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    SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 29 January 2018* - *Chubb announced today the launch of a new Agency Management and Underwriting unit in Singapore. This dedicated unit will manage the strategic growth of the agency distribution channel as well as its specific underwriting and service needs.  

    Two new appointments have been made for the new Agency Management and Underwriting unit:

    *Kevin Xiong*, Head of Agency Management and Agency Underwriting. Mr. Xiong joined Chubb in 2016 as Head of Agency, with close to 10 years of experience in agency management as well as business development. In his expanded leadership role, Mr. Xiong will spearhead business development, general management and overall growth of the agency business in Singapore. He will report to Adam Clifford, Country President for Chubb in Singapore and in matrix to Jeslyn Tan, Regional Head of Agency, Asia Pacific.

    *Alex Shi*, Senior Manager, Agency Underwriting and Business Development. Mr. Shi joined Chubb in 2016 as Senior Agency Manager. With his new appointment, Mr. Shi succeeds Kieran Brennan who is now Head of Product Development, Small Commercial Division, Asia. In Mr. Shi's expanded role, he will have overall responsibility for leading and managing the development and growth of the Agency underwriting business. Mr. Shi will report to Mr. Xiong and in matrix to Liam Burrell, Division Head of Property & Casualty, Singapore.

    Mr. Clifford said, "At Chubb, we are keen to enhance our partners' ease of doing business with us. With this new unit, our agents will have dedicated touchpoints to service their business needs efficiently. Through on-going engagements with our agents, we will refine our product and service offerings in order for our agents to provide tailored solutions for their clients. Both Kevin and Alex bring valuable experience, strategic vision and most importantly, a shared passion for service excellence. With their leadership capabilities and proven track-record, I am confident in their ability to propel our agency business forward."

    Ms. Tan added, "The new unit is a testament of our commitment to provide agency-focused products and technology for a seamless service experience. Kevin and Alex have the energy and drive to deliver real value to our partners so they can grow their business more effectively with Chubb."

    *About Chubb in Singapore*

    Chubb is the world's largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance company. With operations in 54 countries, Chubb provides commercial and personal property and casualty insurance, personal accident and supplemental health insurance, reinsurance and life insurance to a diverse group of clients. As an underwriting company, we assess, assume and manage risk with insight and discipline. We service and pay our claims fairly and promptly. The company is also defined by its extensive product and service offerings, broad distribution capabilities, exceptional financial strength and local operations globally. Parent company Chubb Limited is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CB) and is a component of the S&P 500 index. Chubb maintains executive offices in Zurich, New York, London and other locations, and employs approximately 31,000 people worldwide.

    Chubb Insurance Singapore Limited, via acquisitions by its predecessor companies, has been present in Singapore since 1948. Chubb in Singapore provides risk management and underwriting expertise for all major classes of general insurance, including Property & Casualty, Marine, Liability, Financial Lines and Group Personal Accident insurance. As one of the leading providers of Accident & Health insurance through direct marketing, the company partners with financial institutions and other companies to tailor individual policies for their clients and employees. In addition, it offers a suite of customised Personal & Specialty insurance solutions to meet the needs of consumers.

    Over the years, Chubb in Singapore has established strong client relationships by offering responsive service, developing innovative products and providing market leadership built on financial strength. The company has been assigned a financial strength rating of AA-/Stable and the highest ASEAN credit rating of axAAA by Standard & Poor's.

    More information can be found at www.chubb.com/sg Reported by Media OutReach 23 hours ago.

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    * - Edward Ler appointed Country President, Korea *

    * - Soledad Muné appointed new Head of International Personal Lines, Asia Pacific *

    SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 29 January 2018 - Chubb today announced the appointment of *Edward Ler* as the new Country President for its general insurance business in Korea. Mr. Ler replaces Edward Kopp, who was recently appointed as the new Country President for Chubb's general insurance business in Thailand.

    Mr. Ler joined Chubb in 2013 as Senior Vice President and Regional Head of Personal Lines, which includes oversight for Motor, Residential, High Net Worth and Specialty Personal Lines. During 2014-2016, in addition to his business leadership role, he was concurrently President Director for Chubb in Indonesia. Mr. Ler's 15-year career in the insurance industry spans a variety of managerial roles covering the Asia Pacific, the Middle East and European markets. In his new capacity, Mr. Ler will continue to report to Paul McNamee, Chubb's Regional President for Asia Pacific.

    Succeeding Mr. Ler as the new Asia Pacific Head of Personal Lines, is *Soledad Muné. *Presently Chief Underwriting Officer, Personal Insurance for Chubb Overseas General, Ms. Muné is resposible for ensuring the continued profitability of the company's international auto and residential insurance portfolios. With more than 15 years of industry experience in both U.S. and international personal lines businesses, Ms. Muné is ideally suited to this growing and dynamic market segment in Asia Pacific. In her new role, she will be based in Singapore and will report to Mr. McNamee and by matrix to Daryl Page, Division President, International Personal Lines, Chubb Overseas General.

    Both Mr. Ler and Ms. Mune's appointment will be effective on 1 March 2018.

    "Our ability to move talent like Edward and Soledad across geographies when opportunities arise, speaks to the depth of talent we have at Chubb," said Mr. McNamee. "Edward is a highly experienced insurance professional with a proven track record of success. With his strong leadership skills, coupled with his passion for our business, he is an ideal fit for this Country President role. Soledad has worked closely with Edward during his oversight of the Personal Lines portfolio. With a deep understanding of the business, backed by strong analytical and business development skills, Soledad is a natural choice to lead this vibrant and strategically important business for Chubb in Asia Pacific."

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    *About Chubb *

    Chubb is the world's largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance company. With operations in 54 countries, Chubb provides commercial and personal property and casualty insurance, personal accident and supplemental health insurance, reinsurance and life insurance to a diverse group of clients. As an underwriting company, we assess, assume and manage risk with insight and discipline.  We service and pay our claims fairly and promptly. The company is also defined by its extensive product and service offerings, broad distribution capabilities, exceptional financial strength and local operations globally. Parent company Chubb Limited is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CB) and is a component of the S&P 500 index. Chubb maintains executive offices in Zurich, New York, London and other locations, and employs approximately 31,000 people worldwide. Reported by Media OutReach 23 hours ago.

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    McGee Wealth Management, Inc., Portland, Oregon is honored to recognize Travis A. Harper, CRPC®, Director of Financial Planning MWM and Registered Associate, RJFS, for achieving CFP® practitioner or CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner.

    PORTLAND, Ore. (PRWEB) January 29, 2018

    McGee Wealth Management, Inc., Portland, Oregon is honored to recognize Travis A. Harper, CRPC®, Director of Financial Planning MWM and Registered Associate, RJFS, for achieving CFP® practitioner or CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner. The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board) authorizes Mr. Harper to use the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and CFP® certification marks in accordance with CFP Board certification and renewal requirements.

    Travis Harper joined McGee Wealth Management early in 2016 after three years with another independent organization. He manages the financial planning department for the McGee firm which employs a comprehensive and collaborative financial planning process. His work supports the firms lead advisors in wealth management strategies, advanced planning and client/advisor collaboration.

    Harper attained his Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University with a focus in international business, finance, healthcare management and policy. He holds Series 7 and 66 securities licenses and Oregon life and health insurance licenses. He earned the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor℠ (CRPC®) designation in 2016. Travis says, “I have a deep and abiding passion for the financial planning profession. I cannot imagine a better way to serve others while making a positive impact on their lives.”

    The CFP Board is a nonprofit certification organization with a mission to benefit the public by granting the CFP® certification and upholding it as the recognized standard of excellence for personal financial planning. The CFP® marks identify those individuals who have met the rigorous experience and ethical requirements of the CFP Board, have successfully completed financial planning coursework and have passed the CFP® Certification Examination covering the following areas: the financial planning process, risk management, investments, tax planning and management, retirement and employee benefits, and estate planning. CFP® professionals also agree to meet ongoing Responsibility, Rules of Conduct and Financial Planning Practice Standards.

    About McGee Wealth Management
    McGee Wealth Management, is a fee based, advisory, wealth management office, integrating financial services with holistic planning, consulting, and asset management. With the exemplary credentialed staff, comprehensive services, and philanthropic recognition, McGee Wealth Management believes their “Making Life a Richer Experience” motto exemplifies their stellar client relationships, built on trust and collaboration, with a strong focus on the financial needs of multi-generational families.

    McGee Wealth Management’s key team members include Judith McGee, L.H.D., CFP®, ChFC®, CEO/Chairwoman (MWM) & Co-Branch manager (RJFS), D. Linette Dobbins, CFP®, President/CCO (MWM) & Co-Branch Manager (RJFS), and Jennifer Currin Gutridge, CFP®, Executive Vice President (MWM) and Financial Advisor (RJFS).
    Visit http://www.McGeeWM.com, call 503-597-2222, or write 12455 SW 68th Ave. Portland, Oregon 97223 for more information. McGee Wealth Management is an Independent Registered Investment Advisor. Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advisory and financial planning services offered through McGee Wealth Management, Inc. McGee Wealth Management, Inc. is not a registered broker/dealer and is independent of Raymond James financial Services. Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and federally registered CFP (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board's initial and ongoing certification requirements. Reported by PRWeb 18 hours ago.

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    Press Release

    Full year Financial Information at December 31, 2017
    IFRS - Regulated Information - Not Audited

    *Cegedim: organic growth accelerated in 2017*

    · Revenues grew 5.9% like for like over the full year
    · Outlook for consolidated 2017 EBITDA raised significantly
    · Cegelease business sold

    *Disclaimer: This press release is available in French and in English. In the event of any difference between the two versions, the original French version takes precedence. This press release may contain inside information. It was sent to Cegedim's authorized distributor on January 29, 2017, no earlier than 5:45 pm Paris time.*
    *The terms "business model transformation" and "BPO" are defined in the glossary.*
    *Cegedim announced on December 14 that it had signed a contract for the definitive sale of its Cegelease and Eurofarmat businesses. As a result, the consolidated 2017 financial statements are presented according to IFRS 5, "Non-current assets held for sale and discontinued". See annexes for more details. Cegedim expects the deal to be finalized in the first quarter of 2018.*

    *Conference CALL on january 29, 2018, at 6:15PM CET*
    *FR*: +33 1 72 72 74 03 *USA*: +1 844 286 0643 *UK*: +44(0)207 1943 759 *PIN* *Code*: 38032293#
    *The webcast is available at the following address: *www.cegedim.fr/webcast

    *Boulogne-Billancourt, France, January 29, 2018, after the market close*

    Cegedim*, an innovative technology and services company, posted consolidated Q4 2017 revenues from continuing activities of €126.5 million, up 6.3% on a reported basis and 5.2% like for like compared with the same period in 2016.*
    *Over the full year 2017, **Cegedim** posted consolidated revenues from continuing activities of €457.4 million, up 6.6% on a reported basis and 5.9% like for like compared with the same period in 2016.*

    To continue its business model transformation and refocus its strategy, Cegedim signed an agreement to sell its Cegelease and Eurofarmat subsidiaries to the Société Générale Group. Cegedim expects the deal to be finalized in the first quarter of 2018, subject to approval by competition authorities (see press release dated December 14, 2017*). Consolidated 2017 revenues are presented according to IFRS 5, meaning both Cegelease and Eurofarmat are excluded from continuing activities.

