The latest deal announcement by Anchor Bancorp Wisconsin promises to push the company into a fast-growing region of the state. It also should stifle rumors-for now-that the $2.1 billion-asset thrift holding company is about to be sold.

Anchor, based in Madison, announced last week that it intends to buy Oshkosh, Wis.-based FCB Financial Corp. in a stock deal worth $172 million. The price is 2.23 times FCB's book value.

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