IPC Healthcare Inc (NASDAQ:IPCM) surged by around 35% and hit a lifetime high on Tuesday following the announcement regarding its acquisition by Team Health Holdings LLC (NYSE:TMH). IPC Healthcare Inc (NASDAQ:IPCM) has agreed to be acquired by Team Health Holdings for a price of $80.25 per share or $1.6 billion in total, which is a 37.3% premium to the closing price on Monday. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter.
IPC Healthcare Inc (NASDAQ:IPCM) reported its financial results for the second quarter on July 29. The acute hospitalist posted EPS of $0.53, missing the consensus expectation by $0.01 with a revenue of $184 million for the quarter, $2.05 million below the consensus estimate.
Heading into the second quarter, a total of seven of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on IPC Healthcare Inc (NASDAQ:IPCM), holding in aggregate $18.6 million worth of stock, which is 1.5% lower than aggregate capital held by nine funds at the end of 2014. During the January – March period, the stock has appreciated by 1.6%, which shows an outflow of capital from the company. In this way, it seems that hedge funds have not anticipated a takeover deal as they have been bearish on the stock.
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With this in mine, let’s take a look at the latest hedge funds’ moves involving IPC Healthcare Inc (NASDAQ:IPCM).