    All of the operating divisions contributed positively to the Group's year-on-year organic revenue growth in the fourth quarter and over the full year 2017.

    *Revenue trends by division*

    · Fourth quarter 2017

      *Fourth quarter*
    In € million 2017 2016 Chg. L-f-l Chg. Reported
    Health insurance, HR and e-services 82.9 77.2 +5.2% +7.4%
    Healthcare professionals 42.7 40.8 +5.4% +4.5%
    Corporate and others 0.9 1.0 (3.2)% (3.2)%
    *Cegedim* *126.5* *118.9* *+5.2%* *+6.3%*

    * http://www.cegedim.com/communique/Cegedim_Cegelease_signature_14122017_ENG.pdf

    In the fourth quarter of 2017, Cegedim posted consolidated revenues from continuing activities of €126.5 million, up 6.3% on a reported basis. Excluding an unfavorable currency translation effect of 0.4% and a 1.5% boost from acquisitions, revenues rose 5.2%.

    The unfavorable currency translation effect of €0.5 million, or 0.4%, was chiefly due to the €0.3 million negative impact of the US dollar, which represents 2.8% of Group revenues, and the €0.1 million negative impact of the pound sterling, which represents 10.6% of revenues.

    The €1.8 million positive impact from acquisitions, or 1.5%, was due to the acquisition of Futuramedia in France in November 2016.

    In like-for-like terms, Health insurance, HR and e-services division revenues rose by 5.2%, and Healthcare professionals division revenues rose by 5.4%.

    · Full year 2017

      *Full year*
    In € million 2017 2016 Chg. L-f-l Chg. Reported
    Health insurance, HR and e-services 291.1 262.4 +8.5% +10.9%
    Healthcare professionals 162.5 163.6 +1.4% (0.7)%
    Corporate and others 3.9 3.3 +17.2% +17.2%
    *Cegedim* *457.4* *429.3* *+5.9%* *+6.6%*

    For the full year 2017, Cegedim posted consolidated revenues from continuing activities of €457.4 million, up 6.6% on a reported basis. Excluding an unfavorable currency translation effect of 0.9% and a 1.6% boost from acquisitions, revenues rose 5.9%.

    The unfavorable currency translation effect of €4.1 million, or 0.9%, was chiefly due to the €3.7 million negative impact of the pound sterling, which represented 10.9% of revenues.

    The €7.0 million positive impact from acquisitions, or 1.6%, was due to the acquisition of Futuramedia in France in November 2016.

    Both of the divisions grew their like-for-like revenues. Health insurance, HR and e-services division revenues from continuing activities rose by 8.5%, and Healthcare professionals division revenues rose by 1.4%.

    *Analysis of business trends by division*

    · Health insurance, HR and e-services

    *The division's Q4 2017 revenues came to €82.9 million, up 7.4% on a reported basis. The November 2016 **Futuramedia** acquisition in France made a positive contribution of 2.3%. Currency translation had a negative impact of 0.1%. Like-for-like revenues rose 5.2% over the period.*
    *The division's 2017 revenues came to €291.1 million, up 10.9% on a reported basis. The November 2016 **Futuramedia** acquisition in France made a positive contribution of 2.6%. Currency translation had a negative impact of 0.2%. Like-for-like revenues rose 8.5% over the period.*

    The businesses that made the biggest contributions to growth were C-MEDIA, merger between RNP and Futuramedia, (ad space in pharmacies and health & wellness shops), Cegedim SRH (HR management solutions), Cegedim e-business (digitalization and data exchange), sales statistics for pharmaceutical products, and - in the field of health insurance - third-party payment flow management and BPO activities.

    The Health insurance, HR and e-services division represented 63.6% of consolidated revenues, compared with 61.1% over the same period a year earlier.

    · Healthcare professionals

    *The division's Q4 2017 revenues came to €42.7 million, up 4.5% on a reported basis. Currency translation had a negative impact of 1.0%. There was virtually no impact from acquisitions or divestments. Like-for-like revenues rose 5.4% over the period.*
    *The division's 2017 revenues came to €162.5 million, down 0.7% on a reported basis. Currencies had a negative impact of 2.2%. There was virtually no impact from acquisitions or divestments. Like-for-like revenues rose 1.4% over the period.*

    The businesses that made the biggest contributions to growth were software for doctors and allied health professionals in France, Belgium, and the US, and the BCB medication database. After a rather mixed start to the year, business in the UK and with pharmacists returned to growth.

    The Healthcare professionals division represented 35.5% of consolidated revenues from continuing activities, compared with 38.1% over the same period a year earlier.

    · Corporate and others

    *The division's Q4 2017 revenues came to €0.9 million, down 3.2% on a reported basis and like for like. There was no currency impact and no acquisitions or divestments.*
    *The division's 2017 revenues came to €3.9 million, up 17.2% on a reported basis and like for like. There was no currency impact and no acquisitions or divestments.*
    The Corporate and others division represented 0.8% of consolidated revenues from continuing activities in 2017 and 2016.

    · Assets held for sale (Cegelease and Eurofarmat)

    *For the full year 2017, revenues from activities held for sale came to €13.0 million, up 3.7% on a reported basis and like for like. There was no currency impact and no acquisitions or divestments.*

    Without applying IFRS 5, Group revenues would amount to €470.0 million, up 6.6% on a reported basis and 5.9% like for like compared with FY 2016.

    *Highlights*

    Apart from the items cited below, to the best of the company's knowledge, there were no events or changes during the period that would materially alter the Group's financial situation.

    · Changes to Cegedim SA's Board of Directors

    In keeping with the wishes of Bpifrance, in March 2017 Ms. Anne-Sophie Hérelle was appointed to replace Ms. Valérie Raoul-Desprez on the Board of Directors. The permanent representative of Bpifrance is now Ms. Marie Artaud-Dewitte, Deputy Head of Legal Affairs at Bpifrance Investissements. She replaces Ms. Anne-Sophie Hérelle.

    · Non-recourse factoring agreement

    On May 22, 2017, the Group signed a factoring agreement with a French bank. The non-recourse agreement covers total receivables of €38.0 million. The agreement is for an open-ended time period.

    The amount of trade receivables sold under the agreement came to €18.8 million at June 30, 2017.

    · Partial interest rate hedging

    Cegedim carried out two zero-premium swap agreements in the first half of 2017 under which it receives the 1-month Euribor rate if it exceeds 0%, receives nothing otherwise, and pays:

    · A fixed rate of 0.2680% on a notional amount of €50 million starting February 28, 2017, and maturing on February 26, 2021.
    · A fixed rate of 0.2750% on a notional amount of €30 million starting May 31, 2017, and maturing on December 31, 2020.

    · GIE Isiaklé

    As part of the BPO contract Cegedim signed with the Klesia group in September 2016, the two companies created an economic interest group (GIE), held 50/50. In January 2017, Cegedim lent Isiaklé €9 million for a period of 10 years at an interest rate of 1m Euribor plus a margin of 1.1%. The GIE is accounted for in Cegedim's consolidated accounts using the equity method.

    · B.B.M. Systems and Adaptive Apps acquisitions in the UK

    On February 23, 2017, Cegedim acquired UK company B.B.M. Systems through its Alliadis Europe Ltd subsidiary. B.B.M. Systems had 2016 revenues of around €0.7 million and earned a profit. It began contributing to the Group's scope of consolidation on March 1, 2017.

    On May 3, 2017, Cegedim acquired UK company Adaptive Apps through its In Practice Systems Ltd subsidiary. Adaptive Apps had 2016 revenues of around €1.5 million and earned a profit. It began contributing to the Group's scope of consolidation in May 2017.

    · Litigation

    On February 10, 2017, Cegedim was ordered to pay €4,636,000 to the Tessi company for failing to meet certain obligations with respect to an asset sale made on July 2, 2007. The sum was paid on July 21, 2017. Cegedim has appealed the ruling.

    Cegedim, jointly with IQVIA (formerly IMS Health), is being sued by Euris for unfair competition. Cegedim has filed a motion claiming that IQVIA should be the sole defendant. After consulting with its external legal counsel, the Group has decided not to record any provisions.

    On October 20, 2017, the court of Nîmes ordered Alliadis to pay a fine of €2 million as part of a case involving a pharmacist from Remoulins. A subsequent hearing on November 24 set the fine at €187,500. Cegedim has asked for the case to be dismissed and is appealing the ruling.

    · Divestment of Cegelease and Eurofarmat

    The terms of the deal are detailed in the press release dated December 14, 2017 http://www.cegedim.com/communique/Cegedim_Cegelease_signature_14122017_ENG.pdf.

    *Significant post-closing transactions and events*

    To the best of the company's knowledge, there were no events or changes after the accounts were closed that would materially alter the Group's financial situation.

    *Outlook *

    Based on its performance in the fourth quarter of 2017, the Group is revising significantly upwards its outlook for EBITDA from continuing activities in FY 2017. The Group now expects 2017 EBITDA from continuing activities to exceed €72 million.

    Cegedim will discuss its outlook for 2018 when it announces its 2017 results on March 20, 2018, after the market close.

    The Group does not communicate earnings estimates or forecasts.

    The figures cited above include guidance on Cegedim's future financial performances. This forward-looking information is based on the opinions and assumptions of the Group's senior management at the time this press release is issued and naturally entails risks and uncertainty. For more information on the risks facing Cegedim, please refer to points 2.4, "Risk factors and insurance", and 3.7, "Outlook", of the 2016 Registration Document filed with the AMF on March 29, 2017, under number D.17-0255.

    · Potential impact of Brexit

    In 2017, the UK accounted for 10.9% of consolidated Group revenues from continuing activities. It represented 14.8% of consolidated Group EBIT before special items in 2016.

    Cegedim deals in local currency in the UK, as it does in every country where it is present. Thus, Brexit is unlikely to have a material impact on consolidated Group EBIT before special items.

    With regard to healthcare policy, the Group has not identified any major European programs at work in the UK and expects UK policy to be only marginally affected by Brexit.

    *Additional information*

    Revenue figures for FY 2017 have not yet been audited by the Statutory Auditors.

