Akka has launched a mandatory offer for Data Respons (DR) that will provide shareholders the opportunity to sell their DR shares. The company has been active on the stock markets since the end of its tender offer on February 13, raising its stake from 72.9% to 78.1%. Akka is hoping to reach 95% of shares and launch a squeeze-out offer later one.
The US Federal Reserve yesterday lowered “the target range for the federal funds” by 50 bps to 1%-1.25%. Although the “fundamentals of the US economy remain strong,” “the coronavirus poses evolving risks to economic activity,” communicated the Fed.
After its unexpected revenue growth slowdown in Q4, Akka suffered from a disappointing result: it secured only 64% of the shares of Data Repons. Akka has received regulatory clearance from the German cartel office authority, so now has control over Data Response.
Capgemini has succeeded with its offer to purchase Altran. The company has secured 53.4% of Altran’s capital. According to France’s financial market’s authority, Capgemini will reopen the tend offer from January 28 to February 10.
The Paris Court of Appeals rejected this morning ADAM’s request for suspension of the Capgemini tender offer for Altran’s shares.
We don’t usually comment on the financial performance of ER&D service vendors beyond their financials. But this time, this is a little bit different: Akka Technologies raised yesterday EUR 175m in convertible bonds, a significant amount for Akka, which has a market cap of EUR ~EUR 1.2bn.
Capgemini’s acquisition of Altran will be delayed by up to six months. Edge Fund Elliott has, through intermediaries, brought, the case to court. The initial ruling on December 4 will decide if the acquisition will be suspended. A final ruling will occur by end of the March at the latest.
Jacobs Engineering, a US infrastructure giant, is to acquire the nuclear engineering business of (another infrastructure giant in the UK) Wood. Jacobs is paying an enterprise value of USD 300m.
PSA finalized its outsourcing contract with Segula, almost one year after it was announced. Looking at the details, the scope of the contract is much smaller than expected, with the people transfer initially involving 700 employees, rather than the 2,000 expected. Segula has agreed to take over the new engineers and guaranteed similar wages and benefits and also purchasing buildings and facilities.
Still aiming to take control of Altran, Capgemini is open to show flexibility in its ownership structure. The company targets at least 50.1% of the shares of Altran and will accommodate large minority shareholders.
NelsonHall has posted an analysis of the Capgemini acquisition of Altran. NelsonHall is taking a Capgemini and IT services perspective, whereas, in this blog, we have made comments with our ER&D lenses. Enjoy.
HCL Tech has closed the acquisition of several IBM products. The company has now ownership of AppScan, BigFix, Commerce, Connections, Digital Experience (Portal and Content Manager), Notes Domino, and Unica. We assume the price of the transaction has not changed and still is USD 1.8bn.
Capgemini is to acquire Altran, for €5.0bn, including €3.6bn in cash and Altran’s net debt of €1.4bn (gross debt of €1.8bn). The company has already secured the 11% stake in Altran that Apax Partners holds and will rely on the financing, on its €1bn cash position and a €4.4bn bond issue.
Cognizant has been making more headlines in ER&D services, recently. Last month, we had mentioned its software product engineering services (PES) contract with PLM vendor AVEVA. This week, we are looking into Cognizant’s planned acquisition of Zenith Technologies. Zenith
We usually do not comment on the M&A activities of major PLM ISVs. However, Dassault Systèmes’ acquisition of Medidata, an NYC-headquartered ISV specialized in software to manage clinical trials and commercial launches, is worth a thought or two.
Altran has phased out the Aricent brand in North America and now trades under the Altran brand. The company highlights it now has three primary brands: Aricent for its core ER&D services, Cambridge Consultants for its “innovation consulting” capabilities, and Frog for product design
Private equity (PE) firm AE Industrial Partners (AE) continues to adjust the scope of its portfolio companies and transferred Schafer from Belcan to Gryphon Technologies.
If you follow what’s going in India, you are probably well aware that the manufacturing conglomerate Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has acquired 20.3% of Mindtree, from a passive promoter (the Indian term for key shareholders, usually founders).
Cyient has acquired the remaining 26% in Rangsons Electronics it did know own, for ~USD 60m. The name Rangsons Electronics may not ring a bell, as Cyient now reports the business under the name DLM.