updated 5/24/2011 8:46:27 AM ET 2011-05-24T12:46:27

MIDLAND, Mich., May 24, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Chemical Financial Corporation (Nasdaq:CHFC) today announced that the Board of Directors of the Company declared a second quarter 2011 cash dividend on its common stock of $0.20 per share. The second quarter 2011 dividend will be payable on June 17, 2011, to shareholders of record on June 3, 2011. The ex-dividend date is June 1, 2011. Chemical Financial Corporation is the second-largest bank holding company headquartered in Michigan. The Company operates through a single subsidiary bank, Chemical Bank, with 142 banking offices spread over 32 counties in the lower peninsula of Michigan. At March 31, 2011, the Company had total assets of $5.3 billion. Chemical Financial Corporation common stock trades on The NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbol CHFC and is one of the issues comprising the NASDAQ Global Select Market. More information about the Company is available by visiting the investor relations section of its website at www.chemicalbankmi.com .

Forward-Looking Statements

The Company's declaration of a dividend in any period does not commit the board of directors to declare future dividends. Each future dividend will be considered and declared by the board of directors in its discretion. The ability of the board of directors to continue to declare dividends will depend on a number of factors, including the Company's future financial condition and profitability.

CONTACT:  David B. Ramaker, CEO
          Lori A. Gwizdala, CFO
          989-839-5350

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