More community banks appear interested in bidding for failed peers as their own health improves and the number of targets is expected to multiply.
But they face a number of obstacles, including proving to skeptical regulators that they’re qualified, having enough staff and expertise to beat out bigger rivals, and affording rising prices driven by the added competition of private equity.
In an online poll, readers were split fairly evenly on whether community banks have a shot at such deals, with 44% saying yes, 43% saying no, and 12% unsure.
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