Shoring up a leadership position in southern Florida, NationsBank Corp. has reached an agreement to purchase Miami-based Chase Federal Bank, the largest independent thrift left in the state.

NationsBank said Monday it would buy $2.8 billion-asset Chase Federal and its parent company TAC Bancshares for $280 million in cash. The price is 1.7 times the thrift's book value and 13.5 times its fiscal June 1996 earnings.

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