Here is our new list of remarkable M&As. As usual it is drawn up in a date order.
1. Shopify and Boltmade
October 3 a product design and development consulting firm Boltmade was acquired by Shopify. The deal will help it accelerate the development of its cloud-based Shopify Plus product offering unlimited sales and bandwidth, whose customers include Wikipedia and Tesla.
2. LeadsNearby and WordsFound
LeadsNearby is a full-service digital marketing agency that helps local service contractors acquire and retain customers. The purchase of WordsFound increases LeadsNearby’s ability to provide effective marketing communications on behalf of its growing client base in 27 states, Australia and Canada.
3. Nokia and Eta Devices
Nokia has acquired Eta Devices – a fabless semiconductor start-up based in the USA specializing in bringing substantial benefits to mobile handset makers, mobile infrastructure vendors and to the environment. Nokia aims at savings for operators that can be invested as 4.9G and 5G approach. There are no financial details of the deal.
4. Telenor Maritime and SatPoint
The mobile operator at sea, the marine communication specialist bought SatPoint – a provider of broadband satellite communication and IT services for maritime customers in Europe and worldwide. By acquiring SatPoint Maritime is strengthening its position in Northern Europe and key customer segments, such as Ferries.
5. QIWI and Plati Potom
Plati Potom deals with research and implementation of various technologies in payments, e-commerce and credit risk management. For QIWI this acquisition means getting proprietary data analysis and scoring technologies as well as the team. This transaction became another step in implementing M&A strategy of investing in promising teams and technologies in the fintech space.
6. Samsung and VIV
Samsung is going to acquire the next generation artificial intelligence platform called VIV. VIV has developed an artificial intelligence platform that gives third-party developers the power to use and build conversational assistants and integrate a natural language-based interface into renowned applications and services. Seems that with VIV Samsung will be able to offer new service experiences for its customers.
7. eBay Completes and Corrigon Ltd.
Corrigon's image recognition technology will improve the eBay shopping experience. Corrigon will target at image processing and computer vision to eBay, particularly, at image recognition, classification and image enhancements. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
8. Yellow Pages and Totem
Totem is expected to complement newly created Marketing Communications Sector and the existing content of Yellow Pages. Earlier this year, the Yellow Pages expanded its mobile ad offerings with the acquisition of ad-tech company Juice Mobile. No terms of the deal are available so far.
9. Agile Network and Pantechnik International
Pantechnik International, a leading provider of transportation execution technology in Europe and Asia was bought by a leading provider of multi-carrier and multi-modal transportation execution technology in North America, Agile Network. The combined operation will continue to expand its global presence. The merger is expected to be complete in the first quarter of 2017.
10. Google and FameBit
Google is planning to leverage its technology platform to help YouTube creators better connect with brands. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
11. General Electric and LM Wind Power
One of the leading manufacturers of rotor blades for the wind industry Denmark-based LM Wind Power will be acquired by General Electric for an enterprise value of $1.65 billion. The transaction is expected to close in the beginning of the next year.
12. Oculus and InfiniLED
Facebook-owned virtual reality company Oculus has acquired InfiniLED, an Irish startup specializing in low-power LED displays. This transaction confirms that Oculus is seeking ways to not only increase the efficiency of its own VR headsets, but also cut the cost.
13. Gaming Corps and Red Fly Studio
A Swedish gaming and casino industry company with close ties to Hollywood bought Texas-based Red Fly Studio – a young studio founded by ten-year veterans of the gaming industry with experience on a wide variety of titles. Acquisition is done through directed share issue to sellers with deviation from shareholders' preferential rights
14. Cisco buys Worklife
Cisco has acquired Worklife, which provides collaboration software. Cisco is going to combine the Worklife platform with Cisco Spark, which runs on the company's collaboration cloud. No financial details were revealed.
15. AT&T Inc. and Time Warner Inc.
October 23 AT&T Inc entered into M&A agreement with Time Warner Inc. an American multinational media and entertainment conglomerate was acquired for $85.4 billion.A new media giant capable of both producing content and distributing it to millions with wireless phones, broadband subscriptions and satellite TV connections is expected to be created soon.
As a reminder, Time Warner's main operating divisions are Home Box Office, Turner, and Warner Bros. Entertainment, with brands such as HBO, Cinemax, TBS, TNT, CNN, HLN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and truTv. Time Warner also operates a wide range of websites.
16. Google and Eyefluence
Eyefluence, a company specializing in technologies for tracking eye behavior for virtual reality and augmented reality applications has been acquired by Google recently. Google’s acquisition of Eyefluence once more confirms its continuing interest in augmented reality and virtual reality applications. Financial terms were not revealed.
17. The New York Times and Wirecutter + Sweethome
More than $30 million are paid by the New York Times for an online product review website focused on technology and consumer goods called Wirecutter and its sister site Sweethome. Wirecutter’s business model primarily relies on making money through affiliates, getting a cut of any sales generation that comes as a result of their review. The acquisition comes as the Times is aimed at doubling its digital revenue to $800 million by 2020.
18. IBM and Sanovi
US software company IBM has signed an agreement to acquire IT firm that deals in cloud computing-related software. Upon closure of the deal, which is expected by the end of 2016, IBM plans to integrate the Sanovi capabilities into the IBM Global Technology Services unit. This shall increase the firm's hybrid cloud disaster recovery facilities.
19. Verizon and Vessel
Verizon Communications has acquired Vessel, the internet video startup co-founded by former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
20. General Electric and Concept Laser
One more acquisition made by General Electric this October. The company has begun to invest seriously in 3D printing lately. The company has bought privately held German 3D printing firm Concept Laser for $599 million.
21. Qualcomm Inc and NXP Semiconductors NV
Smartphone chipmaker Qualcomm Inc agreed to buy NXP Semiconductors NV for about $38 billion in the biggest-ever deal in the semiconductor industry. Now the company becomes the leading supplier to the fast-growing automotive chips market. The deal will also help Qualcomm reduce its dependence on a cooling smartphone market. It is worth roughly $47 billion.
22. Samsung and Tachyon
A wireless enterprise startup Tachyon was acquired by Samsung recently. Samsung is going to integrate Tachyon into its enterprise offer to help businesses speed up the secure configuration of third-party apps on their Samsung devices, regardless of whether the third-party app provides APIs for this purpose.
23. Amazon and Westland
Amazon has acquired the remaining 74% stake in Westland, the publishing unit of the Tata group retail company. In February Amazon bought a 26% stake in Westland. For Amazon the acquisition will give it entry in the booming India authors publishing business in India.
24. Soukai Drug Co and Rakuten, Inc.
Soukai Drug engaged in the online retail of household and health related goods in China, Japan, and Indonesia has bought Rakuten for undisclosed price. Soukai Drug is seeking through this acquisition to become a top player in the domestic online market for pet supplies, strengthen its genre strategy, expand sales volume, increase efficiency of system and logistics infrastructure and optimize operating resources.
25. BroadSoft and VoIP Logic
VoIP Logic, a wholesale provider of BroadWorks-based cloud communications services to internet is now a subsidiary of BroadSoft, the technology innovator in cloud communications, collaboration, and contact center solutions for businesses and service providers across 80 countries. No financial details regarding this deal were announced. For the entire year, BroadSoft officials expect VoIP Logic to contribute about $800,000 in revenue.