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What: Shares of salon operator Regis Corp.
So what: Back in August, the company -- whose brands include Supercuts, Sassoon, Regis, and MasterCuts -- put itself up for sale. The possibility of a hefty buyout price got investors excited and, prior to today, shares had added more than 30%. But according to the Post today, the final bids for the business were lower than expected. An unnamed source in the article said that interested buyers were looking for a price "in the high teens."
Now what: Regis' stock woes today demonstrate once again why speculating on buyouts is tricky business. For investors sniffing around the stock now, the best approach may be to wait and see. If the Post's article is correct, then Regis may find a buyer closer to this new, lower price and there won't be a huge premium for investors to pocket. On the other hand, if the buyout process falls apart altogether, the stock will likely lose even more ground, opening up the possibility for investors to jump on undervalued shares.
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