Monday, November 12, 2007

IBM to Acquire Cognos to Accelerate Information on Demand Business Initiative

The BI/performance management dance floor is emptying...

IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Cognos® (NASDAQ: COGN) (TSX: CSN) today announced that the two companies have entered into a definitive agreement for IBM to acquire Cognos, a publicly-held company based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, in an all-cash transaction at a price of approximately $5 billion USD or $58 USD per share, with a net transaction value of $4.9 billion USD. The acquisition is subject to Cognos shareholder approval, regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. It is expected to close in the first quarter of 2008.

Bloomberg reports the price is a 9.5% premium over COGN's 2007/11/09 closing price.

From later in the acquisition press release:

Other strategic acquisitions in support of IBM's Information on Demand initiative include Princeton Softech (data archiving and compliance), FileNet (enterprise content management), Ascential Software (information integration), DataMirror (changed data capture), SRD (entity analytics), Trigo (product information management), DWL (customer information management) and Alphablox (analytics).

IBM to Acquire Cognos to Accelerate Information on Demand Business Initiative

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