      * *

    *March 20, 2018, *after the market close

    *March 21, 2018, *at 11:00 am CET

    *April 26, 2018, *after the market close

    *June 19, 2018, *at 9:30 am CET

       

    FY 2017 results

    Analyst meeting (SFAF) in Cegedim's auditorium

    First-quarter 2018 revenues

    Cegedim shareholders' meeting

     

    *Financial calendar, H1 2018*

    *January 29, 2018, at 6:15pm** (Paris time)*
    The Group will hold a conference call hosted by Jan Eryk Umiastowski, Cegedim Chief Investment Officer and Head of Investor Relations.
    The webcast is available at the following address: www.cegedim.fr/webcast

    The presentation on FY 2017 revenues is available:

    The website:  http://www.cegedim.fr/finance/documentation/Pages/presentations.aspx

    The Group's financial communications app, Cegedim IR. To download the app, visit: http://www.cegedim.fr/finance/profil/Pages/CegedimIR.aspx
    *Contact Numbers :* *France:* +33 1 72 72 74 03

    *United States: *+1 844 286 0643

    *UK and others:* +44 (0)207 1943 759 *PIN Code:* 38032293#*Appendices*

    *Breakdown of revenues from continuing activities by quarter and division *

    · FY 2017

    In € thousands Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total
    Health insurance, HR and e-services 68,610 71,653 67,958 82,856 291,077  
    Healthcare professionals 40,320 41,495 37,999 42,672 162,486  
    Corporate and others 1,058 933 961 926 3,878  
    *Cegedim* *109,989* *114,081* *106,918* *126,454* *457,441*  

    · FY 2016

    In € thousands Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total
    Health insurance, HR and e-services 59,735 64,855 60,615 77,151 262,356  
    Healthcare professionals 42,857 41,028 38,865 40,838 163,588  
    Corporate and others 797 781 773 957 3,308  
    *Cegedim* *103,389* *106,664* *100,253* *118,945* *429,251*  

    *Breakdown of revenues from continuing activities by geographic zone and division*

    · At December 31, 2017

    In € thousands France EMEA excl. France Americas APAC
    Health insurance, HR and e-services 96.5% 3.5% - -
    Healthcare professionals 59.0% 31.7% 9.3% -
    Corporate and others 99.5% 0.5% - -
    *Cegedim* *83.2%* *13.5%* *3.3%* *-*

    *Breakdown of revenues from continuing activities by currency and division*

    · At December 31, 2017

    In € thousands Euro GBP USD Others
    Health insurance, HR and e-services 96.5% 2.5% - 1.0%
    Healthcare professionals 63.3% 26.2% 9.2% 1.4%
    Corporate and others 100.0% - - -
    *Cegedim* *84.7%* *10.9%* *3.3%* *1.1%*

    *Application of IFRS 5*

    On December 14, 2017, Cegedim announced that it had signed a contract for the definitive sale of its Cegelease and Eurofarmat businesses. The deal is expected to take effect following the release of this document, in the first quarter of 2018. As a result, the consolidated 2017 financial statements are presented according to IFRS 5, "Non-current assets held for sale and discontinued". IFRS 5 governs the accounting treatment for non-current assets held for sale.

    In practice, their contribution to each line of Cegedim's consolidated income statement (before minority interests) is combined into the "Net profit from activities sold or held for sale" line, and the group share of their net profit is excluded from Cegedim's adjusted net profit. Earlier periods have also been restated so that the information presented is comparable.

    The table below shows the impact of the restatement:

    in € thousands 2017 2016 Change
    Revenue from continuing activities 457,441 429,251 +6.6%
    Revenue from assets held for sale 13,001 12,537 +3.7%
    IFRS 5 restatement -490 -942 -
    *Group revenues* *469,952* *440,846* *+6.6%*

    *BPO (Business Process Outsourcing):* BPO is the contracting of non-core business activities and functions to a third-party provider. Cegedim provides BPO services for human resources, Revenue Cycle Management in the US and management services for insurance companies, provident institutions and mutual insurers.

    *Business model transformation:* Cegedim decided in fall 2015 to switch all of its offerings over to SaaS format, to develop a complete BPO offering, and to materially increase its R&D efforts. This is reflected in the Group's revamped business model. The change has altered the Group's revenue recognition and negatively affected short-term profitability

    *Corporate and others:* This division encompasses the activities the Group performs as the parent company of a listed entity, as well as the support it provides to the three operating divisions.

    *EPS:* Earnings Per Share is a specific financial indicator defined by the Group as the net profit (loss) for the period divided by the weighted average of the number of shares in circulation.

    *Operating expenses:* Operating expenses is defined as purchases used, external expenses and payroll costs.

    *Revenue at constant exchange rate:* When changes in revenue at constant exchange rate are referred to, it means that the impact of exchange rate fluctuations has been excluded. The term "at constant exchange rate" covers the fluctuation resulting from applying the exchange rates for the preceding period to the current fiscal year, all other factors remaining equal.

    *Revenue on a like-for-like basis:* The effect of changes in scope is corrected by restating the sales for the previous period as follows:

    by removing the portion of sales originating in the entity or the rights acquired for a period identical to the period during which they were held to the current period; similarly, when an entity is transferred, the sales for the portion in question in the previous period are eliminated. *Life-for-like data (L-f-l):* At constant scope and exchange rates.

    *Internal growth:* Internal growth covers growth resulting from the development of an existing contract, particularly due to an increase in rates and/or the volumes distributed or processed, new contracts, acquisitions of assets allocated to a contract or a specific project.   *External growth:* External growth covers acquisitions during the current fiscal year, as well as those which have had a partial impact on the previous fiscal year, net of sales of entities and/or assets.

    *EBIT:* Earnings Before Interest and Taxes. EBIT corresponds to net revenue minus operating expenses (such as salaries, social charges, materials, energy, research, services, external services, advertising, etc.). It is the operating income for the Cegedim Group.

    *EBIT before special items:* This is EBIT restated to take account of non-current items, such as losses on tangible and intangible assets, restructuring, etc. It corresponds to the operating income from recurring operations for the Cegedim Group.

    *EBITDA:* Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. EBITDA is the term used when amortization or depreciation and revaluations are not taken into account. "D" stands for depreciation of tangible assets (such as buildings, machines or vehicles), while "A" stands for amortization of intangible assets (such as patents, licenses and goodwill). EBITDA is restated to take account of non-current items, such as losses on tangible and intangible assets, restructuring, etc. It corresponds to the gross operating earnings from recurring operations for the Cegedim Group.

    *Adjusted EBITDA :*  Consolidated EBITDA adjusted, for 2016, for the €4.0m of negative impact from impairment of receivables in the Healthcare Professional division

    *Net Financial Debt: *This represents the Company's net debt (non-current and current financial debt, bank loans, debt restated at amortized cost and interest on loans) net of cash and cash equivalents and excluding revaluation of debt derivatives.

    *Free cash flow: *Free cash flow is cash generated, net of the cash part of the following items: (i) changes in working capital requirements, (ii) transactions on equity (changes in capital, dividends paid and received), (iii) capital expenditure net of transfers, (iv) net financial interest paid and (v) taxes paid.

    *EBIT margin:* EBIT margin is defined as the ratio of EBIT/revenue.

    *EBIT margin* *before special items:* EBIT margin before special items is defined as the ratio of EBIT before special items/revenue.

    *Net cash:* Net cash is defined as cash and cash equivalent minus overdraft.

     

    *Glossary*

    About Cegedim:

    Founded in 1969, Cegedim is an innovative technology and services company in the field of digital data flow management for healthcare ecosystems and B2B, and a business software publisher for healthcare and insurance professionals. Cegedim employs more than 4,200 people in more than 10 countries and generated revenue of €457 million in 2017. Cegedim SA is listed in Paris (EURONEXT: CGM).
    To learn more, please visit: www.cegedim.com
    And follow Cegedim on Twitter: @CegedimGroup, LinkedIn and Facebook.
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    STURGIS, Mich., Jan. 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- *Sturgis Bancorp, Inc*. (OTCQX:STBI) announced net income of $3.2 million for 2017, and net income of $828,000 for the fourth quarter of 2017, Eric L. Eishen, President and CEO, announced today. Sturgis Bancorp is the holding company for *Sturgis Bank & Trust Company* (Bank), and its subsidiaries *Oakleaf Financial Services, Inc., Oak Mortgage, LLC, Oak Insurance Services, LLC, and Oak Title Services, LLC.  *Sturgis Bancorp provides a full array of trust, commercial and consumer banking services from 12 banking centers in Sturgis, Bangor, Bronson, Centreville, Climax, Colon, South Haven, Three Rivers and White Pigeon, MI. Oakleaf Financial Services offers a complete range of investment and financial-advisory services.  Oak Mortgage offers residential mortgages in all markets of the Bank. Oak Insurance Services offers various competitive commercial and consumer insurance products.  Oak Title Services offers commercial and consumer title insurance.

    Key Highlights for 2017:

    · Net income for 2017 was $3.2 million, or $1.52 per share, compared to net income of $2.7 million, or $1.28 per share, in 2016.
    · The Bank capital ratios exceeded “well-capitalized” requirements and ended 2017 with Tier 1 capital at 8.35% of average assets and 12.55% of risk-weighted assets.  Total capital at December 31, 2017 was 13.69% of risk-weighted assets. 
    · The allowance for loan losses decreased to 1.09% of total (gross) loans from 1.20% at the end of 2016, primarily due to improvements in asset quality and loss experience.  Net charge offs in 2017 were ($43,000), compared to $329,000 in 2016.

    *Year 2017 vs. 2016* - Net income for the year ended December 31, 2017 increased to $3.2 million, or $1.52 per share from net income of $2.7 million, or $1.28 per share, for 2016. Net interest income increased 5.1% to $12.9 million, from $12.3 million for 2016. The increase in net interest income is primarily due to growth in loans. 

    The average rate paid on interest-bearing liabilities increased to 0.70% in 2017 from 0.65% in 2016.  Average interest-earning assets increased to $361.3 million in 2017 from $342.7 million in 2016.  The tax equivalent net interest margin was 3.76% in both 2017 and 2016. 

    The provision for loan losses was ($213,000) for the year ended December 31, 2017, compared to $357,000 for the year ended December 31, 2016.  The provision for loan losses was based upon management’s assessment of relevant factors, including types and amounts of non-performing loans, historical and anticipated loss experience on such types of loans, and economic conditions.  Loans charged off during 2017, net of recoveries, were ($43,000), compared to $329,000 in 2016.

    Noninterest income was $5.5 million in 2017, compared to $5.2 million in 2016.  The Bank increased service charges on deposit accounts to $1.4 million in 2017 from $1.0 million in 2016.  The Bank also realized $258,000 net gain on cash flow hedges in 2017, compared to $99,000 in 2016.

    Noninterest expense was $15.3 million in 2017, compared to $13.8 million in 2016. Salaries and employee benefits increased $726,000.  This increase is primarily due to wages, health insurance benefits and pension expense increases.  The Bank realized $441,000 losses on sales of available-for-sale securities in 2017, compared to net gain of ($1,000) in 2016.  The additional pension expense and loss on sale of securities were realized to manage the tax rate change enacted in December 2017.  Management actively minimizes noninterest expense, although certain noninterest expenses are outside of Management’s direct control. 

    Total assets increased to $414.4 million at December 31, 2017 from $398.6 million at December 31, 2016, primarily in loans.  Net loans increased $13.7 million, to $280.6 million at December 31, 2017.  Most of the net loan growth was in home equity lines of credit, commercial real estate loans, and nonresidential construction loans.

