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Monday, April 30, 2012

Blinking in the face of a going-private

Kara Swisher of AllThingsD has the story of how Demand Media was considering a going-private transcation, but then decided against it:

One thing was true: “Demand was definitely at the altar, but it did not get to the vows,” said one source.

Another source noted that the board also determined that Demand’s situation was improving, and that new trends are showing that the bottom might be been reached. The company reports its first-quarter earnings on May 8, which is expected to show some traction related to its many challenges.

“There is nothing [Thomas H.] Lee could do that Demand could not do for itself,” said one person. “So throwing in the towel seemed premature for now.”

Somehow it's heartening that directors looked at a going private deal and decided that they, the directors, could generate value for the public shareholders by staying public.  




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