Newsweek Magazine Selects Farmers & Merchants Bank of Central California as California’s Best Community Bank | 2021-10-20 | Press Releases



LODI, Calif., October 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Farmers & Merchants Bancorp (OTCQX: FMCB), the parent company of Farmers & Merchants Bank of Central California (F&M Bank), is pleased to announce that F&M Bank has been named “Best Community Bank in California” in Newsweek’s ranking of Best American Banks 2022.

Newsweek’s ranking recognizes the financial institutions that best serve the needs of their customers in each state. The ranking of the best community banks was published in America’s Best Banks magazine. Newsweek has acknowledged that the pandemic has reshaped banking, prompting consumers to seek reliable customer service with banking options that serve them best.

America’s Best Banks winners were selected from over 2,500 financial institutions and assessed on over 30 distinct factors spanning overall bank health, customer service performance and functionality, digital and branch presence, account and loan options, interest rate offers and fees. The best community bank in each state was to have total assets of less than $ 10 billion.

“We are extremely honored to have been selected as the best community bank in California”,said Kent A. Steinwert, Chairman, President and CEO of F&M Bank. “This recognition is a testament to the superior customer service that the F&M Bank team members provide to our clients. We are touched by Newsweek’s recognition and are proud to have trusted for generations in the communities we serve. ”

About Farmers & Merchants Bancorp

Farmers & Merchants Bancorp, listed on the OTCQX under the symbol FMCB, is the parent company of Farmers & Merchants Bank of Central California, also known as F&M Bank. Founded in 1916, F&M Bank is a locally owned and operated community bank that proudly serves California through 32 convenient locations. The F&M Bank is the 14e the largest agricultural bank lender in the United States and the largest community agricultural bank lender west of the Rocky Mountains. In 2013, the bank began an expansion in the San Francisco Bay Area with new full-service branches in Walnut Creek, Concord and Napa. At the end of 2021, F&M Bank will open a full-service branch in Oakland in the village of Montclair. The Bank offers a full line of business loan, deposit, equipment rental and cash management products, as well as a full line of consumer banking products. The FDIC gave F&M Bank the highest possible rating of “Outstanding” in its 2019 CRA assessment. Farmers & Merchants Bancorp has paid dividends for 86 consecutive years and increased its dividends for 56 consecutive years. As a result, FMCB is a member of a select group of only 32 publicly traded companies referred to as “Dividend Kings. & CloseCurlyDoubleQuote; Additionally, the bank has maintained a 5-star BauerFinancial rating for 30 consecutive years, longer than any other commercial bank in the State of California. For more information on Farmers & Merchants Bancorp and F&M Bank, visit

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