Strategic buyer could pay over $25/share for Riverbed, says Citigroup Citigroup expects Riverbed (RVBD) to reject Elliott's $19 per share takeover offer and believes potential outcomes could result in a stock value of $21-$25 per share. Citi estimates a financial buyer could pay up to $23 per share for Riverbed and still earn over 20% annually. The firm believes a strategic buyer could pay over $25 per share for the company. Citi views Riverbed as an attractive leveraged buyout candidate, and says the buyout math also looks attractive for its peer Polycom (PLCM). Citi estimates a financial buyer could pay $14 per share for Polycom. Riverbed closed yesterday up $1.68 to $19.53 while Polycom added 4c to $11.65.