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December 18, 2012

Elliott offers $2.3B for Compuware

NEW YORK (AP) — Compuware shares jumped 17 percent Monday, after one of its largest shareholders offered to buy the software development company for about $2.35 billion in a bid to turn it around.

New York-based investment firm Elliott Management, which holds an 8 percent stake in Compuware Corp., wants to acquire it for $11 per share. The offer represents a 15 percent premium over its Friday closing stock price.

"Compuware is a long-established company that we have followed closely for several years," Elliott said in its letter to Compuware's board. "We believe in the quality of Compuware's assets — however, its execution, profitability and growth have meaningfully underperformed."

In its letter, Elliott touted its experience in the software industry and familiarity with Compuware, saying that it's "uniquely situated" to get the best value for the company's shareholders. It said it's confident that it can find financing for such a deal and wants to meet with the company's board as soon as possible.

Other technology-related holdings of Elliott include BMC Software, Brocade Communications and Emulex Corp., according to FactSet.

Later on Monday, Compuware released a statement saying that it received the offer and would review it with its financial and legal advisers.

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