International Business Machines Corp.

1 New Orchard Road,
Armonk, New York 10504
United States,
(914) 499-1900

International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) is a global provider of information technology products and services. IBM's products and services include IT infrastructure and business process services, cloud computing, business analytics, and enterprise software. IBM was formed in 1910 and is based in Armonk, New York.

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Year ≤ '13 '14 '15 '16 '17 '18 T
Buy (6.8/yr) # 131 5 12 13 3 1 165
vol $28.1B $3.0B $2.6B $33.7B
Sell (1.2/yr) # 15 2 2 1 1 - 21
vol $4.0B $2.1B $6.0B

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Largest Cognos, Inc.
$5.0B (2008-01-31)
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Largest IBM’s x86 Server Business
$2.1B (2014-09-29)

According to our data here at Mergr, International Business Machines has acquired 176 companies, including 43 in the last 5 years. A total of 35 acquisitions came from private equity firms. It has also divested 21 assets.

International Business Machines’ largest acquisition to date was in 2008, when it acquired Cognos for $5.0B. It’s largest disclosed sale occurred in 2014, when it sold IBM’s x86 Server Business to Lenovo Group for $2.1B. International Business Machines has acquired in 23 different US states, and 17 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include software (59%) and information technology (17%).

When analyzing the information technology sector as a whole, according to Mergr, in the last 3 years, there are 1105 information technology companies that have made at least 1 acquisition, 68 have acquired at least 5 companies, and 11 have acquired more than 10 companies. The most prolific strategic information technology acquirer over the past 3 years is Accenture, with 34 acquisitions. The most prolific private equity acquirer in the information technology sector over the past 3 years is H.I.G. Capital with 11 platform acquisitions.

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