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Amazon acquires Souq.com

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After dominating the US and European ecommerce markets and having its presence felt in India and China, Amazon is setting its sights on an even more ambitious goal: to conquer the Middle East. The ecommerce giant recently acquired Dubai-based Souq.com, the biggest ecommerce platform in the Middle East for $650 million. Described as a clone of Amazon, Souq.com boasts of having 45 million site visits per month and delivers to seven countries including the UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar. According to reports, although the entry of Amazon could bolster the ecommerce industry in the region, the acquisition is not the ideal exit investors had hope for Souq.com, which was already valued at $1 billion during its last round of funding in 2016.

Amazon acquires Biba Systems

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Video conferencing is one of the most exciting sectors in the communications industry. According to Global Industry Analysts, the global market for video conferencing services is expected to reach $2.9 billion in 2020, which might be the reason why companies like IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and Amazon are expanding beyond their core businesses and starting to beef up their video conferencing capabilities. Last week, Amazon reportedly acquired Biba Systems, a California-based video conferencing and messaging startup for an undisclosed amount. This latest acquisition follows the company’s purchase of Twitch, a live-streaming video platform, and Elemental Technologies, a software company that specialises in providing multi-screen video solutions. Analysts predict Amazon could combine all these technologies together to launch its own video conferencing service and tap into the billion-dollar industry.

Walmart reportedly looking to acquire Jet.com

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Walmart is reportedly currently in talks to acquire Jet.com, a rival of Amazon. In a transaction that could value Jet.com up to $3 billion, the deal is the latest in a string of buyouts in the ecommerce space that includes Bed Bath & Beyond’s acquisition of One King’s Lane and Hudson’s Bay’s purchase of the Gilt Groupe. The deal also highlights a growing trend in the O2O strategy being implemented in the retail environment. For Walmart, Jet.com will give finally give the retail giant the chance to revamp its online store and compete head-on with Amazon, which dominates the ecommerce space with a 41.2% market share.

Top 20 Acquisitions for November 2015

Deal No. Amount Paid (USD) Company Investor/Buyer Sector Deal Type
1 $5,900,000,000 King Digital Activision Blizzard Games Acquisition
2 $4,400,000,000 AOL Verizon Media Acquisition
3 $3,000,000,000 Aruba Networks Hewlett-Packard Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
4 $1,500,000,000 Lynda.com LinkedIn Media Acquisition
5 $1,400,000,000 Electronic Funds Source WEX Transactions Acquisition
6 $1,200,000,000 Virtustream EMC Software & Services Acquisition
7 $910,000,000 Altegra Health Emdeon Transactions Acquisition
8 $890,000,000 Xoom PayPal Transactions Acquisition
9 $810,000,000 Trustwave Singtel Software & Services Acquisition
10 $700,000,000 Acano Cisco Software & Services Acquisition
11 $687,000,000 Menulog Group Just Eat Transactions Acquisition
12 $671,000,000 eLong Ctrip Transactions Acquisition
13 $589,000,000 Yemeksepeti Delivery Hero Transactions Acquisition
14 $534,000,000 iProperty REA Group Transactions Acquisition
15 $500,000,000 1010data Advance Software & Services Acquisition
16 $453,000,000 Lancope Cisco Software & Services Acquisition
17 $450,000,000 Ticketfly Pandora Transactions Acquisition
18 $410,000,000 OverDrive Rakuten Transactions Acquisition
19 $360,000,000 Ticket Monster KKR Consortium Ecommerce Acquisition
20 $350,000,000 Annapurna Labs Amazon Software & Services Acquisition

More information

  1. Activision Blizzard to acquire King Digital for $5.9B (GIGA OM)
  2. Verizon Agrees to Buy AOL for $4.4 Billion (Wall Street Journal)
  3. HP to acquire Aruba Networks for about $3B (CNBC)
  4. LinkedIn to Acquire Lynda.com for $1.5BN (FinSMEs)
  5. WEX to Buy Electronic Funds Source From Warburg Pincus for $1.4 Billion (The Wall Street Journal)
  6. EMC Continues Shift To Cloud With $1.2B Virtustream Purchase (TechCrunch)
  7. Emdeon to Acquire Altegra Health for $910M (FinSMEs)
  8. PayPal to Acquire Xoom for $890M (FinSMEs)
  9. Singtel buys US cybersecurity firm for US$810M (Tech In Asia)
  10. Cisco Snags Acano for $700 Million To Enhance Video Conferencing Capability (TechCrunch)
  11. Just Eat Snaps Up Menulog For $687M To Enter Australia And New Zealand (TechCrunch)
  12. Expedia gives up on China partner, sells off $671M majority stake in eLong (Tech In Asia)
  13. Delivery Hero Eats Up Turkey’s Yemeksepeti For A Record $589M (TechCrunch)
  14. iProperty to be sold for $534M in one of largest ever buyouts of Southeast Asian web firm (Tech in Asia)
  15. Advance Acquires 1010data for $500M (FinSMEs)
  16. Cisco Beefs Up Security, Buys Lancope For $453M (TechCrunch)
  17. Pandora to Acquire Ticketfly for $450M (FinSMEs)
  18. Rakuten Buys Ebook And Audiobook Platform OverDrive For $410M (TechCrunch)
  19. Groupon Sells 46% Of Korea’s Ticket Monster To KKR Consortium For $360M (TechCrunch)
  20. Amazon buys secretive chip maker Annapurna Labs for $350 million (Extreme Tech)