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IBM withdraws $7-bn buyout offer for Sun Microsystems: Report

india Updated: Apr 06, 2009 17:06 IST
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Global IT major IBM has withdrawn its $ 7-billion buyout offer for computer hardware maker Sun Microsystems, says a media report.

"IBM withdrew its $ 7 billion bid for Sun Microsystems on Sunday, one day after Sun's board balked at a reduced offer," The New York Times reported "quoting three people close to the talks".

The report published online said IBM had a team of over 100 lawyers conducting due-diligence research on potential problems in buying Sun, ranging from those antitrust concerns to the entity's contracts with employees and IBM competitors.

Quoting one person familiar with the talks, after the legal review, IBM reduced its offer on Saturday from $ 9.55, "the proposal on the table late last week, to $ 9.40".

"The offer was presented to Sun's board on Saturday, and the board balked. The Sun board did not reject the offer outright, but wanted certain guarantees that the IBM side considered onerous," the publication said quoting a person familiar with the talks.

According to the daily, Sun then said, it would no longer abide by its exclusive negotiating agreement with IBM. And on Sunday, IBM's board decided to withdraw the offer.

Attributing to second person close to negotiations, the report noted the breakdown in talks "came over the shifting balance of price and conditions for the deal".