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Directors dealings: Micro Focus chairman buys the dip

Mon 25 September 2017 18:10 | A A A

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(ShareCast News) - Micro Focus boss Kevin Loosemore picked up a batch of shares in the company he has helped lead since 2011, even as some analysts sounded a cautious note on the outlook.

On 22 September, the executive chairman bought 30,000 shares at an individual price of 2,462.2p apiece, for a total transaction amount of £727,860, the company said in a statement.

To take note of, Micro Focus shares were not far from the record highs of 2,674 hit earlier in 2017.

Nonetheless, in a note dated 8 September analysts at Credit Suisse said investors were being over-optimistic on several counts, including: margin beats and EBITDA upside, future M&A, asset disposals and that they were focusing too much on P & L measures of valuation.

"In particular, Chris Hsu put his weight behind delivering sustainable 10% EBITDA growth, playing down the scope for upside. [...] With such optimism already reflected in expectations, we believe the balance of risk/reward is on the downside," they said.

At the time it issued the above research note, the Swiss broker had a target price of 1,921p on the shares.

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