Pacific Mercantile Bank Provides $3 Million in Financing to Rich-Uncles

COSTA MESA, Calif., June 25, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pacific Mercantile Bank ("the Bank"), the wholly owned subsidiary of Pacific Mercantile Bancorp (Nasdaq:PMBC), today announced that it has recently extended a $3 million line of credit to Rich-Uncles, a real estate investment trust (REIT). In addition to the line of credit, Rich-Uncles will utilize Pacific Mercantile Bank's treasury management services.

Headquartered in Newport Beach, Rich-Uncles is a pioneer in crowdfunded online investment platforms. Utilizing a crowdfunding model for capital-raising, Rich-Uncles is a REIT focused on single-tenant, freestanding commercial real estate properties. Starting with an investment as small as $500, Rich-Uncles allows retail investors to participate in the benefits of commercial real estate ownership including quarterly cash dividends, tax advantages, and profit participation when properties are sold at a gain.

Rich-Uncles is managed by a team of accomplished real estate professionals including Harold Hofer (CEO), Howard Makler (President / CMO), and founding investor Ray Wirta (Chairman, CBRE Group, Inc.).

"We were very impressed with Pacific Mercantile Bank's ability to understand our unique business model and develop a creative solution to help meet our financing and cash management needs," said Mr. Hofer. "Rich-Uncles has nearly 10,000 members, and with the support of Pacific Mercantile, we will be able to continue growing the Company and creating value for our shareholders."

"Rich-Uncles is a powerful platform that combines the most innovative and efficient means of capital-raising with a proven approach to real estate investment," said Tom Vertin, President of Commercial Banking for Pacific Mercantile Bank. "We are excited to partner with a true innovator and we look forward to growing the relationship as Rich-Uncles continues to attract more investors to its fund."

About Pacific Mercantile Bank

Pacific Mercantile Bank opened for business March 1, 1999. The Bank, which is FDIC insured and a member of the Federal Reserve System, provides a wide range of commercial banking services to businesses, business owners and business professionals through its combination of traditional banking offices and comprehensive, sophisticated electronic banking services.

The Bank, headquartered in Orange County, operates a total of eight banking offices in Southern California, located in Orange, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Bernardino counties. In addition, the Bank offers comprehensive online banking services accessible at www.pmbank.com. Pacific Mercantile Bancorp (Nasdaq:PMBC) is the parent holding company of Pacific Mercantile Bank.

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Source:Pacific Mercantile Bank