Don't think it means a buyout is near for FNLC. Bank of Maine needed to be bailed out after the 2008-2009 banking crisis. Investors came in and recapitalized and reorganized it. I think it was always their goal to sell it once it was back on it's feet. It's a sign of Maine's economy recovering that this can happen, but I don't think anyone would want to take on any debt, even if it's cheap, to go on a buying spree. Besides, no one pays a dividend like FNLC-can't lose that!