Microsoft Acquisitions and Exits, 195 Deals Between 1987 and 2019
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Microsoft has acquired 187 companies, including 56 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 19 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include software (56%) and internet software and services (30%).

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Microsoft Corp.

One Microsoft Way,
Redmond, Washington 98052
United States,
(425) 882-8080

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 ≤ '14 '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 T
Buy (9.8/yr) # 137 19 8 9 11 2 186
vol $32.3B $770M $26.5B $100M $7.5B $67.1B
Sell (0.0/yr) # 9 - - - - - 9
vol $530M $530M

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Largest LinkedIn Corp.
$26.2B (2016-06-13)
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Largest Razorfish
$530M (2009-08-09)

Software M&A - Last 3 Years

When analyzing the software sector as a whole, according to Mergr, in the last 3 years, there are 759 software companies that have made at least 1 acquisition, 58 have acquired at least 5 companies, and 11 have acquired more than 10 companies.

The most prolific strategic software acquirer over the past 3 years is WiseTech Global, with 14 acquisitions. The most prolific private equity acquirer in the software sector over the past 3 years is Accel-KKR with 12 platform acquisitions.

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