The stock rose as much as 15% on Friday, Oct. 26, sending the stock's market cap to more than $4.4 billion. Mellanox, CNBC reported, has garnered interest from at least two buyers. Mellanox has hired a financial adviser to explore a sale.
The push for a sale comes from activist value investment firm Starboard Value LP, which has more than $4 billion under management. Starboard had successfully pushed for three new board directors early this year. It currently holds an 8.6% stake in Mellanox.
Mellanox makes chips and other hardware products for data centers. The current valuation, clearly reflecting an expected premium on a potential sale, brings the company's trailing 12 months earnings multiple to about 81.
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