10 acquisitions that have marked Tech over the past five years

by bold-lichterman

With operations that have exceeded $ 4.3 trillion in cumulative, according to the Wall Street Journal, 2015 is considered to be an exceptional year in terms of merger and acquisition operations. And if the trend seems to have slowed down since the start of 2016, the Tech sector is still experiencing multi-billion dollar transactions, such as the takeover of Blue Coat Systems by Symantec announced a few years ago. days, or that of LinkedIn by Microsoft announced this Monday, June 13.

What have been the main acquisitions in the digital sector over the past five years?

7 transactions that exceed 10 billion dollars

  • In October 2015, Dell announces intention to acquire EMC, a company specializing in data hosting, for an amount of 67 billion dollars (58.8 billion euros). Last March, the European Commission gave the green light to this operation, which allows the IT giant to position itself in the cloud.

  • More recently, last February, Avago Technologies Ltd., a company specializing in the production and sale of electronic components, acquires competitor Broadcam Corp. for the sum of $ 37 billion. The stated objective of the operation is to strengthen its positions in a rapidly growing market, that of wireless terminals. It should be noted that at the end of the operation, Broadcom Ltd. became the parent company of the two companies.

  • At the beginning of June, Microsoft makes headlines by announcing LinkedIn buyout for $ 26.2 billion (the equivalent of 23.2 billion euros). It is one of the most important acquisition operations for Microsoft.

  • In 2014, Facebook announces $ 22 billion takeover of WhatsApp, $ 3 billion more than initially announced. At the time of its takeover, WhatsApp claimed 600 million users worldwide.

  • Another large-scale hardware operation: end of 2015 Intel acquires Altera $ 16.7 billion. The company specializes in the manufacture of reprogrammable components. Its acquisition allows Intel to expand its range of microprocessors by integrating more flexible products.

  • At the end of 2012, Google buys mobile phone maker Motorola for $ 12.5 billion. Two years later, as the operation failed to deliver the expected results, Google sold Motorola to Lenovo for less than $ 3 billion.

  • In 2011, Hewlett-Packard acquires Autonomy company for the sum of 10 billion dollars, to strengthen itself on software and services. The operation will not be crowned with success, Autonomy having been largely overvalued in the process of takeover. HP includes a loss of $ 8.8 billion in its accounts less than a year after the takeover.

  • The same year, Microsoft buys Skype for $ 8.5 billion. The company had previously been bought by eBay in 2005 for just over $ 4 billion. Two years before its complete takeover by Microsoft, eBay had sold 65% of its shares to various funds.

Other major operations are said to be under negotiation, if we are to believe the recent rumors of Yahoo’s takeover by Verizon.

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