Xerox Corp to buy Affiliated Computer for $6.4 billion

The deal, priced at a 33.6 percent premium to ACS’s Friday closing price, is the latest in the active technology services sector.  Xerox will pay 4.935 Xerox shares and $18.60 in cash for each share of ACS, totaling $63.11 per share based on Friday’s closing price, the companies said.

Xerox Chief Executive Ursula Burns said that the revenue from services will triple to an estimated $10 billion next year from $3.5 billion in 2008.

Xerox assume ACS’s debt of $2 billion and issue $300 million of convertible preferred stock to ACS’s Class B shareholder. On an adjusted earnings basis, the deal is expected to add to Xerox’s earnings in the first year.

Xerox said it would become a $22 billion global company after the deal, of which $17 billion is recurring revenue. It expects annualized cost savings of $300 million to $400 million in the first three years after closing.

The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2010.

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