Lenovo To Acquire Stoneware; Computer Hardware Manufacturer Ventures Into Cloud Computing

 
on September 18 2012 5:14 AM

The second largest computer manufacturer in the world, Lenovo Group Ltd (0992) has decided to acquire a U.S.-based software company Stoneware Inc that marks its venture into Cloud Computing, the Wall Street Journal has reported.

The financial terms of the acquisition are yet to be disclosed. Stoneware develops software that is used by governments and schools to synchronize data across multiple mobile devices, Mark Cohen, a vice president with Lenovo, told Bloomberg in an interview.

 

Apparently Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, led by Keith Flaum, a partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions practice group, represented Lenovo in the deal, while Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP lead by partner Neal R. Roach Jr., represented Stoneware.

This is claimed to be Lenovo's second acquisition in less than three weeks. Earlier, on Sept.5, Lenovo announced plans to buy Sao Paulo, Brazil-based consumer electronics group called CCE for $147 million.

Bloomberg report notes that Lenovo will use Stoneware to build "public cloud" for consumers. The service is billed as a competitor to Apple's iCloud, which lets users store music, movies, and applications and access them via Internet, wirelessly.

Stoneware is said to have 67 employees on its rolls in Salt Lake City, Utah, and provide Cloud Computing products for the public and education sectors.

The acquisition is tipped to close at the end of 2012 and there are said to be no job losses from the purchase, the Wall Street Journal added.

The company's software helps users store data remotely so that it is accessible across a wide variety of devices. Stoneware provides a classroom management system that helps teachers manage their students' computers, distribute assignments and monitor content students access, according to the Wall Street Journal.

At 1:03 p.m., Lenovo shares (0992) were unchanged at HK$6.32. Reportedly, the shares gained 22 percent this year compared with 12 percent rise in benchmark Hang Sang Index.

Based in Beijing and Morrisville, North Carolina, Stoneware's acquisition marks Lenovo's first software buy. Previously, Lenovo acquired the PC division of IBM in 2005. In 2011, the company acquired Medion AG (MDN), a Germany-based computer maker and the PC unit of Tokyo-based NEC Corp, Bloomberg added.

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