PLAYING IT COOL: Buying Idaho Banking would be "a unique opportunity" because Boise is the No. 3 market in the northwestern U.S., Banner CEO Mark Grescovich says. However, Banner execs insist they won't overbid.

Banner Expects Rival Bids in Auction of Idaho Banking

Multiple bidders are the new normal in bankruptcy auctions of banks. Case in point is Banner Corp., which anticipates at least one competing offer for Idaho Banking in Boise. Some banks are increasingly letting an initial bidder bear the preparatory expense before swooping in with a higher price.

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