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Harris Completes Purchase of Mercantile Bancorp, Inc.

Harris Completes Purchase of Mercantile Bancorp, Inc.

Chicago, December 30, 2004 – Harris Bank and its parent, BMO Financial Group (NYSE, TSE: BMO), announced today the completion of the acquisitions of Mercantile Bancorp, Inc. and Lake Commercial Corp.

Mercantile, based in Hammond, Ind., has 19 branch locations and provides Harris with the opportunity to expand its community banking services into Northwest Indiana. Lake Commercial Corp. is an entity established to develop potential branch properties for Mercantile Bank. The acquisitions were announced on October 13, 2004.

Harris Bank is one of the largest community banking networks in Illinois and is part of Harris, an integrated financial service organization that provides more than 1.5 million personal, business, corporate and institutional clients with banking, lending, investing, financial planning, trust administration, portfolio management, family office and wealth transfer services. For more information, please visit .

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Harris is a trademark used by various financial service providers in the BMO Financial Group, a marketing name used by Bank of Montreal. Banking products and services are provided by Harris N.A. and The Harris Bank N.A. Members FDIC. Insurance and annuities are offered through Harris Banco rp Insurance Services, Inc (HBIS). Securities are provided by Harris Nesbitt Corp (HNC), a registered broker dealer, member NYSE, FINRA and SIPC and Harrisdirect LLC, a registered broker dealer, member FINRA and SIPC. HBIS, HNC and Harrisdirect are wholly owned subsidiaries of Harris Financial Corp. Products offered by HBIS, HNC and Harrisdirectare Not Insured by the FDIC or any Federal Government Agency, Not a Deposit of or Guaranteed by Any Bank or Bank Affiliate, May Lose Value. The purchase of insurance or an annuity is not a condition on any bank loan or service. Financial planning and investment advisory services are provided by Sullivan, Bruyette, Speros & Blayney, Inc., an SEC registered investment advisor. Family office services are provided by Harris myCFO, Inc. Investment advisory services are also offered by Harris myCFO Investment Advisory Services LLC, an SEC registered investment advisor and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Harris myCFO, Inc. Not all products and services are offered in every state and/or location.