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Private Bankers May Move to Take Over BMC

Bloomberg says the company met with potential buyers last week

Private equity houses KKR, TPG Capital or Bain Capital Partners may be persuaded to take BMC private.

Bloomberg says the company, which has a market cap of $6.5 billion, met with potential buyers last week. It also approached Oracle, Cisco, Dell, EMC and CA.

Bloomberg says those strategic investors are unlikely to bite because they're not interested in BMC's old-line mainframe software and breaking up the company would be expensive.

The Texas company also sells software for storage management, database performance and data recovery.

It's under pressure from activist shareholder Elliott Management to sell out and recently hired Bank of America Merrill Lynch to scout out opportunities. Elliott now owns at least 7.7% of BMC and got two people on the BMC board in July at the threat of a proxy fight.

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