charters, West Coast Bancorp of Lake Oswego, Ore., is prime takeover bait.

Analysts said several factors are fueling speculation that West Coast -- Oregon's largest independent bank, with $1.2 billion of assets and 42 branches that stretch into Washington is on the block. The bank's chief executive officer, Victor L. Bartruff, resigned suddenly, and no successor has been named. And the bank's stock price has been languishing.

Limited Time Offer

Save $400 off your subscription. Special offer ends April 30, 2017.

14-Day Free Trial

No credit card required. Complete access to articles, breaking news and industry data.