additional services include asset management services: trusts, estate planning, and investment services.

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