Why Polycom Inc (PLCM)’s Stock Has Rallied Today?

Polycom Inc (NASDAQ:PLCMhas rallied by 6% following a Wall Street Journal article stating that a second buyer has made a revised offer in which Polycom might find as ‘superior’ to the current one offered by Mitel Networks Corporation (NASDAQ:MITL) where Polycom shareholders would own 60% of the combination of the two. The second buyer, a private equity firm, offered two choices. Here’s how the Wall Street Journal put it:

“The unidentified private-equity firm presented two plans: an $11-a-share cash dividend, or the choice to trade the dividend for a new convertible preferred stock; or a “take private” deal of $11.50-a-share in cash with a contingent of up to $3 a share.”

If investors take up the second plan, and get all of the contingent of $3 per share, Polycom Inc (NASDAQ:PLCM) would have more upside left. Hedge funds are bullish on Polycom and the number of funds with long positions went up by four during the first quarter. Overall, 22 funds from the Insider Monkey database held long positions in Polycom as of the end of March. At the end of this article we will also compare PLCM to other stocks, including Ophthotech Corp (NASDAQ:OPHT), AAON, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAON), and Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated (NASDAQ:COKE) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With this in mind, let’s take a closer look at the funds that have been invested in Polycom heading into the second quarter.