Microsoft Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Software Company

Microsoft has acquired 201 companies, including 43 in the last 5 years. A total of 12 acquisitions came from private equity firms. It has also divested 16 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 (29%).

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity210
    • M&A Buy Activity200
    • M&A Sell Activity10
  • Total Sectors Invested 10
  • Total Countries Invested 20
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 35
  • M&A Advisors 4

Microsoft Corp. (Microsoft)

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 ≤ '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 T
Buy (7.0/yr) # 165 9 12 5 7 2 200
vol $59.5B $100M $7.5B $7.7B $19.7B $94.5B
Sell (0.2/yr) # 9 - - 1 - - 10
vol $530M $530M
  210

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Nuance Communications, Inc. 2021-04-12 19.7B USD Add-on Acquisition
Burlington, Massachusetts · www.nuance.com
The Marsden Group 2021-03-16 - Add-on Acquisition
Aberdeen, United Kingdom · www.themarsdengroup.com
Smash.gg 2020-12-02 - Add-on Acquisition
San Francisco, California · www.smash.gg
ZeniMax Media, Inc. 2020-09-21 7.5B USD Add-on Acquisition
Rockville, Maryland · www.zenimax.com
ADRM Software, Inc. 2020-06-18 - Add-on Acquisition
Fort Lauderdale, Florida · www.adrm.com
Softomotive Ltd. 2020-05-19 - Add-on Acquisition
London, United Kingdom · www.softomotive.com
MetaSwitch Networks Ltd. 2020-05-14 - Add-on Acquisition
Enfield, United Kingdom · www.metaswitch.com
CyberX 2020-05-07 165M USD Add-on Acquisition
Waltham, Maryland · www.cyberx-labs.com
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
View All >>

Business Unit M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
LinkedIn Corp. 2016-06-13 SlideShare 2020-08-11 1
Mountain View, California · www.linkedin.com San Francisco, California · www.slideshare.net

M&A by Sector

Sector Buy # Value Sell # Value
Software 109 (55%) 31.9B (34%) 1 (10%) -
Internet Software and Services 57 (29%) 47.9B (51%) 6 (60%) -
Information Technology 13 (7%) 1.0B (1%) - -
Digital Media 7 (4%) - - -
Technology Hardware 7 (4%) 6.3B (7%) - -
Marketing 3 (2%) 7.4B (8%) 2 (20%) 530M (100%)
Media 1 (1%) - 1 (10%) -
Communications 1 (1%) - - -
Consumer Products 1 (1%) - - -
Staffing 1 (1%) - - -
Total 200 $94.5B 10 $530M

By Geo

State/Country Buy Value Sell Value
United States 144 73.8B 8 530M
  California 52 36.0B 1 -
  Washington 17 9.3B 2 -
  Massachusetts 14 19.8B - -
  New York 9 100M - -
  Maryland 5 7.7B - -
  Illinois 5 - - -
  Texas 3 - 1 530M
  Connecticut 2 486M 1 -
  Florida 2 - - -
  District of Columbia 2 - - -
  Colorado 2 - - -
  Virginia 2 100M - -
  Ohio 2 170M - -
  North Carolina 2 - - -
  New Jersey 2 - - -
  Kansas 2 - - -
  Wisconsin 1 50M 1 -
  Idaho 1 - - -
  Georgia 1 - - -
  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 13 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 144 (72%) 73.8B (78%) 8 (80%) 530M (100%)
Cross-border 56 (28%) 20.7B (22%) 2 (20%) -
Total 200 $94.5B 10 $530M

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Goldman Sachs Investment Banking Division
2
Morgan Stanley
1
Legal Deals
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
3
Covington & Burling LLP
2

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 12 $90.7B
$100M to $1B 13 $3.2B
< $100M 7 $581M
TOTAL $94.5B
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
Investor(s)
6%
11 (6%)
Strategic(s)
4%
8 (4%)
Divested to
Strategic(s)
80%
8 (80%)

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