UPDATE 2-Tribal receives offer approach, shares climb
* Says received approach regarding possible offer
* No certainty offer will be made
* Shares gain 17 percent (Adds shares, writes through)
LONDON, Dec 17 (Reuters) - British government outsourcing and consultancy firm Tribal Plc (TRBG.L) has been approached about a possible offer, it said on Friday a month after previous offer talks broke down, sending its shares up some 17 percent.
In a brief statement which it said responded to recent press speculation, Tribal confirmed it had been approached about a possible offer but said there was no certainty a bit would be made.
It did not say who the approach came from and gave no further detail.
Shares in Tribal, whose main clients are government departments such as health and education, were up 16.7 percent at 49 pence by 0913 GMT, having risen as high as 53.08p, their highest since Nov. 1 when it said talks had ended on a previous bid approach. [ID:nSGE6A10BS]
At the time of its November statement, the stock had already lost almost half of its value since Tribal's warning in October that earnings would be below expectations because of the impact of public spending cuts.
Some analysts have said approaches for Tribal would most likely come from private equity. Tribal's founder and former CEO Henry Pitman told Reuters in October the company would be best served bowing to a private equity buyout. [ID:nLDE69P1YA]
Two weeks ago Tribal said it had been appointed preferred bidder by the National Health Service to lead a 12 million pound ($18.7 million) contract. (Editing by Paul Sandle and David Holmes) ($1=.6410 Pound)
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