The shares jumped 9.5 percent to 311.6 pence, the biggest gain since November 2009, as of the 4:30 p.m. close in London. That gives the Newbury, England-based company a market value of 641 million pounds ($1 billion).
“Bid rumors are doing the rounds,” said Will Hedden, a sales trader at IG Index in London. “We saw the newswire earlier about SAP being a possible buyer, since then we heard there may be another. It’s not surprising that they are a potential target after that sharp fall last month.”
Micro Focus tumbled 26 percent on Feb. 15 after saying quarterly earnings failed to meet its forecasts.
Charles Palmer, a spokesman for Micro Focus at Financial Dynamics, declined to comment.