In its first foray into Colorado, KeyCorp said Thursday that it had signed a definitive agreement to buy Home Federal Savings Bank of Fort Collins for about $17 million in stock.

KeyCorp spokesman Donald Kauth said the Albany, N.Y.- based company had no intention of becoming a major player in Colorado.

The deal is an attempt to bolster its Wyoming presence. Fort Collins and Cheyenne, 50 miles apart, are considered the same market area, he said.

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KeyCorp has three branches in Cheyenne, giving it the biggest market share of deposits.

Home Federal has $245 million in assets and four branches. Although the thrift posted losses in 1989 and 1990, it earned $1.3 million in 1991 and $2.6 million for the first nine months of this year.

KeyCorp., with $25 billion in assets, is paying $32 a share, or about 1.2 times the thrift's book value.

In late trading on Thursday, Home Federal's stock was up $3.50, to $28.50, on the news. KeyCorp's stock was down 50 cents, to $34.50.

Mr. Kauth said the the acquisition would not have a material effect on KeyCorp's share earnings.

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