the question of how many financial institutions the Leawood, Kan., company can absorb at once.

Gold, with $1.3 billion of assets, said it would buy CountryBanc Holding Co. of Edmond, Okla.; First Business Bancshares of Kansas City, Mo.; and Linn County Bank of LaCygne, Kan., for a total of $118 million. The largest deal is the $82.7 million stock swap planned for CountryBanc, which has $530 million of assets.

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