    Deposits were $337.1 million at December 31, 2017 compared to $297.8 million at December 31, 2016, an increase of $39.3 million.  Interest-bearing deposits increased to $255.5 million at December 31, 2017 from $232.3 million at December 31, 2016.  Brokered certificates of deposit increased to $43.5 million at December 31, 2017 from $9.6 million at December 31, 2016, as the Bank replaced borrowed funds with brokered deposits.   Non-brokered jumbo certificates reduced slightly to $12.9 million at December 31, 2017 from $13.0 million at December 31, 2016.  The Bank uses brokered and jumbo certificates as sources of liquidity.  Bank management is actively attempting to increase core deposit account relationships. Transaction savings accounts and checking accounts provide relatively inexpensive funding for future growth, compared to alternative certificates of deposit and borrowed funds at higher interest rates.  The Bank offers competitive rates on its time deposits and uses brokered certificates or borrowed funds, when that strategy is expected to enhance net interest income.

    Federal Home Loan Bank advances and other borrowings decreased $26.7 million.  Matured advances were refinanced with new brokered deposits.

    The stockholders’ equity of Bancorp was $37.3 million at December 31, 2017 compared to $34.7 million at December 31, 2016, an increase of $2.5 million, or 7.3%.  The primary component of this increase was retained earnings.  Cash dividends of $873,000, or $0.42 per share, were paid in 2016.  The stockholders’ equity was 8.99% of total assets at December 31, 2017.  Book value per share increased to $17.78 at December 31, 2016 from $16.65 at December 31, 2016.

    The regular quarterly dividend for Bancorp was maintained at $0.12 per share in 2017, for $0.48 per share total dividends, compared to $0.42 per share in 2016.  The increases was well supported with core earnings improvements and credit quality improvements in recent years, and remains in line with the Company's historical payout ratio.

    *Fourth Quarter of 2017 vs. 2016* - Net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2017 increased to $828,000, or $0.40 per share, from $695,000, or $0.33 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2016. The primary component of the increase was fourth quarter 2017 benefit from federal income taxes of ($548,000), compared to provision of $157,000 in the fourth quarter of 2016.  The Bank revalued its net deferred tax positions in the fourth quarter of 2017, using the lower corporate tax rate.  Because the Bank has greater deferred tax liabilities than deferred tax assets, the net of revaluations were a benefit to the Bank.

    Net interest income increased $202,000, to $3.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. The increase is primarily due to growth in average interest-earning assets.  The tax-equivalent net interest margin increased to 3.79 in the fourth quarter of 2017 from 3.68% in the last quarter of 2016, primarily due to growth in loans and market rate increases.

    Net charge-offs for the fourth quarter of 2017 were $5,000, compared to $107,000 a year ago.  The Company recorded ($31,000) provision for loan losses in the fourth quarter of 2017, compared to $73,000 for the same quarter of 2016.

    Noninterest income increased $32,000 in the fourth quarter of 2017 to $1.3 million.  The primarily component of noninterest income was commission income, which increased $63,000.  The company recorded $99,000 net gain on cash flow hedges in the fourth quarter of 2016.

    Noninterest expense increased $855,000 in the fourth quarter of 2017, primarily due to losses on sale of available-for-sale securities and tax strategies implemented in response to the reduction in corporate tax rates for 2018. 

    This release contains statements that constitute forward-looking statements. These statements appear in several places in this release and include statements regarding intent, belief, outlook, objectives, efforts, estimates or expectations of Bancorp, primarily with respect to future events and the future financial performance of the Bancorp.  Any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future events or performance and involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statement.  Factors that could cause a difference between an ultimate actual outcome and a preceding forward-looking statement include, but are not limited to, changes in interest rates and interest rate relationships; demand for products and services; the degree of competition by traditional and non-traditional competitors; changes in banking laws and regulations; changes in tax laws; changes in prices, levies, and assessments; the impact of technological advances; government and regulatory policy changes; the outcome of any pending and future litigation and contingencies; trends in consumer behavior and ability to repay loans; and changes of the world, national and local economies.  Bancorp undertakes no obligation to update, amend or clarify forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.  The numbers presented herein are unaudited.

     CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
    December 31, 2017 and 2016
    (Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)
               
               
          2017     2016
    *ASSETS*          
     Cash and due from banks   $ 14,219   $ 8,150
     Other short-term investments     10,293     4,963
     Total cash and cash equivalents   24,512     13,113
               
     Interest-earning deposits in banks   11,058     16,068
     Securities - available for sale      25,313     32,387
     Securities - held to maturity     35,578     33,769
     Federal Home Loan Bank stock, at cost   3,393     3,117
     Loans held for sale, at fair value   1,117     1,089
     Loans, net of allowance of $3,072 and $3,242   280,586     266,871
     Premises and equipment, net     8,985     8,360
     Goodwill      5,834     5,834
     Core deposit intangibles     203     259
     Originated mortgage servicing rights    1,160     1,216
     Real estate owned     453     687
     Bank-owned life insurance     10,261     9,998
     Accrued interest receivable     1,536     1,407
     Other assets      4,443     4,454
               
     Total assets $ 414,432   $ 398,629
               
    *LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY** *        
    Liabilities          
     Deposits        
     Noninterest-bearing $ 81,641   $ 65,455
     Interest-bearing   255,473     232,312
     Total deposits   337,114     297,767
     Federal Home Loan Bank advances and other borrowings   34,447     61,180
     Accrued interest payable     239     243
     Other liabilities     5,378     4,712
     Total liabilities   377,178     363,902
               
    Stockholders' equity          
     Preferred stock - $1 par value: authorized - 1,000,000 shares       
      issued and outstanding – 0 shares   -     -
     Common stock – $1 par value:  authorized – 9,000,000 shares       
      issued and outstanding 2,094,991 shares at December 31, 2017      
      and 2,085,991 at December 31, 2016   2,095     2,086
     Additional paid-in capital     7,514     7,367
     Retained earnings     27,351     25,234
     Accumulated other comprehensive loss   294     40
     Total stockholders' equity   37,254     34,727
               
     Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 414,432   $ 398,629
               

     

    CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME  
    Years ended December 31, 2017 and 2016  
    (Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)  
                 
                 
          2017       2016    
    Interest income            
     Loans   $ 12,953     $ 12,458    
     Investment securities:          
     Taxable     804       661    
     Tax-exempt     1,100       909    
     Dividends     125       104    
     Total interest income     14,982       14,132    
                 
    Interest expense            
     Deposits     777       676    
     Borrowed funds     1,261       1,140    
     Total interest expense     2,038       1,816    
                 
    *Net interest income*       12,944       12,316    
                 
    Provision for loan losses       (213 )     357    
                 
    *Net interest income after provision for loan losses*       13,157       11,959    
                 
    Noninterest income:            
     Service charges and other fees   1,356       1,003    
     Interchange income     770       728    
     Investment brokerage commission income   1,545       1,603    
     Mortgage banking activities     679       686    
     Trust fee income     446       462    
     Increase in cash value of bank owned life insurance   263       263    
     Gain on sale of real estate owned   34       196    
     Net gain on cash flow hedges     258       99    
     Other income     100       160    
     Total noninterest income   5,451       5,200    
                 
    Noninterest expenses:            
     Salaries and employee benefits   8,736       8,010    
     Occupancy and equipment     1,811       1,698    
     Interchange expenses     379       424    
     Data processing     669       772    
     Professional services     401       268    
     Real estate owned expense     152       224    
     Advertising     296       232    
     FDIC premiums     191       235    
     Loss (gain) on sale of securities   441       (1 )  
     Other     2,262       1,977    
     Total noninterest expenses   15,338       13,839    
                 
    *Income before income tax expense*       3,270       3,320    
                 
    Income tax expense       102       658    
                 
    *Net income*     $ 3,168     $ 2,662    
                 
    Earnings per share     $ 1.52     $ 1.28    
    Dividends declared per share     $ 0.48     $ 0.42    

     

    CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME  
    Three months ended December 31, 2017 and 2016  
    (Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)  
                 
                 
          2017       2016  
    Interest income            
     Loans   $ 3,387     $ 3,152  
     Investment securities:          
     Taxable   185       190  
     Tax-exempt   280       251  
     Dividends     34       20  
     Total interest income   3,886       3,613  
                 
    Interest expense            
     Deposits     272       166  
     Borrowed funds     271       306  
     Total interest expense   543       472  
                 
    *Net interest income*       3,343       3,141  
                 
    Provision for loan losses       (31 )     73  
                 
    *Net interest income after provision for loan losses*     3,374       3,068  
                 
    Noninterest income:            
     Service charges and other fees     355       244  
     Interchange income     193       184  
     Investment brokerage commission income     444       381  
     Mortgage banking activities     101       153  
     Trust fee income     97       111  
     Increase in cash value of bank owned life insurance     64       67  
     Gain on sale of real estate owned     11       -  
     Net gain on cash flow hedges     -       99  
     Other income     23       17  
     Total noninterest income   1,288       1,256  
                 
    Noninterest expenses:            
     Salaries and employee benefits     2,310       2,181  
     Occupancy and equipment     467       396  
     Interchange expenses     95       108  
     Data processing     174       168  
     Professional services     89       70  
     Real estate owned expense     51       14  
     Advertising     103       51  
     FDIC premiums     53       43  
     Loss on sale of securities     421       -  
     Other     564       440  
     Total noninterest expenses   4,327       3,471  
                 
    *Income before income tax expense*       335       853  
                 
    Income tax expense       (493 )     158  
                 
    *Net income*     $ 828     $ 695  
                 
    Earnings per share     $ 0.40     $ 0.33  
    Dividends declared per share     $ 0.12     $ 0.12  

     

    OTHER FINANCIAL INFORMATION
    (Amounts in thousands)
           
          Three Months Ended Dec. 31,
          2017     2016  
           
    Sturgis Bank & Trust Company:    
     Average noninterest-bearing deposits $   78,740   $   72,457  
     Average interest-bearing deposits   240,899     230,370  
     Average total assets   408,187     394,295  
     Total risk-weighted assets, end of period   268,526     252,725  
    Sturgis Bancorp:      
     Average equity   36,769     34,280  
     Average total assets   408,375     394,470  
     Total risk-weighted assets, end of period   268,801     252,950  
           
    Financial ratios for Sturgis Bancorp:    
     Return on average assets   0.81 %   0.70 %
     Return on average equity   8.94 %   8.34 %
     Net interest margin   3.61 %   3.51 %
     Tax equivalent net interest margin   3.79 %   3.68 %
           
          Year Ended December 31,
          2017     2016  
           
    Sturgis Bank & Trust Company:    
     Average noninterest-bearing deposits $   73,693   $   67,590  
     Average interest-bearing deposits   235,440     230,216  
     Average total assets   404,215     383,653  
    Sturgis Bancorp:      
     Average equity   35,592     33,443  
     Average total assets   404,387     383,779  
           
    Financial ratios for Sturgis Bancorp:    
     Return on average assets   0.78 %   0.69 %
     Return on average equity   8.83 %   8.09 %
     Net interest margin   3.58 %   3.59 %
     Tax equivalent net interest margin   3.76 %   3.76 %

    Contacts:
    Sturgis Bancorp -- Eric Eishen, President & CEO, or Brian P. Hoggatt, CFO -- P: 269 651-9345 Reported by GlobeNewswire 4 hours ago.

