Oracle acquires NetSuite for $9.3bn

The transaction between both companies is expected to close this year

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Oracle acquires NetSuite for $9.3bn The special committee unanimously approved the transaction on behalf of Oracle and its Board of Directors.
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  July 28, 2016

Oracle has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire NetSuite, with the transaction valued at $109.00 per share in cash, or approximately $9.3bn.

Mark Hurd, chief executive officer at Oracle, said: "Oracle and NetSuite cloud applications are complementary, and will coexist in the marketplace forever. We intend to invest heavily in both products - engineering and distribution."

"We expect this acquisition to be immediately accretive to Oracle's earnings on a non-GAAP basis in the first full fiscal year after closing," added Safra Catz, chief executive officer at Oracle.

"NetSuite has been working for 18 years to develop a single system for running a business in the cloud," commented Evan Goldberg, Founder, chief technology officer and chairman at NetSuite. "This combination is a winner for NetSuite's customers, employees and partners."

"NetSuite will benefit from Oracle's global scale and reach to accelerate the availability of our cloud solutions in more industries and more countries," added Zach Nelson, chief executive officer at NetSuite. "We are excited to join Oracle and accelerate our pace of innovation."

The evaluation and negotiation of the transaction was led by a special committee of Oracle's Board of Directors consisting solely of independent directors. The special committee unanimously approved the transaction on behalf of Oracle and its Board of Directors.

The transaction is expected to close in 2016. The closing of the transaction is subject to receiving certain regulatory approvals and satisfying other closing conditions including NetSuite stockholders tendering a majority of NetSuite's outstanding shares in the tender offer. 

In addition, the closing is subject to a condition that a majority of NetSuite's outstanding shares not owned by executive officers or directors of NetSuite, or persons affiliated with Larry Ellison, his family members and any affiliated entities, be tendered in the tender offer.

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