Thursday, April 05, 2007

Oliver Press Partners Gets Its webMethods (WEBM) Wish Granted... Quickly

In an 13D filing after the close on webMethods Inc. (Nasdaq: WEBM), 6% shareholder Oliver Press Partners, LLC said it may seek to have the Company "pursue an extraordinary transaction such as a sale or a merger." Oliver's wish was answered quickly as webMethods announced this morning that Software AG will acquire the company for $9.15 per share or approximately $546 million --- a healthy premium to yesterday's $7.28 close.

The firm paid on average about $7 per share for its stake.

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