3Com (NASDAQ:COMS) may be a long-standing disaster story on its own, but shares are up 30% pre-market. The Wall Street Journal has reported that 3Com is about to be acquired by private equity firm Bain Capital and Cinese equipment maker Huawei for more than $2 Billion. This will reach more than $5.00 per share if the reports are accurate, representing more than a 50% premium.
Shares of COMS were halted at 8:06 AM EST up 32% at $4.88 in pre-market activity and had traded 1.44 million shares. This is one of those stocks that we had featured as one that management couldn’t fix. Maybe private equity and the Chinese can.
- Recent earnings looked OK, but the stock didn’t.
- We noted it being for sale previously.
- We also noted it seeing tertiary benefits from Sun’s investment by KKR.
- This will give Huawei its joint venture stake back.
Jon C. Ogg
September 28, 2007
Jon Ogg can be reached at email@example.com; he produces the Special Situation Investing Newsletter and does not own securities in the companies he covers.