Synovus Financial Corp. chief executive officer Richard Anthony, whose Georgia bank ranks last by share price among the 25 biggest U.S. lenders, said he's ready to be a buyer, not a seller.

"There is a place for Synovus and a space out there where we can potentially stand out," Anthony, 63, said in an interview. Synovus can compete against larger rivals and will benefit as smaller banks fail in its main Georgia and Florida markets, he said.

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