International Business Machines 8-K 2014
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
CURRENT REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15 (d)
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Date of Report: January 23, 2014
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Item 8.01 (Other Events)
On January 23, 2014, IBM and Lenovo Group Limited announced a definitive agreement under which Lenovo will acquire IBMs x86 server portfolio. The press release contains additional information about the transaction and is Attachment I of this Form 8-K. Attachment II contains information about this transaction that has been posted on IBMs Investor Relations website (www.ibm.com/investor/).
IBMs web site (www.ibm.com) contains a significant amount of information about IBM, including financial and other information for investors (www.ibm.com/investor/). IBM encourages investors to visit its various web sites from time to time, as information is updated and new information is posted.
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Lenovo Plans to Acquire IBMs x86 Server Business
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, and Armonk, New York January 23, 2014: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) have entered into a definitive agreement in which Lenovo plans to acquire IBMs x86 server business. This includes System x, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and switches, x86-based Flex integrated systems, NeXtScale and iDataPlex servers and associated software, blade networking and maintenance operations. The purchase price is approximately US$2.3 billion, approximately two billion of which will be paid in cash and the balance in Lenovo stock.
IBM will retain its System z mainframes, Power Systems, Storage Systems, Power-based Flex servers, and PureApplication and PureData appliances.
The agreement builds upon a longstanding collaboration that began in 2005 when Lenovo acquired IBMs PC business, which included the ThinkPad line of PCs. In the period since the companies have continued to collaborate in many areas.
IBM will continue to develop and evolve its Windows and Linux software portfolio for the x86 platform. IBM is a leading developer of software products for x86 servers with thousands of products and tens of thousands of software developer and services professionals who build software for x86 systems.
Lenovo and IBM plan to enter into a strategic relationship which will include a global OEM and reseller agreement for sales of IBMs industry-leading entry and midrange Storwize disk storage systems, tape storage systems, General Parallel File System software, SmartCloud Entry offering, and elements of IBMs system software portfolio, including Systems Director and Platform Computing solutions.
Following the closing of the transaction, Lenovo will assume related customer service and maintenance operations. IBM will continue to provide maintenance delivery on Lenovos behalf for an extended period of time, so customers should see little change in their maintenance support.
Approximately 7,500 IBM employees around the world, including those based at major locations such as Raleigh, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Taipei, are expected to be offered employment by Lenovo.
This agreement follows recent announcements by IBM that it will invest more than $1 billion in the new IBM Watson Group, and $1.2 billion to expand its global cloud computing footprint to 40 data centers worldwide in 15 countries across five continents.
This acquisition demonstrates our willingness to invest in businesses that can help fuel profitable growth and extend our PC Plus strategy, said Yang Yuanqing, chairman and CEO, Lenovo. With the right strategy, great execution, continued innovation and a clear commitment to the x86 industry, we are confident that we can grow this business successfully for the long-term, just as we have done with our worldwide PC business.
This divestiture allows IBM to focus on system and software innovations that bring new kinds of value to strategic areas of our business, such as cognitive computing, Big Data and cloud, said Steve Mills, Senior Vice President and Group Executive, IBM Software and Systems. IBM has a proven record of innovation and transformation, which has enabled us to create solutions that are highly valued by our clients.
The transaction is subject to the satisfaction of regulatory requirements, customary closing conditions and any other needed approvals. Subsequent local closings will occur subject to similar conditions, agreements and the information and consultation process in applicable countries.
While the transaction is being completed, both companies expect no change in their independent, existing server operations, including customer service and product availability.
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US$34 billion personal technology company the largest PC maker worldwide and an emerging PC Plus leader serving customers in more than 160 countries. Dedicated to exceptionally engineered PCs and mobile internet devices, Lenovos business is built on product innovation, a highly-efficient global supply chain and strong strategic execution. Formed by Lenovo Groups acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the Company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services. Its product lines include legendary Think-branded commercial PCs and Idea-branded consumer PCs, as well as servers, workstations, and a family of mobile internet devices, including tablets and smart phones. Lenovo, a global Fortune 500 company, has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information see www.lenovo.com.
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IBM to Sell x86 Server Business to Lenovo
January 23, 2014
On January 23, 2014, IBM announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Lenovo, in which Lenovo will acquire IBMs x86 server portfolio.
A copy of the announcement press release is available here http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/43016.wss
In the dynamic IT industry, companies need to continually reinvent themselves to bring long term value for clients.
IBMs model is based on continuous transformation, which includes a shift to higher value solutions for enterprise clients. Lenovo delivers value through high-volume, industry standard products that benefit from economies of scale. This transaction strengthens the business of both companies.
IBM will continue to deliver value in high end systems, software and services, with a focus on driving innovations in the strategic areas of big data and analytics, cloud, social, mobile, and security. IBMs System z mainframes, Power, and storage systems provide unique capabilities to exploit these growth areas.
Transaction Details and Business Relationships
IBM will sell to Lenovo its System x, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and switches, x86-based Flex integrated systems, NeXtScale and iDataPlex servers and associated software, blade networking and maintenance operations.
IBM will continue to develop and evolve its Windows and Linux software portfolio for the x86 platform.
IBM and Lenovo plan to enter into a strategic relationship which will include a global OEM and reseller agreement for sales of IBMs industry-leading entry and midrange Storwize disk storage systems, tape storage systems, General Parallel File System software, SmartCloud Entry offering, and elements of IBMs system software, including Systems Director and Platform Computing solutions.
Following the closing of the transaction, Lenovo will assume related customer service and maintenance operations. IBM will continue to provide maintenance delivery on Lenovos behalf for an extended period of time.
The transaction is expected to close later this year, subject to the satisfaction of regulatory requirements, customary closing conditions, and any other required approvals. Subsequent local closings will occur subject to similar conditions, agreements, and the information and consultation process in applicable countries.
Proceeds and Gain
The transaction price is $2.3 billion and as consideration, IBM will receive approximately $2 billion in cash, with the balance in Lenovo stock.
IBM expects to recognize a total pre-tax gain on the sale of approximately $1 billion. This gain will be recognized consistent with the closing schedule for the transaction.
The exact amount of the gain and the breakdown by closing date is not yet determinable. The variables that can impact the final gain include the valuation of the final balance sheet transferred, the valuation of other related agreements, and transaction-related expenses.
This gain was not included in the 2014 operating earnings per share guidance of at least $18.00 provided by the company on January 21, 2014.
Revenue and Profit Impact
IBMs worldwide x86 business is reported in IBMs Systems and Technology segment, and the associated maintenance operations are part of the Global Technology Services segment. In 2013, this combined business delivered $4.6 billion of revenue, and was essentially breakeven on a pre-tax income basis. As a result, this transaction results in a higher margin profile consistent with IBMs longer term business and financial model.
Additional information will be provided at the time of the closing later in the year.