Another large community bank is eyeing an exit after a breakthrough year.

The announcement by Virginia Commerce Bancorp (VCBI) that it had hired Sandler O'Neill to help it explore "strategic alternatives to enhance shareholder value" — including, of course, a sale — puzzles some considering it was just hitting its stride. Similar questions could be asked of Hanmi Financial (HAFC) in Los Angeles, which hired an investment banker last week.

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