First Merchants Corp. in Muncie, Ind., used a regulatory filing Tuesday to disclose the names of the two private equity firms that participated in a recent private placement of common stock.

The $4.1 billion-asset company said that Castle Creek Capital Partners IV and Endicott Opportunity Partners III collectively bought 2.8 million shares of stock for roughly $21.2 million, or $7.50 a share. The company announced the placement last week in a press release but did not reveal the names of the participating parties.

First Merchants plans to use the funds, along with $90.8 million from the Treasury Department's Small Business Lending Fund, to exit the Troubled Asset Relief Program. The company received $116 million of Tarp funds in February 2009.

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