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Oracle enters into agreement to acquire MICROS



By: Fred Yaw Sarpong

Oracle has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire MICROS Systems, a provider of integrated software and hardware solutions to the Hospitality and Retail industries, for US$68.00 per share in cash.
The transaction is valued at approximately US$5.3 billion, or US$4.6 billion net of MICROS’ cash.
Cloud, mobile, social, big data and the internet are impacting every industry, encouraging companies to modernize in order to compete effectively.
According to the company, the addition of MICROS extends Oracle’s offerings in industries by combining MICROS’ industry specific applications with Oracle’s business applications, technologies and cloud portfolio.
Together, Oracle and MICROS will help hotels, food & beverage facilities, and retailers to accelerate innovation, transform their businesses, and delight customers with complete, open and integrated solutions.
The Board of Directors of MICROS has unanimously approved the transaction. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2014, subject to MICROS stockholders tendering a majority of MICROS’ outstanding shares and shares representing vested equity incentive awards in the tender offer, certain regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.
“Oracle has successfully helped customers across multiple industries, harness the power of cloud, mobile, social, big data and the internet of things to transform their businesses,” said Oracle President Mark Hurd.
“We anticipate delivering compelling advantages to companies within the Hospitality and Retail industries with the acquisition of MICROS,” he added
“MICROS has been focused on helping the world’s leading brands in our target markets since we were founded in 1977, including running more than 330,000 sites across 180 countries today,” said Peter Altabef, President and CEO, MICROS.
“In combination with Oracle, we expect to help accelerate our customers’ ability to innovate and differentiate their businesses by utilizing Oracle’s technologies, cloud solutions and scale. We are very excited about the great opportunities this will create for our customers and employees,” said Altabef
“We are committed to protecting and enhancing customer investments in MICROS solutions. MICROS’ management and employees will form a dedicated business within Oracle to maintain their focus on serving customers,” said Executive Vice President for Oracle Global Business Units Bob Weiler.
“Our industry organizations maintain deep domain expertise and focused investment, which includes more than 18,000 Oracle employees and over US$500 million in annual R&D spend.
This model has proven highly successful across several industries, and we look forward to bringing these same benefits to the customers of MICROS. “We expect this transaction to be immediately accretive to Oracle’s earnings on a non-GAAP basis and to expand over time,” said Oracle President and CFO Safra Catz.

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