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Why Shares of Xura Inc. Jumped Today

By Jeremy Bowman - May 23, 2016 at 2:04PM

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The software services provider soared on a buyout agreement. Here's what you need to know.

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What: Shares of Xura Inc. (NASDAQ: MESG) surged today after the company accepted a buyout offer from affiliates of Siris Capital Group. The stock has been within a narrow range today and was up 17.2% as of 1:04 p.m. ET.

So what: The software solutions provider said it had "entered into a definitive agreement" to be acquired by Siris Capital Group in an all-cash deal for $643 million, or $25 per share. The agreement was unanimously approved by Xura's board of directors. Shareholders still have to vote on the matter at a special meeting to be held soon. 

The agreement allows Xura to have a 45-day "go-shop" period when it can solicit other offers. 

CEO Philippe Tartavull said, "Siris' acquisition of Xura is a strong endorsement of our transformation strategy and provides immediate value to our stockholders."

Now what: Xura shares are still trading about 2% below the buyout price, indicating that there is some skepticism about the deal going through. Still, with the board of directors' approval, it seems more likely than not that the company will get acquired for $25 a share. The go-shop period could further enrich investors if the company receives another offer.

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