Previously acknowledged they were aware of rumors that the price being sought was a minimum $16 to see the books. Said to ignore the rumors. Now they are saying they are in discussions with 3rd party at price consistent with previous release. 

Huh?? Are they saying the price in discussions is $16? Or is the price being discussed a minimum of $16 and possibly higher? 

And why would they reveal the price? Only reason I can see is to let other parties who backed away know the price is a very reasonable $16 and if they want this strategic asset, they need to participate.