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(B)(N) CPWR Compuware Corporation

November 15, 2013

Deal Book. Armed with some accounting fundamentals, 5% of the stock and a vision and maybe some proxies, activist shareholders are stalking the forty-year old Compuware Corporation of Detroit, Michigan (The New York Times, November 14, 2013, The Deal: Compuware Told to Sell or Fight). Their offer to buy the company at $11 per share ($2.4 billion) in December last year fell with a thud; the company was trading at $10.50 to $11.50 at the time and one wonders where the “shareholder value” is in $11 per share?

The Lonely Hunters

The Lonely Hunters

In the interim, they combined forces with several other investment groups and hedge funds and took down BMC Software in September which had a market value of $6.5 billion at the time but the two companies combined (Compuware plus BMC) still falls far short of competitors such as Oracle Corporation ($158 billion), SAP AG ($98  billion), Salesforce ($34 billion), Adobe Systems ($29 billion) and Intuit Incorporated ($27 billion) and the mainframe and network application software divisions of Microsoft Incorporated and IBM.

Compuware has also been eroding cash from the balance sheet ($100 million last  year and $50 million now) and building receivables from $400 million to the current $450 million which might say something about its customers in government and the auto industry (who will eventually be “good for it”) but despite that, the “enterprise value” (described as the “Coase Dividend“) of Compuware has been increasing at a time in the which the enterprise value of BMC Software was significantly decreasing (please see our Post for more details).

Compuware will pay a dividend of $110 million to its shareholders this year for a current yield of 4.6%. In our view, Compushare is “fairly valued” at the “price of risk” which we estimate as the Risk Price (SF) of $9.60 per share and rising. Please see Exhibit 1 below.

Exhibit 1: (B)(N) CPWR Compushare Corporation – Risk Price Chart

(B)(N) CPWR Compushare Corporation

(B)(N) CPWR Compushare Corporation

Compuware Corporation delivers services and software that enable its customers’ important technologies to perform at their peak.

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From the Company: Compuware Corporation provides services, software, and practices for information technology (IT) organizations worldwide. The company’s Application Performance Management segment offers software-as-a-service solutions to test and monitor the performance, availability, and quality of companies Web and mobile applications; and on-premises licensed solutions that provide detailed application insight that identifies and helps correct the causes of poor application performance within client workstations, network, server, Java, and .NET environments. Its Mainframe segment provides solutions to enhance the productivity of development, maintenance, and support teams in application analysis, testing, defect detection and remediation, fault management, file and data management, data compliance, and application performance management in International Business Machines mainframe environments. The company’s Changepoint segment provides business portfolio management and professional services automation solutions for technology companies, enterprise IT, and professional services organizations. Its Uniface segment provides application development environment for building, renewing, and integrating the complex enterprise applications. This segment enables enterprises to meet increasing demand for developing complex, secure, and global Web 2.0 applications, deployable on any platform, including the cloud. The company’s Professional Services segment offers various IT services for mainframe, distributed, and mobile environments, including mobile computing application development and integration, package software customization, cloud computing consulting, and development and integration of legacy systems. Its Covisint Application Services segment uses business-to-business applications to integrate vital business information and processes between partners, customers, and suppliers. The company was founded in 1973, has 4,500 employees  and is headquartered in Detroit, Michigan.

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