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Japan's SoftBank acquires ARM Holdings for $32 billion

18 Jul 2016 | By Supriya Kaur

Japan's SoftBank Group announced its acquisition of U.K. based ARM Holdings for $32 billion.

Softbank's largest ever deal is intended to significantly bolster its presence in the IoT segment.

ARM Holdings will receive GBP 17 per share, a 43 percent premium on last week's closing price, in this all-cash deal.

ARM's acquisition is considered the biggest for a technology company in Europe.

In context: CEO Masayoshi Son steers SoftBank to IoT

ARM Holdings' evolving trajectoryBritain's ARM Holdings

ARM Holdings is the dominant player globally in the processor market; its biggest clients include Apple and Samsung.

It designs chipsets for smartphones, consumer appliances and boasts of a robust IP portfolio.

Slowdown in the smart phone market has led ARM to focus on investments in 'Internet-of-Things' devices.

Revenue forecasts for the IoT segment are expected to equal that of mobile phones by 2020.

What is 'Internet-of-Things'?

'Internet-of-Things' or 'IoT' is essentially a network of physical objects (home appliances, cars, wearable devices, thermostats etc.) embedded with an IP address and connected to the Internet that allows data to be collected, exchanged in order to store, track and analyse respective gadget's functioning.
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18 Jul 2016Japan's SoftBank acquires ARM Holdings for $32 billion

Moving from telecom to 'Internet-of-Things'SoftBank's paradigm shift

SoftBank's acquisition of ARM Holdings, is part of Masayoshi Son's broader vision of a "future where everything is connected and computerized".

Last week, SoftBank had also announced a joint venture with Japanese IoT service provider Aeris.

Aeris will now expand in Japan and globally to provide IoT and telematic services with assistance from technology major SoftBank.

April 2016Mergers & Acquisitions in the IoT segment heating up

Strategy Analytics' report released in April this year reflects the frenetic pace of transactions in the 'Internet-of-Things' segment.

The number of deals hit an all-time high in 2015.

In the last six months, notable deals have included Cisco's acquisition of Jasper Technologies' IoT platform for $1.4 billion, Intel's acquisition of Altera for $16.7 billion and multiple acquisitions by IBM.

SoftBank's largest acquisition prior to ARM Holdings

SoftBank acquired Sprint Nextel, the 3rd largest mobile carrier in the U.S. for $22 billion in mid-2013, to position itself as a competitor to telecom giants like Vodafone and T-Mobile. Post-acquisition of Sprint, SoftBank was left struggling with a humongous debt 4 times its EBITDA.