ITLA Capital Corp. in San Diego, boasting record earnings in the real estate lending business, says it hopes to repeat this success in franchise lending.

The $1.3 billion-asset holding company for Imperial Capital Bank has agreed to buy franchise loans originated by Atherton Capital Inc., a San Francisco commercial finance company. In the fourth quarter, the bank said, it will begin buying loans made to owners of franchised fast-food restaurants such as Wendy's and Burger King, as well as mini-market gas stations.

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