Microsoft Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Software Company

Microsoft has acquired 192 companies, including 50 in the last 5 years. A total of 10 acquisitions came from private equity firms. It has also divested 15 assets.

Microsoft’s largest acquisition to date was in 2016, when it acquired LinkedIn for $26.2B. It’s largest disclosed sale occurred in 2009, when it sold Razorfish to Publicis Groupe SA for $530M. Microsoft has acquired in 26 different US states, and 20 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include software (55%) and internet software and services (30%).

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity200
    • M&A Buy Activity191
    • M&A Sell Activity9
  • Total Sectors Invested 10
  • Total Countries Invested 20
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 31
  • M&A Advisors 4

Microsoft Corp.

One Microsoft Way,
Redmond, Washington 98052
United States,
(425) 882-8080
www.microsoft.com

Microsoft develops, licenses, and supports a wide range of software products and services. The Company designs, manufactures, and sells devices that integrate with cloud-based services and delivers online advertising to a global audience. Products include operating systems for computing devices, servers, phones, and other intelligent devices; server applications for distributed computing environments; cross-device productivity applications; business solution applications; desktop and server management tools; software development tools; video games; and online advertising. Microsoft also designs and sells hardware including PCs, tablets, gaming and entertainment consoles, phones, other intelligent devices, and related accessories. Microsoft offers cloud-based solutions that provide customers with software, services, platforms, and content. The Company also provides consulting and product and solution support services, and trains and certifies computer system integrators and developers. Microsoft was formed in 1975 and is based in Redmond, Washington.


M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (7.0/yr) # 156 8 9 12 5 1 191
vol $33.1B $26.5B $100M $7.5B $67.1B
Sell (0.0/yr) # 9 - - - - - 9
vol $530M $530M
  200

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Affirmed Networks 2020-03-26 - Add-on Acquisition
Acton, Massachusetts · www.affirmednetworks.com
Mover Inc. 2019-10-21 - Add-on Acquisition
Edmonton, Alberta · www.mover.io
Movere Inc. 2019-09-04 - Add-on Acquisition
Bellevue, Washington · www.movere.io
BlueTalon, Inc. 2019-07-29 - Add-on Acquisition
Sunnyvale, California · www.bluetalon.com
DataSense 2019-02-04 - Divestiture
San Franicsco, California
Citus Data, Inc. 2019-01-24 - Add-on Acquisition
San Francisco, California · www.citusdata.com
Human, Inc. 2018-10-02 - Venture
Seattle, Washington · www.humanheadphones.com
Lobe Artificial Intelligence, Inc. 2018-09-13 - Add-on Acquisition
San Jose, California · www.lobe.ai
Flipgrid, Inc. 2018-06-18 - Add-on Acquisition
Minneapolis, Minnesota · www.flipgrid.com
Undead Labs LLC 2018-06-11 - Add-on Acquisition
Seattle, Washington · www.undeadlabs.com
View All >>

Business Unit M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Vexcel Imaging GmbH 2006-05-04 Verisk Analytics, Inc. - Imagery Sourcing Group 2020-01-21 1
Graz, Austria · www.vexcel-imaging.com Jersey City, New Jersey
GitHub, Inc. 2018-06-04 Semmle Ltd 2019-09-18 4
San Francisco, California · www.github.com Oxfordshire, United Kingdom · www.semmle.com
GitHub, Inc. 2018-06-04 Good Software LLC 2019-06-17 3
San Francisco, California · www.github.com Chicago, Illinois · www.pullpanda.com
LinkedIn Corp. 2016-06-13 Drawbridge, Inc. 2019-05-28 3
Mountain View, California · www.linkedin.com San Mateo, California · www.drawbridge.com
GitHub, Inc. 2018-06-04 Dependabot 2019-05-23 2
San Francisco, California · www.github.com London, United Kingdom · www.dependabot.com
GitHub, Inc. 2018-06-04 Spectrum 2018-11-30 1
San Francisco, California · www.github.com San Francisco, California · www.spectrum.chat
LinkedIn Corp. 2016-06-13 Glint, Inc. 2018-10-08 2
Mountain View, California · www.linkedin.com Redwood City, California · www.glintinc.com
LinkedIn Corp. 2016-06-13 PointDrive LLC 2016-07-26 1
Mountain View, California · www.linkedin.com Chicago, Illinois · www.pointdrive.com
Skype Technologies S.A. 2011-05-10 GroupMe, Inc. 2011-08-21 1
Luxembourg, Luxembourg · www.skype.com New York, New York · www.groupme.com
MSN    - MessageCast, Inc. 2005-05-11 1
Redmond, Washington · www.msn.com Redwood City, California

