ATLANTA -- A group of lenders led by Chase Manhattan Corp. could gain control of nearly half of troubled Hibernia Corp. as the result of a recapitalization agreement announced Thursday.

Hibernia, a New Orleans banking company that lost $129.9 in the first nine months of 1991, said it had agreed in principle with Chase and six other banks to restructure $85 million in existing debt plus $10 million in deferred fees and interest.

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