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Fully Repays TARP Funding

Published Friday, August 26, 2011 7:00 am by David W. Heeter, President and CEO

MUNCIE, Indiana – MutualFirst Financial, Inc. (the “Company”) (NASDAQ:MFSF), the holding company of MutualBank (the “Bank”), today announced that it has completely repaid funding under the TARP Capital Repurchase Plan. MutualFirst redeemed the $32.4 million of preferred stock issued to the Treasury under the TARP Capital Purchase Program (the “TARP”) in December 2008. In addition to the full redemption of the TARP investment, the Company paid a total of $4.3 million in dividends to the Treasury during the period the investment was outstanding. Also, the Treasury continues to hold warrants to purchase 625,135 shares of common stock of the Company’s common stock at a price of $7.77 per share. The Company will attempt to repurchase these warrants from Treasury in the coming weeks, providing an additional return on the taxpayers’ investment.

“Funding under the TARP program allowed added protection to shareholders and depositors at a time when there was much uncertainty in financial markets,” commented David W. Heeter, President and CEO of MutualFirst. Heeter continued. “In addition, our attempt to retire the warrants will eliminate the dilution overhang for our shareholders.”

On August 25, 2011, MutualFirst received an investment of $28.9 million in the company’s preferred stock from the United States Department of the Treasury (the “Treasury”) under the Small Business Lending Fund (the “SBLF”). The SBLF is a $30 billion voluntary program intended to encourage small business lending by providing capital to qualified community banks at favorable rates.

“The Company has been selected among healthy financial institutions to participate in this important program. We are pleased to have completed the SBLF capital infusion in support of our small business lending operations and to have completely repaid the TARP investment,” commented David W. Heeter, President and CEO. Mr. Heeter added, “We believe our participation in the SBLF program is a great opportunity for MutualFirst and MutualBank to continue to meet the credit needs of the small business community."

More details regarding the transactions described above may be found in the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on August 26, 2011, with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

MutualBank, an Indiana-based financial institution, has thirty-two full-service retail financial centers in Delaware, Elkhart, Grant, Kosciusko, Randolph, St. Joseph and Wabash Counties in Indiana. MutualBank also has two Wealth Management and Trust offices located in Carmel and Crawfordsville, Indiana and a loan origination office in New Buffalo, Michigan. MutualBank is a leading residential lender in each of the market areas it serves, and provides a full range of financial services including wealth management and trust services and Internet banking services. The Company’s stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Market under the symbol “MFSF” and can be found on the Internet at www.bankwithmutual.com

 

 

Statements contained in this release, which are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements, as that term is defined in the Private Securities Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors, which include, but are not limited to factors discussed in documents filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time.

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Personal Social Media Account Security

For many of us, social media has become a part of our everyday lives and helps us conveniently keep tabs on the people and topics we care most about.

Recently however, there has been an increase of social media account take overs by cybercriminals. As stated in the media, one contributing factor in some of the social media account takeovers has been the use of weak passwords.


Tips for creating a stronger password:


  • Passwords should typically:
    • be at least 8 characters in length
    • contain at least 1 number
    • contain at least 1 special character (!@#$$%)
    • contain both upper and lower case characters.
  • Do not use your name, date of birth, maiden name, mother’s maiden name, address, or other easily guessable words for passwords. 
  • Another way to create a strong password is to use a series of words that do not relate to each other. For example, JumpingFastRelaxStop!#.

 


Social media additional security options:


Another way to help avoid social media account takeover is to use the additional security options available. Two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security that drastically decreases your chances of account takeover. Two-factor authentication is essentially the using of two separate components to verify your identity, the combination of something you HAVE with something you KNOW. A good example of two-factor authentication you most likely are already used to is withdrawing cash from an ATM, for example. Having both your debit card AND knowing a pin number is required to complete the withdrawal and protect your identity.

A popular and convenient two-factor authentication method is using a combination of both an online password and a text message verification sent to your phone. Enabling this type of authentication typically follows this process:

  1. Enter your password into Facebook or another website
  2. Immediately receive a text on your phone with a temporary pass key
  3. Enter the passkey received back on the site/app and you’re logged in

This may seem like overkill, but enabling this two-factor authentication will drastically decrease the chances of your social accounts being hacked. And actually, the process of setting up and using this authentication is pretty simple and convenient.

 


How to enable two-factor authentication:


Many popular social networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN, and others already support two-factor authentication. To learn more about how to do so on the most popular sites on the web, be sure to check out this article:

http://socialcustomer.com/2014/04/how-to-enable-two-factor-authentication-on-50-top-websites-including-facebook-twitter-and-others.html

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