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Top 20 Acquisitions for August 2014


Deal No.Amount Paid (USD)CompanyInvestor/BuyerSectorDeal Type
1$19,000,000,000WhatsAppFacebookMobile & AppsAcquisition
2$9,670,032,000OnoVodafoneHardware & InfrastructureAcquisition
3$5,700,000,000TW TelecomLevel 3Software & ServicesAcquisition
4$5,300,000,000MICROS SystemsOracleHardware & InfrastructureAcquisition
5$3,500,000,000 Trulia ZillowTransactionsAcquisition
6$3,200,000,000Nest LabsGoogleHardware & InfrastructureAcquisition
7$3,000,000,000Beats ElectronicsAppleHardware & InfrastructureAcquisition
8$2,300,000,000IBM (x86-based server business)LenovoHardware & InfrastructureAcquisition
9$2,000,000,000Oculus VRFacebookHardware & InfrastructureAcquisition
10$1,650,000,000Mercury Payment VantivTransactionsAcquisition
11$1,500,000,000AirWatchVMWareMobile & AppsAcquisition
12$1,100,000,000Fusion-ioSanDiskHardware & InfrastructureAcquisition
13$970,000,000Twitch AmazonGamesAcquisition
14$930,000,000All3MediaDiscovery, Liberty GlobalMarketingAcquisition
15$930,000,000TravelClickThoma BravoSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
16$900,000,000Viber MediaRakutenMobile & AppsAcquisition
17$804,000,000ChinaVision Media GroupAlibabaMediaAcquisition
18$752,000,000iParadigmsInsight Venture PartnersSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
19$658,969,500Wotif ExpediaTransactionsAcquisition
20$613,872,000Tele2TeliasoneraMobile & AppsAcquisition

More information

  1. Facebook Buying WhatsApp For $19B, Will Keep The Messaging Service Independent (TechCrunch)
  2. Vodafone completes €7.2 billion acquisition of Ono (Vodafone)
  3. Level 3 Agrees to Buy TW Telecom in $5.7 Billion Deal (Bloomberg)
  4. Oracle buys MICROS Systems for $5.3 billion (ZDNet)
  5. Zillow To Acquire Trulia In $3.5B Stock-For-Stock Deal (TechCrunch)
  6. Google buys Nest Labs for $3.2 billion (CNN)
  7. Apple finally confirms its $3B acquisition of Beats Electronics (VentureBeat)
  8. Lenovo agrees to buy IBM’s server business for $US2.3 billion (ARN)
  9. Facebook is buying Oculus for $2B to ‘get ready for the platform of tomorrow’ (VentureBeat)
  10. Vantiv Buys Mercury Payment From Silver Lake for $1.65 Billion (Bloomberg)
  11. VMWare’s $1.5B AirWatch Buy All About Mobile Workplace (TechCrunch)
  12. SanDisk to acquire Fusion-io for $1.1BN (FinSMEs)
  13. THE NEWS WRAP: Amazon acquires game streaming platform Twitch for $970 million (StartupSmart)
  14. Discovery, Liberty Global Acquire All3Media in $930 Million Deal (Variety)
  15. Thoma Bravo Completes $930 Million Acquisition of TravelClick (Hotel News Resource)
  16. Rakuten Acquires Viber for $900M (FinSMEs)
  17. Alibaba Pays $804M To Take Majority Stake In TV And Movie Producer ChinaVision (TechCrunch)
  18. Acquisition of iParadigms for $752 Million Led by Insight Venture Partners (Turnitin)
  19. Expedia, Inc. Announces Agreement To Acquire Wotif Group (The Wall Street Journal)
  20. Teliasonera acquires Tele2 Norway for €450 million after regulatory “failure” (European Communications)

