May 19, 2020

Hulu considering unsolicited takeover

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Walt Disney Company
IPO
fox
Bizclik Editor
2 min
Hulu considering unsolicited takeover

 

Everyone’s favorite place to watch reruns of their favorite TV shows, Hulu, is considering an unsolicited takeover offer, according to news reports Wednesday. Coincidentally, today’s reports come one year after the company was preparing to go public. News sites published stories late Tuesday saying the online streaming video website had received a bid, without naming the potential buyer. Other stories are naming Yahoo as the highest and sole bidder, while other sites are calling the reports untrue.

A Yahoo spokeswoman told reporters at CNN that the company doesn’t comment on rumor or speculation and News Corp. declined to comment. Hulu has not addressed the media regarding today’s rumor mill. CNN also says that if a buyout is in the process, it would be an easy exit strategy for Hulu and its co-owners considering that the company abandoned its plans for an IPO last year. Reportedly, Hulu dropped its public offering dreams because it wasn’t able to secure long-term deals with content providers.

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Hulu was founded in 2008 and is co-owned by News Corp.’s Fox, Comcast, Walt Disney Company’s ABC and private equity firm Providence Equity Partners. In a recent blog post, Hulu CEO reaffirmed the fact that the company isn’t in a financial downturn and in fact on pace to hit the $500 million mark this year, up from $263 million in 2010. We’ll continue to track Hulu’s ownership and offerings.

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May 3, 2021

Dell to sell cloud-based iPaaS Boomi in US$4bn deal

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Boomi
Cloud
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Kate Birch
3 min
Francisco Partners and TPG Capital agree to acquire Boomi – provider of cloud-based integration platform as a service – from Dell Technologies for US$4bn
Francisco Partners and TPG Capital agree to acquire Boomi – provider of cloud-based integration platform as a service – from Dell Technologies for U...

Global investment firm Francisco Partners and private equity platform TPG Capital have entered into an agreement with Dell Technologies to acquire cloud-based integration platform as a service provider Boomi in a cash deal valued at US$4bn. The deal is expected to complete this year.

“Boomi has flourished as part of Dell Technologies, growing exponentially since we acquired them in 2010. This proposed transaction positions Boomi for its next phase of growth and is the right move for both companies, our shared customers and partners,” said Jeff Clarke, vice chairman and chief operating officer of Dell Technologies.

“For us, we're focused on fuelling growth by continuing to modernise our core infrastructure and PC businesses and expanding in high-priority areas including hybrid and private cloud, edge, telecom and APEX. All designed to help organisations thrive in the do-from-anywhere economy.”

Dell’s Boomi sell-off follows VMware spin-off

This announcement comes just two weeks after Dell said it would spin-off its 81% equity ownership of VMware to form two standalone companies. This would result in an expected US$9.3bn cash dividend payment to Dell, which says it will use those funds to pay down debt.

When Dell acquired Boomi in 2010 for an undisclosed fee, Boomi offered the industry’s only pure SaaS application integration platform, powered by its revolutionary AtomSphere technology. Dell saw Boomi as addressing one of the top barriers to cloud adoption at that time, which was managing and integrating cloud-based applications with existing applications and databases.

Now, Boomi has more than 15,000 customers globally and is still seen as a leader when it comes to organisations connecting applications, processes and people across a range of locations and devices – a process that can take weeks rather than months.

“I am incredibly proud that through innovation, passion and relentless execution, the Boomi team has created a unified platform for the modern-day hybrid IT landscape that thousands of customers worldwide depend on to digitally transform their business,” said Chris McNabb, chief executive officer of Boomi.

“By partnering with two tier-one investment firms like Francisco Partners and TPG, we can accelerate our ability for our customers to use data to drive competitive advantage. In this next phase of growth, Boomi will be in a position of strength to further advance our innovation and market trajectory while delivering even more value to our customers.”

Francisco Partners has invested in more than 300 technology companies since its launch 20 years ago and has more than US$25bn in assets under management.

“The ability to integrate and connect data and workflows across any combination of applications or domains is a critical business capability, and we strongly believe that Boomi is well positioned to help companies of all sizes turn data into their most valuable asset,” said Dipanjan Deb, co-founder and chief executive officer, and Brian Decker, partner, at Francisco Partners

Nehal Raj, partner, and Art Heidrich, principal, at TPG Capital added: “The need for automation and data integration across applications has never been greater. Boomi's cloud-native platform enables enterprises to streamline business processes and is essential for driving digital transformation.”

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