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    JASPER, Ind., Jan. 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- German American Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:GABC) reported that the Company has achieved record annual earnings for the year ended on December 31, 2017, marking the 8th consecutive year of record performance.  This level of annual earnings performance resulted in a 11.6% return on shareholders’ equity for 2017, noting the 13^th consecutive fiscal year in which the Company has delivered double-digit returns on shareholders’ equity.  The Company also announced a 15% increase in its quarterly cash dividend.The Company’s 2017 net income of $40.7 million, or $1.77 per share, was an increase of approximately $5.5 million, or 13% on a per share basis, over its previous record annual net income of $35.2 million, or $1.57 per share, reported in 2016.  Current year fourth quarter earnings of $11.6 million, or $0.51 per share, represented an increase of approximately 16%, on a per share basis, relative to 2016 fourth quarter results of $10.1 million, or $0.44 per share.  The 2017 reported fourth quarter and year-to-date net income were positively impacted by a $2.3 million net tax benefit resulting from the revaluation of the Company’s deferred tax assets and liabilities related to the federal tax reform legislation enacted during the fourth quarter of 2017.

    In addition to the federal income tax benefit noted above, the record financial performance achieved in 2017 was largely attributable to a $5.0 million increased level of net interest income driven primarily by a higher level of average loans outstanding.  2017 year-end loans outstanding increased by approximately $151.6 million, or 8%, from the prior year-end level.  The year-over-year increase in loans outstanding was attributable to strong organic loan growth broadly based across the Company’s entire market area and within all loan categories.

    Commenting on the Company’s eighth consecutive year of record financial performance in 2017, Mark A. Schroeder, German American’s Chairman & CEO, stated, "We were very pleased to be able to continue our pattern of record financial performance in the past year and were extremely encouraged to see a further strengthening of economic growth throughout our market area in 2017.  As evidenced by the double-digit annualized loan growth we experienced in the last half of the year, both business and consumer clients throughout our market area are feeling more confident in the growth potential and vibrancy of the economy.  Based on the exceptionally strong growth in both loans and deposits we experienced in 2017, a strong and growing pipeline at year-end of potential future loan growth, and an expectation of accelerated overall economic growth resulting from the recent federal tax reform legislation, we have a positive outlook regarding our ability to continue this record of exceptional financial performance in 2018 and beyond.”

    The Company also announced a 15% increase in its regular quarterly cash dividend, as its Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share, which will be payable on February 20, 2018 to shareholders of record as of February 10, 2018.

    *Balance Sheet Highlights*

    Total assets for the Company increased to $3.144 billion at December 31, 2017, representing an increase of $71.5 million, or 9% on an annualized basis, compared with September 30, 2017 and an increase of $188.4 million, or 6%, compared with December 31, 2016.

    At December 31, 2017, total loans increased $55.3 million, or 11% on an annualized basis, compared with September 30, 2017 and increased $151.6 million, or 8%, compared with December 31, 2016.  The increase during the fourth quarter of 2017 was largely related to an increase of approximately $11.7 million, or 10% on an annualized basis, of commercial and industrial loans, an increase of $28.0 million, or 12% on an annualized basis, of commercial real estate loans,  an increase of $6.2 million, or 8% on an annualized basis, of agricultural loans and an increase of $9.4 million, or 10% on annualized basis, of retail loans.  The increase was broadly based across the Company's entire market area.

                 
    *End of Period Loan Balances*   *12/31/2017*   *9/30/2017*   *12/31/2016*
    *(dollars in thousands)*            
                 
    Commercial & Industrial Loans   $ 486,668     $ 474,917     $ 457,372  
    Commercial Real Estate Loans   926,729     898,752     856,094  
    Agricultural Loans   333,227     327,026     303,128  
    Consumer Loans   219,662     209,537     193,520  
    Residential Mortgage Loans   178,733     179,481     183,290  
        $ 2,145,019     $ 2,089,713     $ 1,993,404  
                 

    Non-performing assets totaled $11.9 million at December 31, 2017 compared to $10.2 million of non-performing assets at September 30, 2017 and $4.0 million at December 31, 2016.  Non-performing assets represented 0.38% of total assets at December 31, 2017 compared to 0.33% of total assets at September 30, 2017 and 0.14% of total assets at December 31, 2016.  Non-performing loans totaled $11.8 million at December 31, 2017 compared to $9.7 million at September 30, 2017 and $3.8 million at December 31, 2016.  Non-performing loans represented 0.55% of total loans at December 31, 2017 compared to 0.46% at September 30, 2017 and 0.19% at December 31, 2016.  The increase in non-performing assets during the fourth quarter of 2017 was primarily attributable to a single commercial lending relationship that was downgraded during the quarter.  The increase in non-performing assets during the year ended December 31, 2017 compared with year-end 2016  was primarily related to two commercial lending relationships.

               
    *Non-performing Assets*          
    *(dollars in thousands)*          
      *12/31/2017*   *9/30/2017*   *12/31/2016*
    Non-Accrual Loans $ 11,091     $ 9,177     $ 3,793  
    Past Due Loans (90 days or more) 719     474     2  
      Total Non-Performing Loans 11,810     9,651     3,795  
    Other Real Estate 54     568     242  
      Total Non-Performing Assets $ 11,864     $ 10,219     $ 4,037  
               
    Restructured Loans $ 149     $ 152     $ 28  
               

    The Company’s allowance for loan losses totaled $15.7 million at December 31, 2017 compared to $15.3 million at September 30, 2017 and $14.8 million at December 31, 2016.  The allowance for loan losses represented 0.73% of period-end loans at December 31, 2017 compared with 0.73% of period-end loans at September 30, 2017 and 0.74% of period-end loans at December 31, 2016.  Under acquisition accounting treatment, loans acquired are recorded at fair value which includes a credit risk component, and therefore the allowance on loans acquired is not carried over from the seller.  The Company held a net discount on acquired loans of $7.6 million as of December 31, 2017, $8.0 million at September 30, 2017 and $10.0 million at December 31, 2016.

    Total deposits increased $59.5 million, or 10% on an annualized basis, as of December 31, 2017 compared with September 30, 2017 and increased $134.5 million, or 6%, compared with December 31, 2016.

                 
    *End of Period Deposit Balances*   *12/31/2017*   *9/30/2017*   *12/31/2016*
    *(dollars in thousands)*            
                 
    Non-interest-bearing Demand Deposits   $ 606,134     $ 589,315     $ 571,989  
    IB Demand, Savings, and MMDA Accounts   1,490,033     1,454,073     1,399,381  
    Time Deposits Time Deposits > $100,000   189,239     176,238     170,357  
        $ 2,484,052     $ 2,424,572     $ 2,349,551  
                 

    *Results of Operations Highlights - Year ended December 31, 2017*

    Net income for the year ended December 31, 2017 totaled $40,676,000 or $1.77 per share, an increase of $5,492,000, or approximately 13% on a per share basis, from the year ended December 31, 2016 net income of $35,184,000 or $1.57 per share.  The 2017 results of operations were positively impacted by the revaluation of the Company's deferred tax assets and deferred tax liabilities related to the federal tax reform legislation enacted during the fourth quarter of 2017.  The revaluation resulted in a net tax benefit of $2,284,000, or approximately $0.10 per share during 2017.  In addition, the 2016 results of operations included only ten month's operations of River Valley Bancorp, which the Company acquired effective March 1, 2016.

                             
    *Summary Average Balance Sheet*                        
    (Tax-equivalent basis / dollars in thousands)                        
        *Year Ended December 31, 2017*   * Year Ended December 31, 2016*
                             
        * Principal
    Balance*   * Income/
    Expense*   * Yield/Rate*   * Principal
    Balance*   * Income/
    Expense*   * Yield/Rate*
    *Assets*                        
    Federal Funds Sold and Other                        
      Short-term Investments   $ 12,405     $ 134     1.09%     $ 22,180     $ 74     0.33%  
    Securities   744,985     23,595     3.17%     723,044     21,102     2.92%  
    Loans and Leases   2,036,717     92,449     4.54%     1,904,779     86,755     4.55%  
    *Total Interest Earning Assets*   $ 2,794,107     $ 116,178     4.16%     $ 2,650,003     $ 107,931     4.07%  
                             
    *Liabilities*                        
    Demand Deposit Accounts   $ 572,356             $ 513,199          
    IB Demand, Savings, and                        
      MMDA Accounts   $ 1,442,474     $ 3,971     0.28%     $ 1,322,593     $ 2,515     0.19%  
    Time Deposits   380,316     3,123     0.82%     414,100     2,672     0.65%  
    FHLB Advances and Other Borrowings   233,315     4,027     1.73%     242,483     3,274     1.35%  
    *Total Interest-Bearing Liabilities*   $ 2,056,105     $ 11,121     0.54%     $ 1,979,176     $ 8,461     0.43%  
                             
    Cost of Funds           0.40%             0.32%  
    Net Interest Income       $ 105,057             $ 99,470      
    Net Interest Margin           3.76%             3.75%  
                             

    During the year ended December 31, 2017, net interest income totaled $99,909,000 representing an increase of $5,005,000, or 5%, from the year ended December 31, 2016 net interest income of $94,904,000.  The increased level of net interest income during 2017 compared with 2016 was driven primarily by a higher level of earning assets resulting from organic loan growth and the acquisition of River Valley Bancorp effective March 1, 2016.

    The tax equivalent net interest margin for the year ended December 31, 2017 was 3.76% compared to 3.75% in 2016.  The modest increase in the net interest margin during 2017 compared with the prior year was primarily attributable to an improved yield on the Company's securities portfolio combined with a larger loan portfolio,  partially offset by a higher cost of funds and a lower level of accretion of loan discounts on acquired loans.  Accretion of loan discounts on acquired loans contributed approximately 9 basis points to the net interest margin during 2017 and 13 basis points in 2016.  The Company's cost of funds increased approximately 8 basis points during 2017 compared with 2016.  The higher cost of funds was largely attributable to an increase in short-term market interest rates over the past several quarters.

    During the year ended December 31, 2017, non-interest income declined less than 1% from the year ended December 31, 2016.

        *Year Ended*   *Year Ended*
    *Non-interest Income*   *12/31/2017*   *12/31/2016*
    *(dollars in thousands)*        
             
    Trust and Investment Product Fees   $ 5,272     $ 4,644  
    Service Charges on Deposit Accounts   6,178     5,973  
    Insurance Revenues   7,979     7,741  
    Company Owned Life Insurance   1,341     987  
    Interchange Fee Income   4,567     3,627  
    Other Operating Income   2,641     3,703  
      Subtotal   27,978     26,675  
    Net Gains on Loans   3,280     3,359  
    Net Gains on Securities   596     1,979  
    *Total Non-interest Income*   $ 31,854     $ 32,013  
             

    Trust and investment product fees increased $628,000, or 14%, during 2017 compared with 2016.  The increase was primarily attributable to fees generated from increased assets under management in the  Company's wealth advisory group.

    Company owned life insurance revenue increased $354,000, or 36%, during 2017, compared with 2016.  The increase was largely related to death benefits received from life insurance policies during 2017.

