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Monday, January 14, 2013

Donít Bet on a Legg Mason Buyout

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Donít bet on a Legg Mason, say analysts quoted by a number of news outlets.

Published reports last week indicated that Legg had been approach by some of its own managers, and at least two private equity firms, for a possible buyout, but had been playing hard-to-get.

Yet analysts are saying that such flirtations wouldn't lead anywhere.

For example, SeekingAlpha, notes that both Citi analyst William Katz and Nomuraís Glenn Schorr both say a buyout is unlikely. Katz says it is because the transaction would be too complex. He believes former CEO Mark Fetting left because it became clear to him that a buyout wasnít possible. Meanwhile, Schorr says that the debt is too high to allow for a leverage buyout.

In a Wall Street Journal article, Schorr adds that Leggís fundamentlas are weak.

Meanwhile, Sandler OíNeill lowered its rating of Legg from "Buy" to "Hold," citing similar worries over a potential buyout. 

Edited by: Tommy Fernandez

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