Middlefield Banc Corp. Returns Capital to Shareholders and Employees

Increases Quarterly Dividend 3.7%; Declares $0.05 Per Share Special One-Time Cash Dividend; and Announces $1,000 One-Time Bonus to Employees

MIDDLEFIELD, Ohio--()--Middlefield Banc Corp. (NASDAQ: MBCN) today announced that, as a result of the company’s strong 2017 financial results, favorable 2018 outlook, and the benefits of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the company’s Board of Directors has approved several actions to return capital to Middlefield’s shareholders and employees.

“As a community bank, Middlefield is dedicated to supporting its local communities. Many of our employees and shareholders are our neighbors, friends, and family members, and returning capital to these important stakeholders is a meaningful way to reinvest in our local communities.”

Middlefield’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.28 per common share payable on March 15, 2018, to shareholders of record on February 28, 2018. The 2018 first-quarter dividend payment represents a 3.7% increase over the 2017 first-quarter payment. In addition, the Board declared a special one-time cash dividend of $0.05 per common share that will be payable on March 15, 2018, to shareholders of record on February 28, 2018. The Board also approved a one-time bonus of $1,000 to each employee.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am extremely pleased to announce Middlefield’s plan to return capital to our shareholders and all of our 190 employees,” stated Thomas G. Caldwell, President and Chief Executive Officer. “As a community bank, Middlefield is dedicated to supporting its local communities. Many of our employees and shareholders are our neighbors, friends, and family members, and returning capital to these important stakeholders is a meaningful way to reinvest in our local communities.”

“Middlefield would not be successful if it was not for the dedication of our employees. Providing a special one-time bonus to our employees is an important act that recognizes their commitment to the bank. I am especially proud of this action and grateful to my fellow co-workers for all of their hard work,” concluded Mr. Caldwell.

Middlefield Banc Corp., headquartered in Middlefield, Ohio, is a bank holding company with total assets of $1.11 billion at December 31, 2017. The bank operates 14 full-service banking centers and an LPL Financial® brokerage office serving Beachwood, Chardon, Cortland, Dublin, Garrettsville, Mantua, Middlefield, Newbury, Orwell, Solon, Summit, Sunbury, Twinsburg, and Westerville. The Bank also operates a Loan Production Office in Mentor, Ohio. Additional information is available at www.middlefieldbank.bank.

This press release of Middlefield Banc Corp. and the reports Middlefield Banc Corp. files with the Securities and Exchange Commission often contain “forward-looking statements” relating to present or future trends or factors affecting the banking industry and, specifically, the financial operations, markets and products of Middlefield Banc Corp. These forward-looking statements involve certain risks and uncertainties. There are a number of important factors that could cause Middlefield Banc Corp.’s future results to differ materially from historical performance or projected performance. These factors include, but are not limited to: (1) a significant increase in competitive pressures among financial institutions; (2) changes in the interest rate environment that may reduce interest margins; (3) changes in prepayment speeds, charge-offs and loan loss provisions; (4) less favorable than expected general economic conditions; (5) legislative or regulatory changes that may adversely affect businesses in which Middlefield Banc Corp. is engaged; (6) technological issues which may adversely affect Middlefield Banc Corp.’s financial operations or customers; (7) changes in the securities markets; or (8) risk factors mentioned in the reports and registration statements Middlefield Banc Corp. files with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Middlefield Banc Corp. undertakes no obligation to release revisions to these forward-looking statements or to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release.

Contacts

Middlefield Banc Corp.
Thomas G. Caldwell, 440-632-1666 Ext. 3200
President/Chief Executive Officer
tcaldwell@middlefieldbank.com
or
Investor and Media Contact:
SM Berger & Company, Inc.
Andrew M. Berger, 216-464-6400
Managing Director
andrew@smberger.com

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