    Interchange fee income increased $940,000, or 26%, during 2017 compared with 2016.  The increase was attributable to increased card utilization by customers and a full year of operations from River Valley included in 2017 compared with ten months of operations of River Valley included in 2016.

    Other operating income declined $1,062,000, or 29%, during 2017 compared with 2016.  The decline was largely attributable to decreased fees and fair value adjustments associated with swap transactions with loan customers.

    The Company realized a net gain on sales of securities of $596,000 during 2017 compared with a net gain on the sale of securities of $1,979,000 in 2016.

    During 2017, non-interest expense increased $1,216,000, or 2%, compared with 2016.  During 2016, the Company recorded costs related to the River Valley merger transaction that totaled $4,318,000.

        *Year Ended*   *Year Ended*
    *Non-interest Expense*   *12/31/2017*   *12/31/2016*
    *(dollars in thousands)*        
             
    Salaries and Employee Benefits   $ 46,642     $ 43,961  
    Occupancy, Furniture and Equipment Expense   9,230     8,558  
    FDIC Premiums   954     1,151  
    Data Processing Fees   4,276     5,686  
    Professional Fees   2,817     3,672  
    Advertising and Promotion   3,543     2,657  
    Intangible Amortization   942     1,062  
    Other Operating Expenses   9,399     9,840  
    *Total Non-interest Expense*   $ 77,803     $ 76,587  
             

    Salaries and benefits increased $2,681,000, or 6%, during 2017 compared with the 2016.  The increase in 2017 compared with 2016 was primarily attributable to having River Valley's operations included for the entire year in 2017 compared with ten months of 2016 combined with an increased number of full-time equivalent employees and higher levels of employee benefit costs including health insurance costs.  During 2016, salary and benefit expense included $1,934,000 in settlement costs for various employment and benefit arrangements related to the River Valley merger.

    Occupancy, furniture and equipment expense increased $672,000, or 8%, in 2017 compared with 2016.  This increase was largely related to capital investments into the Company's branch network and to the operation of River Valley's 15 branch network during all of 2017.

    Data processing fees declined $1,410,000, or 25%, in 2017 compared with 2016. The decline during 2017 compared with 2016 was primarily related to expenses totaling $1,288,000 associated with the acquisition of River Valley that were incurred during 2016.

    Professional fees declined $855,000, or 23%, in 2017 compared with 2016.  The decline during 2017 compared with 2016 was attributable to expenses totaling $770,000 associated with the acquisition of River Valley.

    Advertising and promotion increased $886,000 during 2017 compared with 2016.  The primary driver of the increase in advertising and promotion was a contribution expense of $773,000 related to the donation of a former branch facility to a municipality in one of the Company's market areas.

    During the year ended December 31, 2017, the Company recorded a provision for income tax expense of $11,534,000 compared with a provision for income tax expense of $13,946,000 during 2016.  The 2017 income tax provision was positively impacted by the revaluation of the Company's deferred tax assets and deferred tax liabilities related to federal tax reform legislation enacted during the fourth quarter of 2017.  The revaluation resulted in a net tax benefit of $2,284,000 during the fourth quarter of 2017. * *The revaluation of the Company’s deferred tax assets and deferred tax liabilities at year-end 2017 was based on reasonable estimates by the Company of certain income tax effects of the new federal tax reform legislation. These effects may be subject to adjustment as the Company completes its evaluation during 2018.

    *Results of Operations Highlights – Quarter ended December 31, 2017*

    Net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2017 totaled $11,621,000, or $0.51 per share, which represented an increase of approximately 21% on a per share basis compared with the third quarter 2017 net income of $9,660,000, or $0.42 per share, and an increase of 16% on a per share basis compared with the fourth quarter 2016 net income of $10,065,000, or $0.44 per share.  As previously discussed, the fourth quarter of 2017 results of operation were positively impacted by the revaluation of the Company's deferred tax assets and deferred tax liabilities, resulting in a net tax benefit of $2,284,000, or approximately $0.10 per share.

                                         
    *Summary Average Balance Sheet*                                    
    (Tax-equivalent basis / dollars in thousands)                                    
        * Quarter Ended*   * Quarter Ended*   * Quarter Ended*
        *December 31, 2017*   *September 30, 2017*   *December 31, 2016*
                                         
        * Principal
    Balance*   * Income/
    Expense*   * Yield/
    Rate*   * Principal
    Balance*   * Income/
    Expense*   * Yield/
    Rate*   * Principal
    Balance*   * Income/
    Expense*   * Yield/
    Rate*
    *Assets*                                    
    Federal Funds Sold and Other                                    
      Short-term Investments   $ 10,268     $ 34     1.33%     $ 13,543     $ 46     1.38%     $ 19,738     $ 12     0.24%  
    Securities   755,659     6,001     3.18%     748,754     5,872     3.14%     737,619     5,582     3.03%  
    Loans and Leases   2,100,432     23,872     4.51%     2,058,453     23,358     4.51%     2,004,983     22,734     4.51%  
    *Total Interest Earning Assets*   $ 2,866,359     $ 29,907     4.15%     $ 2,820,750     $ 29,276     4.13%     $ 2,762,340     $ 28,328     4.09%  
                                         
    *Liabilities*                                    
    Demand Deposit Accounts   $ 598,107             $ 572,204             $ 559,597          
    IB Demand, Savings, and                                    
      MMDA Accounts   $ 1,488,671     $ 1,177     0.31%     $ 1,447,693     $ 1,117     0.31%     $ 1,412,398     $ 708     0.20%  
    Time Deposits   376,585     889     0.94%     382,827     842     0.87%     412,151     675     0.65%  
    FHLB Advances and Other Borrowings   226,437     1,090     1.91%     246,698     1,110     1.79%     217,033     829     1.52%  
    *Total Interest-Bearing Liabilities*   $ 2,091,693     $ 3,156     0.60%     $ 2,077,218     $ 3,069     0.59%     $ 2,041,582     $ 2,212     0.43%  
                                         
    Cost of Funds           0.44%             0.43%             0.32%  
    Net Interest Income       $ 26,751             $ 26,207             $ 26,116      
    Net Interest Margin           3.71%             3.70%             3.77%  
                                         

    During the quarter ended December 31, 2017, net interest income totaled $25,454,000, which represented an increase of $537,000, or 2%, from the quarter ended September 30, 2017 net interest income of $24,917,000 and an increase of $565,000, or 2%, compared with the quarter ended December 31, 2016 net interest income of $24,889,000. The increased level of net interest income during the fourth quarter of 2017 compared with the third quarter of 2017 was driven primarily by a higher level of earning assets resulting from organic loan growth.

    The tax equivalent net interest margin for the quarter ended December 31, 2017 was 3.71% compared with 3.70% in the third quarter of 2017 and 3.77% in the fourth quarter of 2016.  The modest increase in the stated net interest margin, when comparing the fourth quarter of 2017 with the third quarter, was primarily due to an improved yield on securities, organic loan growth, and increased accretion of loan discounts on acquired loans partially offset by an increase in Company's cost of funds.  Accretion of loan discounts on acquired loans contributed approximately 6 basis points to the net interest margin on an annualized basis in the fourth quarter of 2017, 5 basis points in the third quarter of 2017, and 13 basis points in the fourth quarter of 2016.  The Company's cost of funds increased approximately 1 basis points in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared with the third quarter of 2017 and 12 basis points compared with the fourth quarter of 2016.  The higher cost of funds was largely attributable to an increase in short-term market interest rates over the past several quarters.

    During the quarter ended December 31, 2017, the Company recorded a provision for loan loss of $650,000 compared with a provision for loan loss of $250,000 during the third quarter of 2017 and no provision for loan loss in the fourth quarter of 2016.  The provision during all periods was done in accordance with the Company's standard methodology for determining the adequacy of its allowance for loan loss.

    During the quarter ended December 31, 2017, non-interest income totaled $7,594,000, a decline of $681,000, or 8%, compared with the quarter ended September 30, 2017, and a decline of $763,000, or 9%, compared with the fourth quarter of 2016.

                 
        *Quarter Ended*   *Quarter Ended*   *Quarter Ended*
    *Non-interest Income*   *12/31/2017*   *9/30/2017*   *12/31/2016*
    *(dollars in thousands)*            
                 
    Trust and Investment Product Fees   $ 1,378     $ 1,301     $ 1,209  
    Service Charges on Deposit Accounts   1,608     1,608     1,594  
    Insurance Revenues   1,867     1,728     1,748  
    Company Owned Life Insurance   290     317     278  
    Interchange Fee Income   1,202     1,186     1,001  
    Other Operating Income   546     608     1,222  
      Subtotal   6,891     6,748     7,052  
    Net Gains on Loans   682     952     752  
    Net Gains on Securities   21     575     553  
    *Total Non-interest Income*   $ 7,594     $ 8,275     $ 8,357  
                 

    Interchange fee income increased $16,000, or 1%, during the fourth quarter of 2017 compared with the third quarter of 2017 and $201,000, or 20%, compared with the fourth quarter of 2016.  The increase during the fourth quarter of 2017 compared with the fourth quarter of 2016 was largely attributable to increased card utilization by customers.

    Other operating income decreased $62,000, or 10%, during the quarter ended December 31, 2017 compared with the third quarter of 2017 and decreased $676,000, or 55%, compared with the fourth quarter of 2016.  The decline in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared with the fourth quarter of 2016 was largely attributable to decreased fees associated with swap transactions with loan customers and to a gain realized in 2016 related to the liquidation of a limited partnership tax credit investment.

    Net gains on sales of loans decreased $270,000, or 28%, during the fourth quarter of 2017 compared with the third quarter of 2017 and declined $70,000, or 9%, compared with the fourth quarter of 2016.  The decline in the gain on sales of loans during the fourth quarter of 2017 compared with both comparative periods was primarily due to a lower level of loans sold in secondary market.  Loan sales totaled $28.9 million during the fourth quarter of 2017, compared with $39.2 million during the third quarter of 2017 and $37.9 million during the fourth quarter of 2016.

    The Company realized $21,000 in gains on sales of securities during the fourth quarter of 2017 compared with $575,000 during the third quarter of 2017 and gains of $553,000 in the fourth quarter of 2016.

    During the quarter ended December 31, 2017, non-interest expense totaled $20,000,000, an increase of $229,000, or 1%, compared with the quarter ended September 30, 2017, and an increase of $645,000, or 3%, compared with the fourth quarter of 2016.