M&A by Sector

Sector Buy # Value Sell # Value
Software 104 (54%) 4.7B (7%) 1 (11%) -
Internet Software and Services 57 (30%) 47.9B (71%) 6 (67%) -
Information Technology 11 (6%) 866M (1%) - -
Digital Media 7 (4%) - - -
Technology Hardware 6 (3%) 6.3B (9%) - -
Marketing 2 (1%) 7.3B (11%) 1 (11%) 530M (100%)
Media 1 (1%) - 1 (11%) -
Communications 1 (1%) - - -
Consumer Products 1 (1%) - - -
Staffing 1 (1%) - - -
Total 191 $67.1B 9 $530M

By Geo

State/Country Buy Value Sell Value
United States 138 46.4B 7 530M
  California 51 36.0B 1 -
  Washington 16 9.3B 2 -
  Massachusetts 13 100M - -
  New York 9 100M - -
  Illinois 5 - - -
  Texas 3 - 1 530M
  Maryland 3 - - -
  Connecticut 2 486M 1 -
  District of Columbia 2 - - -
  Colorado 2 - - -
  Virginia 2 100M - -
  Ohio 2 170M - -
  North Carolina 2 - - -
  New Jersey 2 - - -
  Kansas 2 - - -
  Idaho 1 - - -
  Georgia 1 - - -
  Florida 1 - - -
  Wisconsin 1 50M - -
  Vermont 1 - - -
  Utah 1 - - -
  Pennsylvania 1 - - -
  Oregon 1 - - -
  New Hampshire 1 - - -
  Minnesota 1 - - -
Canada 15 - 1 -
  Ontario 5 - - -
  Quebec 4 - 1 -
  British Columbia 3 - - -
  Saskatchewan 1 - - -
  Alberta 1 - - -
United Kingdom 10 250M 1 -
Israel 6 695M - -
France 4 - - -
Sweden 3 2.5B - -
Germany 2 - - -
Austria 1 - - -
Denmark 1 1.5B - -
Finland 1 6.1B - -
Ireland 1 - - -
Italy 1 - - -
Jordan 1 - - -
Luxembourg 1 8.5B - -
New Zealand 1 - - -
Norway 1 1.2B - -
Poland 1 - - -
Portugal 1 - - -
Switzerland 1 - - -
Thailand 1 - - -
Domestic 138 (72%) 46.4B (69%) 7 (78%) 530M (100%)
Cross-border 53 (28%) 20.7B (31%) 2 (22%) -
Total 191 $67.1B 9 $530M

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Morgan Stanley
1
Goldman Sachs Investment Banking Division
1
Legal Deals
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
2
Covington & Burling LLP
2

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 10 $63.5B
$100M to $1B 12 $3.0B
< $100M 7 $581M
TOTAL $67.1B
Largest LinkedIn Corp.
$26.2B (2016-06-13)
sell # Total
$100M to $1B 1 $530M
TOTAL $530M
Largest Razorfish
$530M (2009-08-09)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
59%
10 59%
Strategic(s)
41%
7 41%
Divested to
Strategic(s)
100%
7 100%

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