Ad tech company Rubicon Project’s stock shot up on Friday following a Wall Street Journal report suggesting the company is exploring a sale.
The report claimed Rubicon Project is working with investment bank Morgan Stanley to explore its strategic options.
A Rubicon Project spokesman told Business Insider: “We do not comment on inquiries of this kind.”
Rubicon Project’s stock was up 9.4% at the time of writing (12pm EST) to $8.36.
In November, Rubicon Project announced a “comprehensive realignment of the business” that saw it lay off 125 people — around 19% of its total headcount.
The announcement coincided with the company reporting its third-quarter earnings. Revenue increased 2% to $65.8 million in the three months to September 30, versus analysts’ expectations of $62.9 million. Earnings-per-share (EPS) increased 200% year-on-year to $0.07, but was below the $0.09 analyst estimate.
The company also lowered its guidance for the fourth quarter, blaming a “challenging” ad market and admitting it had been slow to adopt header bidding, a popular new advertising technology that is boosting revenue for publishers.