                 
        *Quarter Ended*   *Quarter Ended*   *Quarter Ended*
    *Non-interest Expense*   *12/31/2017*   *9/30/2017*   *12/31/2016*
    *(dollars in thousands)*            
                 
    Salaries and Employee Benefits   $ 12,168     $ 11,570     $ 11,604  
    Occupancy, Furniture and Equipment Expense   2,452     2,372     2,229  
    FDIC Premiums   242     241     111  
    Data Processing Fees   1,154     1,067     1,079  
    Professional Fees   550     551     797  
    Advertising and Promotion   820     1,315     797  
    Intangible Amortization   217     230     262  
    Other Operating Expenses   2,397     2,425     2,476  
    *Total Non-interest Expense*   $ 20,000     $ 19,771     $ 19,355  
                 

    Salaries and benefits increased $598,000, or 5%, during the quarter ended December 31, 2017 compared with the third quarter of 2017 and increased $564,000, or 5%, compared with the fourth quarter of 2016.  The increase in salaries and benefits during the fourth quarter of 2017 compared with the third quarter of 2017 was primarily attributable to higher levels employee benefit costs.  The increase in salaries and benefits during the fourth quarter of 2017 compared with the fourth quarter of 2016 was primarily attributable to an increased number of full-time equivalent employees and higher level health insurance costs.

    Advertising and promotion declined $495,000, or 38%,  during the quarter ended December 31, 2017 compared with the third quarter of 2017 and increased $23,000 or 3%, compared with the fourth quarter of 2016.  The primary driver of the decrease in advertising and promotion during the fourth quarter compared with the third quarter of 2017 was the recognition of a contribution expense of $773,000 related to the donation of a former branch facility to a municipality in one of the Company's market areas during the third quarter of 2017.

    During the quarter ended December 31, 2017, the Company recorded a provision for income tax expense of $777,000 compared with a provision for income tax expense of $3,511,000 during the third quarter of 2017 and $3,826,000 in the fourth quarter of 2016.  The fourth quarter of 2017 income tax provision was positively impacted by the revaluation of the Company's deferred tax assets and deferred tax liabilities related to federal tax reform legislation enacted during the fourth quarter of 2017.  The revaluation resulted in a net tax benefit of $2,284,000 during the fourth quarter of 2017.

    About German American

    German American Bancorp, Inc., is a NASDAQ-traded (symbol: GABC) bank holding company based in Jasper, Indiana.  German American, through its banking subsidiary German American Bancorp, operates 53 banking offices in 19 contiguous southern Indiana counties and one northern Kentucky county. The Company also owns an investment brokerage subsidiary (German American Investment Services, Inc.) and a full line property and casualty insurance agency (German American Insurance, Inc.).

    Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

    Certain statements in this press release may be deemed “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Readers are cautioned that, by their nature, forward-looking statements are based on assumptions and are subject to risks, uncertainties, and other factors. Actual results and experience could differ materially from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors, including but not limited to, those discussed in this press release. Factors that could cause actual experience to differ from the expectations expressed or implied in this press release include the unknown future direction of interest rates and the timing and magnitude of any changes in interest rates; changes in competitive conditions; the introduction, withdrawal, success and timing of asset/liability management strategies or of mergers and acquisitions and other business initiatives and strategies; changes in customer borrowing, repayment, investment and deposit practices; changes in fiscal, monetary and tax policies; changes in financial and capital markets; potential deterioration in general economic conditions, either nationally or locally, resulting in, among other things, credit quality deterioration; capital management activities, including possible future sales of new securities, or possible repurchases or redemptions by the Company of outstanding debt or equity securities; risks of expansion through acquisitions and mergers, such as unexpected credit quality problems of the acquired loans or other assets, unexpected attrition of the customer base of the acquired institution or branches, and difficulties in integration of the acquired operations; factors driving impairment charges on investments; the impact, extent and timing of technological changes; potential cyber-attacks, information security breaches and other criminal activities; litigation liabilities, including related costs, expenses, settlements and judgments, or the outcome of matters before regulatory agencies, whether pending or commencing in the future; actions of the Federal Reserve Board; changes in accounting principles and interpretations; potential increases of federal deposit insurance premium expense, and possible future special assessments of FDIC premiums, either industry wide or specific to the Company’s banking subsidiary; actions of the regulatory authorities under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the Federal Deposit Insurance Act and other possible legislative and regulatory actions and reforms; the continued availability of earnings and excess capital sufficient for the lawful and prudent declaration and payment of cash dividends; and other risk factors expressly identified in the Company’s filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Such statements reflect our views with respect to future events and are subject to these and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to the operations, results of operations, growth strategy and liquidity of the Company. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. It is intended that these forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. We do not undertake any obligation to release publicly any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

    *GERMAN AMERICAN BANCORP, INC.*
    *(unaudited, dollars in thousands except per share data)*
               
    *Consolidated Balance Sheets*
               
      *December 31, 2017*   September 30, 2017   December 31, 2016
    *ASSETS*          
      Cash and Due from Banks *$* *58,233*     $ 44,804     $ 48,467  
      Short-term Investments *12,126*     9,758     16,349  
      Interest-bearing Time Deposits with Banks *—*     —     —  
      Investment Securities *740,994*     741,710     709,786  
               
      Loans Held-for-Sale *6,719*     8,484     15,273  
               
      Loans, Net of Unearned Income *2,141,638*     2,086,325     1,989,955  
      Allowance for Loan Losses *(15,694* *)*   (15,321 )   (14,808 )
         Net Loans *2,125,944*     2,071,004     1,975,147  
               
      Stock in FHLB and Other Restricted Stock *13,048*     13,048     13,048  
      Premises and Equipment *54,246*     51,355     48,230  
      Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets *56,160*     56,378     56,893  
      Other Assets *76,890*     76,348     72,801  
    *  TOTAL ASSETS* *$* *3,144,360*     $ 3,072,889     $ 2,955,994  
               
    *LIABILITIES*          
      Non-interest-bearing Demand Deposits *$* *606,134*     $ 589,315     $ 571,989  
      Interest-bearing Demand, Savings, and Money Market Accounts *1,490,033*     1,454,073     1,399,381  
      Time Deposits *387,885*     381,184     378,181  
         Total Deposits *2,484,052*     2,424,572     2,349,551  
               
      Borrowings *275,216*     261,941     258,114  
      Other Liabilities *20,521*     25,751     18,062  
    *  TOTAL LIABILITIES* *2,779,789*     2,712,264     2,625,727  
               
    *SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY* *364,571*     360,625     330,267  
               
    *  TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY* *$* *3,144,360*     $ 3,072,889     $ 2,955,994  
               
    *END OF PERIOD SHARES OUTSTANDING ^(1)* *22,934,403*     22,930,017     22,904,157  
               
    *TANGIBLE BOOK VALUE PER SHARE ^(1) (2)* *$* *13.45*     $ 13.27     $ 11.94  
               
    ^(1) As Adjusted for the 3 for 2 Stock Split distributed on April 21, 2017.
    ^(2) Tangible Book Value per Share is defined as Total Shareholders' Equity less Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets divided by End of Period Shares Outstanding.

    *GERMAN AMERICAN BANCORP, INC.*
    *(unaudited, dollars in thousands except per share data)*
                         
    *Consolidated Statements of Income*
                         
        *Three Months Ended*   *Year Ended*
        *December 31,
    2017*   September 30,
    2017   December 31,
    2016   *December 31,
    2017*   December 31,
    2016
    *INTEREST INCOME*                  
      Interest and Fees on Loans *$* *23,699*     $ 23,182     $ 22,557     *$* *91,745*     $ 86,202  
      Interest on Short-term Investments and Time Deposits *34*     46     12     *134*     74  
      Interest and Dividends on Investment Securities *4,877*     4,758     4,532     *19,151*     17,089  
    *  TOTAL INTEREST INCOME* *28,610*     27,986     27,101     *111,030*     103,365  
                         
    *INTEREST EXPENSE*                  
      Interest on Deposits *2,066*     1,959     1,383     *7,094*     5,187  
      Interest on Borrowings *1,090*     1,110     829     *4,027*     3,274  
    *  TOTAL INTEREST EXPENSE* *3,156*     3,069     2,212     *11,121*     8,461  
                         
    *  NET INTEREST INCOME* *25,454*     24,917     24,889     *99,909*     94,904  
      Provision for Loan Losses *650*     250     —     *1,750*     1,200  
    *  NET INTEREST INCOME AFTER PROVISION FOR LOAN LOSSES* *24,804*     24,667     24,889     *98,159*     93,704  
                         
    *NON-INTEREST INCOME*                  
      Net Gain on Sales of Loans *682*     952     752     *3,280*     3,359  
      Net Gain on Securities *21*     575     553     *596*     1,979  
      Other Non-interest Income *6,891*     6,748     7,052     *27,978*     26,675  
    *  TOTAL NON-INTEREST INCOME* *7,594*     8,275     8,357     *31,854*     32,013  
                         
    *NON-INTEREST EXPENSE*                  
      Salaries and Benefits *12,168*     11,570     11,604     *46,642*     43,961  
      Other Non-interest Expenses *7,832*     8,201     7,751     *31,161*     32,626  
    *  TOTAL NON-INTEREST EXPENSE* *20,000*     19,771     19,355     *77,803*     76,587  
                         
      Income before Income Taxes *12,398*     13,171     13,891     *52,210*     49,130  
      Income Tax Expense *777*     3,511     3,826     *11,534*     13,946  
                         
    *NET INCOME* *$* *11,621*     $ 9,660     $ 10,065     *$* *40,676*     $ 35,184  
                         
    *BASIC EARNINGS PER SHARE ^(1)* *$* *0.51*     $ 0.42     $ 0.44     *$* *1.77*     $ 1.57  
    *DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE ^(1)* *$* *0.51*     $ 0.42     $ 0.44     *$* *1.77*     $ 1.57  
                         
    *WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING ^(1)* *22,930,666*     22,929,864     22,887,567     *22,924,726*     22,389,137  
    *DILUTED WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING ^(1)* *22,930,666*     22,929,864     22,887,567     *22,924,726*     22,391,115  
                         
    ^(1 ^) As Adjusted for the 3 for 2 Stock Split distributed on April 21, 2017.                  

