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BEA Systems Could Go For $15-$18 a Share

Credit Suisse Gives BEA Systems Six Months Tops Before It's Acquired

Renewed - or maybe the word is just louder since it's been pretty constant - speculation that BEA is up for grabs has Credit Suisse, for one, believing that the company is in play and that it could go for $15-$18 a share.

It says, "While management may still be hesitant about selling the business, it's our opinion that they are rapidly losing the ability to influence the decision" - a situation that would be clinched by another weak quarter after the "April Q1 disappointment [that] was the spark that set a series of events in motion that should lead to a positive outcome for shareholders."

Credit Suisse analyst Jason Maynard thinks BEA will go to Oracle or private equity in the next three-six months, "not the often mentioned HP." A strategic buyer would pay a few bucks more, he thinks, than a financial buyer.

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Renewed - or maybe the word is just louder since it's been pretty constant - speculation that BEA is up for grabs has Credit Suisse, for one, believing that the company is in play and that it could go for $15-$18 a share. It says, 'While management may still be hesitant about selling the business, it's our opinion that they are rapidly losing the ability to influence the decision' - a situation that would be clinched by another weak quarter after the 'April Q1 disappointment [that] was the spark that set a series of events in motion that should lead to a positive outcome for shareholders.'

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