CPI International Inc. (CPII) surged by 33 percent on Friday, printing the biggest gain in the R2K. The maker of radio and satellite communication systems announced it would be acquired by Veritas Capital, the New York private equity firm, for $19.50 per share in cash in a transaction valued at approximately $525 million. The price represents a a premium of 35 percent over CPI’s closing share price Wednesday of $14.47.
CPI International’s PPS has now doubled in the past 12 months and more than tripled since the spring of 2009.
CPI’s rival Comtech announced in a cash-and-stock deal worth $472.3 million to buy the company in May, but the transaction collapsed in September after Comtech’s share price dropped, hurting the value of the cash-and-share offer. The companies broke that deal off in September after Comtech paid a termination fee of $15 million.
At last check, CPII shares were up $4.79 to $19.26, a gain of 33.10%.
Shares are seeing huge volume; mid-way through the session CPII shares have already traded 1.25 million shares, well above the daily average volume of 58,000 shares.