Athenahealth has received multiple takeover bids, sources tell CNBC.
The bids are not seen as being far above the stock price of $131 before the latest news, but the Athenahealth board is motivated to get a deal done, the sources said. Interest is coming from two private equity firms and one strategic buyer, the sources said.
Paul Singer’s Elliott Management previously had bid $160 a share for the healthcare software maker in an all-cash unsolicited offer. That put pressure on the company to consider strategic options. Jonathan Bush stepped down as CEO in June.
Athenahealth initiated a strategic review in June and said it would consider a sale or merger or remaining as an independent company.
Shares of Athenahealth rose 2.3% on Sept. 27.