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Thoma Bravo to Buy Compuware for $2.5 Billion

September 2, 2014

Associated Press

Private equity firm Thoma Bravo is spending about $2.5 billion to buy Compuware and take the software developer private.

The companies say Compuware stock owners will receive about $10.92 for each share they own. That price includes mostly cash and some stock from Compuware spin-off Covisint.

It represents a premium of about 17 per cent to the Detroit company's Friday closing price.

Compuware says its board unanimously approved the deal and recommends shareholders vote for it as well. Activist investor Elliott Management has already agreed to vote in favour of the deal. Elliott holds more than a 9 per cent stake in Compuware Corp. and tried to acquire the company last year.

Thoma Bravo and Compuware expect the deal to close early next year.

Shares of Compuware are soaring in morning trading.

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Original headline: Private equity firm Thoma Bravo to buy software developer Compuware for $2.5 billion


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