LPL Financial exploring potential sale: report

Company said to be exploring strategic alternatives, working with Goldman Sachs

Oct 11, 2016 @ 4:08 pm

By Bruce Kelly

LPL Financial is exploring strategic alternatives, including a potential sale, according to a report late Tuesday from Reuters, which cited anonymous sources familiar with the matter.

LPL would not comment on the report. “As a matter of policy, LPL does not comment on rumors or speculation,” spokesman Jeffrey Mochal wrote in an email.

LPL's stock, which took a dive earlier this year, jumped in trading Tuesday. Shares of LPL opened at $30.67 on Tuesday and by the close they were trading close to $33, a jump of 7.6%.

LPL shares traded as low as $16.50 in March when the company missed earnings by a wide mark. The nation's largest independent broker-dealer has also been fighting to correct a number of compliance problems; in 2014 and 2015, the company paid $70 million in fines and restitution to clients.

LPL is working with investment bank Goldman Sachs Group Inc. on a sale process that has attracted other companies and private equity firms, Reuters reported.

The sources asked not to be identified because the deliberations were confidential, according to Reuters.

(See: LPL Financial's problems keep piling up)

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