Top 20 Hardware & Infrastructure Deals for 2014

Deal No.Amount Paid (USD)CompanyInvestor/BuyerSectorDeal Type
1$9,670,032,000OnoVodafoneHardware & InfrastructureAcquisition
2$5,300,000,000MICROS SystemsOracleHardware & InfrastructureAcquisition
3$3,200,000,000Nest LabsGoogleHardware & InfrastructureAcquisition
4$3,000,000,000Beats ElectronicsAppleHardware & InfrastructureAcquisition
5$2,300,000,000IBM (x86-based server business)LenovoHardware & InfrastructureAcquisition
6$2,000,000,000Oculus VRFacebookHardware & InfrastructureAcquisition
7$1,100,000,000Fusion-ioSanDiskHardware & InfrastructureAcquisition
8$555,000,000 Dropcam Google/NestHardware & InfrastructureAcquisition
9$475,000,000Renesas SP Drivers SynapticsHardware & InfrastructureAcquisition
10$328,500,000ISSC Technologies CorporationMicrochip TechnologyHardware & InfrastructureAcquisition
11$120,000,000Proteus Digital HealthUndisclosedHardware & InfrastructureInvestment
12$107,000,000FX NetworksVocus CommunicationsHardware & InfrastructureAcquisition
13$100,000,000Basis ScienceIntelHardware & InfrastructureAcquisition
14$75,000,000TintriConsortiumHardware & InfrastructureInvestment
15$70,000,000NJOYConsortiumHardware & InfrastructureInvestment
16$70,000,000SungevityConsortiumHardware & InfrastructureInvestment
17$60,000,000Beats MusicConsortiumHardware & InfrastructureInvestment
18$57,000,000SimplisafeSequoia CapitalHardware & InfrastructureInvestment
19$52,000,000Proteus Digital HealthUndisclosedHardware & InfrastructureInvestment
20$37,000,000mCube ConsortiumHardware & InfrastructureInvestment

More information

  1. Vodafone completes €7.2 billion acquisition of Ono (Vodafone)
  2. Oracle buys MICROS Systems for $5.3 billion (ZDNet)
  3. Google buys Nest Labs for $3.2 billion (CNN)
  4. Apple finally confirms its $3B acquisition of Beats Electronics (VentureBeat)
  5. Lenovo agrees to buy IBM’s server business for $US2.3 billion (ARN)
  6. Facebook is buying Oculus for $2B to ‘get ready for the platform of tomorrow’ (VentureBeat)
  7. SanDisk to acquire Fusion-io for $1.1BN (FinSMEs)
  8. Google and Nest Acquire Dropcam For $555 Million (TechCrunch)
  9. Synaptics announces acquisition of Japan’s Renesas SP Drivers (The China Post)
  10. Microchip Technology about to acquire Taiwanese tech company for $328.5M (Phoenix Business Journal)
  11. Proteus Digital Health Raises $120M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  12. Vocus Communications to buy NZ’s FX Networks (The Australian)
  13. Basis Goes To Intel For Around $100M (TechCrunch)
  14. Tintri Raises $75M in Series E Funding (FinSMEs)
  15. NJOY Raises over $70M (FinSMEs)
  16. Sungevity Raises $70M in Equity Financing (FinSMEs)
  17. Beats Music Raises $60 Million in Funding (Billboard)
  18. SimpliSafe gets $57 million in funding from Sequoia Capital (FinSMEs)
  19. Proteus Digital Health raises another $52 million for sensor-enabled pharmaceuticals (Mobile Health News)
  20. mCube Closes $37M Series C Financing (FinSMEs)

Should we be afraid of Lenovo?


Should we be afraid of Lenovo?

Amidst the rising tension between China and the US, Lenovo Group, China’s largest PC vendor has acquired IBM’s x86-based server business for $2.3 billion. The acquisition comes almost a decade after Lenovo purchased IBM’s ThinkPad business for $1.75 billion. This latest deal, considered the biggest acquisition by Lenovo, is in line with IBM’s effort to shift its business to software and services. Gerry Smith, Lenovo’s President for North America, sees a “great marriage” that will leverage the strength of both companies. Critics, however, see them more as frenemies as the deal still needs to be cleared by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS), which protects national security. Sensitive acquisitions involving Chinese companies face the toughest scrutiny by the CFIUS.

So what are the implications of this deal on the American market? If the deal is cleared by the CFIUS, there is a chance that Lenovo may lose a great number of IBM customers in the US due to spying concerns, though that may be offset by growing its business in its home market China. The companies that stand to lose are HP and Dell, IBM’s old rivals in the server business, as they will now face new competition that will surely be more aggressive when it comes to pricing.