“Xs” and “Os”: SAP acquires Qualtrics for $8bn

SAP SE (FWB: SAP) – market cap as of 23/11/2018: €109.7bn ($124.5bn) Introduction On November 10th, 2018, enterprise software giant SAP announced that it would acquire Qualtrics, one of cloud computing’s rising ‘unicorns’, for $8bn in cash. The announcement was made shortly before the much anticipated Qualtrics IPO, which had been under preparation for months. […]

Siemens Doubles Down on its Software Business with the $4.5bn Acquisition of Mentor Graphics

Siemens AG (ETR: SIE)—market cap as of 28/04/2017: €111.86bn Introduction On November 14, 2016, Siemens, Europe’s largest manufacturing and electronics conglomerate, announced that it had entered into an agreement to acquire the electronic design automation company Mentor Graphics, in a transaction valued at c. $4.5bn. The cash offer of $37.25 per share represents a 21% […]

Micro Focus and HPE Software to Give Birth to One of the World’s Largest Software Companies

HP Inc. (HPQ) – Market cap as of 30/09/2016: $26.57bn Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. (HPE) – Market cap as of 30/09/2016: $23.08bn Micro Focus International plc (MCRO) – Market cap as of 30/09/2016: $5.04bn Introduction On September 7, 2016, Micro Focus and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced an $8.8bn “spin-merge”, where Micro Focus will acquire […]

Done with Motorola! Did Google sell cheap to Lenovo?

Lenovo Group Ltd; market cap (as of 07/11/2014): HKD106.78bn Google Inc.; market cap (as of 07/11/2014): $365.90bn On October 30, 2014 Lenovo (HKSE: 992) and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced the completion of Lenovo’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google for $2.9bn. The total purchase price includes $660m in cash, $750m in Lenovo ordinary shares and […]