Merger to Expand PeopleSoft’s Global Footprint

PeopleSoft has announced an agreed bid for rival ERP vendor J.D. Edwards. Under the terms of the agreement, stockholders will receive 0.860 PeopleSoft common shares for each outstanding J.D. Edwards common share. Based on the closing price of PeopleSoft stock on May 30, 2003 and J.D. Edwards’ shares outstanding, the transaction is valued at approximately $1.7 billion. The transaction is expected to be accretive to PeopleSoft’s FY 2004 earnings on an adjusted basis excluding amortization associated with acquired intangibles, the write-down of deferred revenue and other purchase accounting adjustments. Combined, the companies have approximately $2.8 billion in annual revenues, 13,000 employees and more than 11,000 customers in 150 countries. With this acquisition, PeopleSoft will expand its presence in more than 20 industries including a broad range of services, manufacturing, distribution and asset-intensive industries. Under the agreement, J.D. Edwards will become a wholly owned subsidiary of PeopleSoft, and J.D. Edwards stockholders will own approximately 25 per cent of the outstanding capital stock of the combined company. The agreement has been unanimously approved by both boards of directors.


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