Micro Focus ends offer talks, to buy back shares

REU0301 3 OEC 265 ( ABN E RBN UKI D UKR RWS U RNP DNP PCO MRG SOFW BUS MUL GB TECH SWIT CMPNY BACT DEAL1 WEU EUROP MCRO.L CPX ) L5E7JL0A6 MICROFOCUS/ Micro Focus ends offer talks, to buy back shares * Ends talks with Bain Capital, Advent International * To resume share buyback immediately * To review options to raise distributable reserves LONDON, Aug 21 (Reuters) - British IT company Micro Focus International said it has called off takeover talks after bids for the business fell short of expectations and will now resume a share buyback programme. The firm, which supports mainframe computer applications for companies like Tesco , said in May it was exploring a number of approaches, including from U.S.-based private equity firms Bain Capital and Advent International. "The board set a deadline for final offers of August 19 2011. Based on feedback now received from these parties, the board has terminated discussions and, as a result, Micro Focus is no longer in an offer period," it said in a statement. Earlier this month the firm posted better-than-expected first quarter trading. Last week shares in Micro Focus rose after Hewlett-Packard's $11.7 billion bid for Autonomy ignited investor interest in the European software industry. Shares in Micro Focus closed Friday at 263 pence, valuing the business at about 520 million pounds ($862 million). The firm said its share buyback programme would resume with immediate effect. It has shareholder authority to buy back up to 12.3 million shares and has $112 million of distributable reserves. "The board is reviewing its options to enable the group to increase the amount of distributable reserves and will consult with shareholders on the optimal use of the group balance sheet," it added. ($1 = 0.603 British Pounds) (Reporting by James Davey; Editing by Hans-Juergen Peters) REUTERS 1350 210811 GMT