Despite three big boosts to capital in 2009, First Financial Bancorp in Cincinnati is looking to amass an even bigger treasure chest of capital this year.

Coming off of a quarter in which its earnings beat analysts' estimates by 47%, the $6.9 billion-asset company announced plans Tuesday to raise as much as $95 million in a common equity offering. The bulk of the funds are earmarked to redeem the $80 million it received from the Treasury Department's Troubled Asset Relief Program.

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