M&A Deal Summary

Adobe Acquires Aldus

On August 31, 1994, Adobe, Inc. acquired software company Aldus Corp.

Acquisition Highlights
  • This is Adobe’s 3rd transaction in the Software sector.
  • This is Adobe’s 2nd transaction in the United States.
  • This is Adobe’s 1st transaction in Washington.

M&A Deal Summary

Date 1994-08-31
Target Aldus Corp.
Sector Software
Buyer(s) Adobe, Inc.
Deal Type Add-on Acquisition

Target

Aldus Corp.

Seattle, Washington, United States
Aldus Corp., a software company develops desktop publishing software.

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Buyer(S) 1

Buyer

Adobe, Inc.

San Jose, California, United States

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Category Company
Founded 1982
SectorSoftware
Employees22,000
Revenue 11.2B USD (2019)
DESCRIPTION
Adobe, Inc.
Adobe's corporate headquarters in San Jose, California.

Adobe Systems is a diversified software company that offers a line of products and services used by creative professionals, marketers, knowledge workers, application developers, enterprises and consumers for creating, managing, delivering, measuring, optimizing and engaging with content and experiences across multiple operating systems, devices and media. Adobe markets and licenses products and services directly to enterprise customers through a sales force and to end users through app stores and its own website. Adobe offers many products via a Software-as-a-Service model or a managed services model as well as through term subscription and pay-per-use models. The Company also distributes certain products and services through a network of distributors, value-added resellers, systems integrators, independent software vendors, retailers, software developers and original equipment manufacturers. In addition, Adobe licenses technology to hardware manufacturers, software developers and service providers for use in their products and solutions. Adobe's products run on personal and server-based computers, as well as on smartphones, tablets and other devices. Adobe has operations in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Asia-Pacific. Adobe was formed in 1982 and is based in San Jose, California.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 3 of 49
Sector (Software) 3 of 30
Type (Add-on Acquisition) 3 of 46
State (Washington) 1 of 1
Country (United States) 2 of 38
Year (1994) 1 of 1
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
1992-06-29 OCR Systems

United States

OCR Systems, a software company.

Buy -
FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
1995-10-30 Frame Technology Corp.

Mountain View, California, United States

Frame Technology Corp., provides document creation, management, and distribution software for individuals and workgroups.

Buy $500M