A breakup perhaps has never ended so well as when the local investors bought out Capitol Bancorp's majority stake in three Colorado banks more than two years ago.

The banks — Fort Collins Commerce Bank, Larimer Bank of Commerce and Loveland Bank of Commerce — were merged a few months later to create Verus Bank of Commerce in 2011. The combined bank, based in Fort Collins, has gone on to post double-digit loan growth and healthy loan-to-deposit and efficiency ratios. 

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