Merger MinuetBy Joshua Weinberger Print
Going fishing for possible acquisitions? Start with these whoppers.
|BIG FISH||LITTLE FISH||THE FISHING LINE|
|Oracle||BEA Systems||Probably not worth the effort. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said Oracle "would benefit from buying [BEA], but not much, and that's the problem."|
|Oracle||Siebel & i2||Improbable. In mid-January, Ellison called both "dying companies." And Siebel just announced the creation of a "poison-pill" defense.|
|IBM||MatrixOne||Not likely. The two companies already share a marketing partnership. No upside for IBM in buying the firm outright.|
|IBM||Vignette||Despite an overlapping customer base, Vignette's recent purchase of Epicentric might complicate matters.|
|SAP||Aspen||After realizing some efficiencies, SAP could see a return even if it pays double the supply-chain software company's current market cap.|
|PeopleSoft||Agile Software||Insiders note the warm vibes between top executives at the two companies-a merger would be friendly.|
|Infosys||i2||i2 has nearly a half-billion in cash on its books and significant intellectual property. India-based Infosys might pick up i2 in order to make an impact in the States.|
|Microsoft||WebEx||Oops. Wrong fish. Redmond is buying rival online conferencer PlaceWare instead. Now WebEx has to wonder if it can continue to go it alone.|
|Microsoft||AOL||Not as crazy as it sounds. What's the only outfit that might pay Time Warner a premium for AOL?|
|IBM||Sun||Long rumored. But no action to date.|
|Source: AMR Research, Baseline Research|
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