Merchants Bank in the Twin Cities Sees Significant Loan Growth


Lawrence Stovern, Regional President of Merchants Bank – Twin Cities

Merchants Bank in the Twin Cities enjoyed commercial loan growth of 16.5% in the first quarter of 2016 compared to 2015, according to Lawrence Stovern, Regional President of Merchants Bank in the Twin Cities.

Stovern shared the news with the Merchants Bank Twin Cities Advisory Board Members James Trenda, Peggy Johnson and James Emond during the group’s April Board meeting before releasing the information to the public. Trenda, a CPA, is President of CP Advisors LLC. Johnson is Community Relations Director for Dakota County Electric Association and Emond is a realtor with Remax Advantage Plus.

“Our leadership here in the Twin Cities is pleased that we continue to show excellent loan growth, just as we have shown over the past several years,”Stovern said. “It’s gratifying to see our market share grow, and our bank leadership and board are dedicated to meeting our goals of helping businesses in the Twin Cities start and expand.”

Through the first quarter, net income for the Twin Cities locations was at $560,000, and Stovern reported that the Twin Cities locations were on plan to meet goals for net income for the year. Stovern also shared Merchants Financial Group, Inc. (MFGI), which owns the Twin Cities Merchants Bank locations, reported overall first quarter income of $3,253,475. Trenda is also a member of the MFGI Board.

“Part of our growing success in the Twin Cities has to do with the excellent group of commercial bankers we have on staff. They are knowledgeable and dedicated to finding solutions for our customers,”Stovern said. “Another key has been the input of our Advisory Board in helping us to identify businesses who could benefit from the expertise our bankers can provide.”