Forget the pile of nonperforming assets, eight consecutive quarterly losses and the cancellation of a similar rights offering a year ago; BankAtlantic Bancorp Inc. is again asking shareholders to double down.

The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., company announced plans Monday to raise up to $100 million through a rights offering. Such transactions, in which a company gives existing shareholders the opportunity to buy more shares, are common among small, privately held banks. They have been rare among listed ones lately, as investors who lost money on bank stocks during the crisis were loath to buy more.

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