    *GERMAN AMERICAN BANCORP, INC.*
    *(unaudited, dollars in thousands except per share data)*
                         
        *Three Months Ended*   *Year Ended*
        *December 31,*   September 30,   December 31,   *December 31,*   December 31,
        *2017*   2017   2016   *2017*   2016
    *EARNINGS PERFORMANCE RATIOS*                  
      Annualized Return on Average Assets *1.51**%*     1.27%     1.36%     *1.35**%*     1.24%  
      Annualized Return on Average Equity *12.83**%*     10.78%     11.90%     *11.59**%*     10.94%  
      Net Interest Margin *3.71**%*     3.70%     3.77%     *3.76**%*     3.75%  
      Efficiency Ratio ^(1) *58.23**%*     57.34%     56.15%     *56.83**%*     58.25%  
      Net Overhead Expense to Average Earning Assets ^(2) *1.73**%*     1.63%     1.59%     *1.64**%*     1.68%  
                         
    *ASSET QUALITY RATIOS*                  
      Annualized Net Charge-offs to Average Loans *0.05**%*     0.05%     0.07%     *0.04**%*     0.04%  
      Allowance for Loan Losses to Period End Loans *0.73**%*     0.73%     0.74%          
      Non-performing Assets to Period End Assets *0.38**%*     0.33%     0.14%          
      Non-performing Loans to Period End Loans *0.55**%*     0.46%     0.19%          
      Loans 30-89 Days Past Due to Period End Loans *0.32**%*     0.48%     0.36%          
                         
    *SELECTED BALANCE SHEET & OTHER FINANCIAL DATA*                  
      Average Assets *$* *3,078,875*     $ 3,033,055     $ 2,970,408     *$* *3,002,695*     $ 2,841,096  
      Average Earning Assets *$* *2,866,359*     $ 2,820,750     $ 2,762,340     *$* *2,794,107*     $ 2,650,003  
      Average Total Loans *$* *2,100,432*     $ 2,058,453     $ 2,004,983     *$* *2,036,717*     $ 1,904,779  
      Average Demand Deposits *$* *598,107*     $ 572,204     $ 559,597     *$* *572,356*     $ 513,199  
      Average Interest Bearing Liabilities *$* *2,091,693*     $ 2,077,218     $ 2,041,583     *$* *2,056,105*     $ 1,979,176  
      Average Equity *$* *362,356*     $ 358,299     $ 338,270     *$* *350,913*     $ 321,520  
                         
      Period End Non-performing Assets ^(3) *$* *11,864*     $ 10,219     $ 4,037          
      Period End Non-performing Loans ^(4) *$* *11,810*     $ 9,651     $ 3,795          
      Period End Loans 30-89 Days Past Due ^(5) *$* *6,865*     $ 10,089     $ 7,109          
                         
      Tax Equivalent Net Interest Income *$* *26,751*     $ 26,207     $ 26,116     *$* *105,057*     $ 99,470  
      Net Charge-offs during Period *$* *277*     $ 249     $ 346     *$* *864*     $ 830  
                         
                         
    ^(1 ^) Efficiency Ratio is defined as Non-interest Expense divided by the sum of Net Interest Income, on a tax equivalent basis, and Non-interest Income.        
    ^(2 ^) Net Overhead Expense is defined as Total Non-interest Expense less Total Non-interest Income.        
    ^(3 ^) Non-performing assets are defined as Non-accrual Loans, Loans Past Due 90 days or more, Restructured Loans, and Other Real Estate Owned.        
    ^(4 ^) Non-performing loans are defined as Non-accrual Loans, Loans Past Due 90 days or more, and Restructured Loans.        
    ^(5 ^) Loans 30-89 days past due and still accruing.                  For additional information, contact:
    *Mark A Schroeder, *Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of German American Bancorp, Inc.
    *Bradley M Rust, *Executive Vice President/CFO of German American Bancorp, Inc.
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    BOSTON (AP) — A state agency that oversees health insurance for public employees said Thursday it would reconsider its decision to limit offerings for hundreds of thousands of state workers and retirees, following harsh criticism of the move from labor unions and legislative leaders. The Group Insurance Commission said it would vote next week to […] Reported by Seattle Times 5 days ago.

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    Idaho is pushing the envelope on ignoring Obamacare rules in a huge test for the Trump administration **

    · *Idaho wants to allow insurers to offer plans that do not meet regulations laid out by the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.*
    · *Experts say the legality of the move is questionable.*
    · *Also unclear is whether the Department of Health and Human Services, which has helped undermine Obamacare under President Donald Trump, will step in to prevent the move.*

    --------------------A new health insurance proposal in Idaho is set to test the Trump administration's commitment to allow states to modify — or flat-out ignore — the Affordable Care Act's rules and regulations.

    Amid Congress' failure to repeal and replace the ACA, or Obamacare, the Department of Health and Human Services under President Donald Trump has worked unilaterally to undermine many of the law's key elements. The administration has argued the changes are designed to enhance consumer choice and bring down costs.

    But a new waiver request from Idaho proposes to go beyond undermining the law and simply ignoring it. It would allow insurers to sell healthcare coverage in the state's marketplace that does not meet Obamacare's requirements to qualify for the exchanges.

    It would require that insurers offer some plans that are ACA compliant. But "state-based" plans would not need to meet certain requirements of the law, such as care for 10 basic medical needs that all ACA-compliant plans must cover.

    Experts say the "state-based" plans could revert back to pre-ACA rules that allowed insurers charge more for people with a preexisting condition.

    "In the Wild West, Idaho is allowing insurers to: Impose preexisting condition exclusions for people who were uninsured. Charge higher premiums for sick people. Exclude certain benefits," tweeted Larry Levitt, senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health policy group.

    The legality of the move is questionable and could embroil the state in a lengthy court battle.

    "I don’t see how this is reconciled with the basic ACA requirements," Scott Harrington, a healthcare management professor at the University of Pennsylvania, told The Wall Street Journal.

    It's unclear whether new HHS leadership will challenge the proposed changes. HHS is required to step in and enforce ACA rules if a state does not or can't comply with them, and the department already does so in four states.

    Newly confirmed HHS Secretary Alex Azar, whom the Senate confirmed to the position on Wednesday, has a big decision to make, Levitt said.

    "If a state is not enforcing the ACA’s insurance rules, the federal government is supposed to step in and do it," he tweeted. "Idaho could be an early challenge for the new HHS Secretary."

    But enforcement of the health law would run counter to the actions of the healthcare regulatory structure under Trump in his first year. The HHS and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services undertook a series of changes in 2017 that many health policy experts said were targeted at dismantling the ACA.

    Tom Price, the previous HHS secretary, laid out a 10-step plan to undermine the law. Price resigned after reports surfaced regarding his overuse of government-funded air travel. 

    Premiums for a benchmark silver plan in the ACA marketplace for 2018 increased by 37%, more than the year prior, and many insurers cited meddling from Washington as a key reason for the increases.

    *SEE ALSO: Steven Mnuchin is trying to fix 'the first serious economic misstep by the Trump administration'*

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    [India], January 30 (ANI-Newsvoir): India's first and most significant standard of talent delight, the People Capital Index, has awarded Apollo Munich Health Insurance for being one of India's top Reported by Sify 3 hours ago.

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    India’s First People Capital Index Awards Apollo Munich Health Insurance for Being in India’s Best 50 on Talent Satisfaction · *Awarded at the year’s biggest HR leadership summit, Leading From Behind, in Mumbai*

    · *India’s first People Capital Index* recognizes 50 best companies out of 180 for exemplary talent nurturing

    · *PCI can become a gold standard for talent development*: *Venkataram Arabolu*, Managing Director - BSI Group India

     

     

     

     

    India’s first and most significant standard of talent delight, the *People Capital Index*, has awarded *Apollo Munich Health Insurance *for being one of India’s top 50 with a high degree of employee satisfaction about its talent development efforts and programs. This was announced at the prestigious HR leadership summit, Leading From Behind, where the 50 companies that ranked high as per the findings of the People Capital Index, were felicitated. Apollo Munich received the PCI award in the presence of the Who’s Who of Corporate and HR leaders along with industry professionals and practitioners.

     
     

    *One of India’s Best 50 on Talent Satisfaction by PCI*

     

    The *People Capital Index Report *for companies in India is the first significant and deep dive into employee perception of how well their organizations are working on developing their people capital. *Jombay*, one of India’s fastest growing talent assessment and development companies, conducted extensive anonymous surveys of mid-managers in different organizations via social and online media and internal company referrals to obtain their inputs.

     

    For a company to qualify for evaluation per the norms of India’s People Capital Index, a minimum of 30 of its mid-management level employees should have taken the anonymous online survey. By that yardstick, 180 Indian companies had qualified to be in the PCI race; of these, 50 were felicitated. PCI released a list of the Top 50 PCI score companies in alphabetical order without a ranking. So the HR policies, programs and initiatives for talent development at Apollo Munich have been acknowledged as being among the best across Indian enterprise.

     

    The *British Standards Institution* (*BSI*), the world’s most experienced Standards Body and founding member of ISO, has been the standards & audit partner for PCI.

     

    *Venkataram Arabolu, Managing Director - BSI Group India Pvt Ltd.*, said,  “After carefully evaluating the process, scoring and methodology of Jombay's People Capital Index, we believe that this benchmarking index, has a lot of potential to become a global standard for talent development. PCI follows a highly transparent process as it runs anonymous surveys independently, making it difficult to get influenced results. We at BSI feel that PCI will serve as a yardstick for the Learning and Development fraternity. It will create and give them a concrete measure to evaluate their existing practices and be future-ready.”

     

    *Suruchi Wagh, Co-founder and CPO of Jombay,* said, “We are delighted to have given Indian enterprise its first People Capital Index. It is the first survey on ‘*people*’ in India that provides a deep-dive on the human capital development efforts of an organization. Apollo Munich Health Insurance, which is amongst the best 50 Indian companies on PCI, is not only powering talent development, but also setting an example with great takeaways for the entire HR fraternity in India. The HR team at Apollo Munich should be very proud indeed. The People Capital Index also has many findings, takeaways and insights which, coming as they do from employee feedback, will help and guide HR practitioners a great deal in people development and thereby also combat attrition. We are confident that the PCI will become the People Development gold standard for all companies and HR professionals across Indian enterprise.”

      
    *Dr. Sriharsha Achar, CPO, Apollo Munich*

    *Dr. Sriharsha Achar, Chief People Officer, **Apollo Munich Health Insurance *said, “Employees and Customers have always been at the focal point of whatever we do at Apollo Munich. It is a matter of pride and satisfaction that our employees have expressed great satisfaction with our HR policies and initiatives that are aimed at empowering them and enable them do their best every day. Our employees are our most precious asset, and this high rank on India’s first People Capital Index is the most satisfying vindication of both, our HR policies and the focus and support of our top leadership for the growth and development of our employees.”

     

    *Some key insights and takeaways from the People Capital Index*:

    The PCI  reveals the areas the best 50 companies have scored over the rest. Key differentiator: Enabler of employees, supporter of professional development genuinely caring for the employees. Not merely conducting the talent development initiatives because it is protocol. Apollo Munich, which is amongst the Top 50 Indian companies on PCI, is not only powering talent development, but also setting an example with great takeaways for the entire HR fraternity in India.

     

    The PCI also throws light on the key *gaps* in human capital development efforts that corporate India needs to work on, like the need to align L&D interventions to business and make them more relevant; the lack of ready-to-implement tips and relevance which hence serve as the biggest challenge in creating adoption and impact; the need to change metrics tracking learning; the low degree of alignment of corporate India’s human capital development agenda to that of what employees want and the learning area domain gaps like developing leadership skills.

     

    Need-gap areas like these lead to the lessons for companies that have not scored highly on the Index. Areas here include the need to sync learning content with business relevance, to make learning real time, all the time, and more.

     

    At a time when the People Agenda has invariably featured amongst the top 3 priorities of most CEOs, the People Capital Index has provided several takeaways and insights to help HR heads in their quest for talent retention through talent engagement and delight.

     

    *About Apollo Munich Health Insurance Company*

    Apollo Munich offers innovative and award-winning health, personal accident and travel insurance plans, with state-of-the art infrastructure and uncomplicated services, delivered by engaged employees. It is a joint venture between the Apollo Hospitals Group, Asia’s largest healthcare group, and Munich Health, Munich Re’s health business segment, which offers global health insurance and reinsurance excellence.

      Reported by NewsVoir 5 hours ago.

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