When Bank of North Carolina took over Beach First National Bank in Myrtle Beach on April 9, the seller was the first bank failure in South Carolina in 11 years.

Though the state fared better than its neighbors in the Southeast, analysts say pressure is rising at a handful of banks there, and that Beach First's failure is a sure sign of more to come. As potential bidders start circling, Bank of North Carolina — which acquired Beach First with assistance from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. — has positioned itself as a contender for future deals.

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