SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
DATE OF REPORT (Date of earliest event reported): April 18, 2014
Commission File Number 0-17071
FIRST MERCHANTS CORPORATION
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)
(IRS Employer Identification No.)
200 East Jackson Street
P.O. Box 792
Muncie, IN 47305-2814
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)
(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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ITEM 8.01 OTHER EVENTS
On April 18, 2014, First Merchants Corporation issued a press release announcing the declaration of a cash dividend of $0.08 per share. The cash dividend is payable on June 20, 2014 to stockholders of record as of June 6, 2014. A copy of the press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.
The information in this Form 8-K and the attached exhibit shall not be deemed "filed" for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), or incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.
ITEM 9.01 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND EXHIBITS.
(a) Not applicable.
(b) Not applicable.
Press Release dated April 18, 2014 issued by First Merchants Corporation
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.
First Merchants Corporation
By: /s/Mark K. Hardwick
Mark K. Hardwick
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
(Principal Financial and Principal Accounting Officer)
Dated: April 18, 2014
Press Release, dated April 18, 2014 issued by First Merchants Corporation