Merchants Financial Group, Inc., reported income of $2,797,997, more than $300,000 ahead of plan, for the first quarter of 2014, according to MFGI President & CEO Rod Nelson.
As a result of the positive performance, the MFGI Board of Directors approved a semiannual dividend of 45 cents per share to be paid to shareholders. The dividend is the same as the amount paid in December of last year.
Merchants' numbers were behind last year's first quarter numbers of $3,209,760 because of decreased mortgage income. Nelson said the decrease in mortgage activity is something that is consistent throughout the banking industry and was anticipated by Merchants when putting together its plan for 2014.