Community First Bankshares of Fargo, N.D., said it would take a $3.1
FirstPlus Financial Group, Dallas, plans to buy most of Community
Cygnet Financial Services Inc., a unit of Phoenix-based Ugly Duckling
Terms of the deals were not disclosed.
The $5.7 billion-asset Community First, which announced in January that
The one-time charge and the loss would result in an estimated nine-cent
Earnings are scheduled to be announced Thursday.
The charge represents a loss on disposition of $1.7 million and expenses
Community First would retain about $100 million in loans and servicing
Community First acquired the businesses in its December 1996 purchase of
Analysts generally viewed the intended sales as positive.
"They thought the business would be a nice contributor to their bottom
"They've taken their medicine, gotten rid of this thing, and now they
Another analyst said Community First could have avoided a loss had it
"It was never a good strategic fit," said Ben Crabtree of Dain Rauscher
"It has been treated as a discontinued operation. The bad news is
Donald R. Mengedoth, president and chief executive officer of Community