Zebra Technologies Corp. and Motorola Solutions, Inc. announced on April 15 that they have entered into a definitive agreement in which Zebra will acquire Motorola’s Enterprise business for $3.45 billion in an all-cash transaction.
“This acquisition will transform Zebra into a leading provider of solutions that deliver greater intelligence and insights into our customers’ enterprises and extended value chains,” said Anders Gustafsson, Zebra’s CEO. “The enterprise business will generate significant value for our shareholders by driving further product innovation and deeper engagement with our customers and partners. It positions Zebra as a leading technology innovator, with the accelerating convergence of mobility, data analytics and cloud computing.”
“Our enterprise business is an ideal fit for Zebra,” said Greg Brown, Motorola Solutions chairman and CEO. “This transaction will enable us to further sharpen our strategic focus on providing mission-critical solutions for our government and public safety customers. Upon closing of the transaction, we intend to return the proceeds to our shareholders in a timely fashion.”
With 2013 pro-forma sales of approximately $2.5 billion (excluding sales of its iDEN products), Motorola’s enterprise business is an industry leader in mobile computing and advanced data capture communications technologies and services. Through this transaction, Zebra will enter the segment where Motorola’s enterprise business competes and strengthen its position in key industries, including retail, transportation and logistics, and manufacturing, and serve approximately 95 percent of the Fortune 500.
Zebra Technologies, with 2013 sales of $1.0 billion, is an industry leader in barcode and enterprise printing, asset tracking, Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, and motion and location sensing. The combination of these technology offerings and asset tracking solutions, together with Motorola’s enterprise business, will create an industry leader in enterprise asset intelligence for the “Connected Age,” said a news release issued by both companies.
The combined Zebra Technologies with Motorola’s enterprise business would have had pro-forma sales in 2013 of approximately $3.5 billion. Approximately 4,500 employees are expected to join Zebra upon completing this transaction.
Motorola Solutions will retain its iDEN product portfolio that was part of its enterprise business and will continue its government business, including its professional commercial radio product portfolio.
Motorola Solutions will continue to manufacture, design, integrate and deliver industry-leading voice and data communication solutions for government and public safety customers worldwide. Motorola Solutions sells these secure, mission-critical and innovative products, services and solutions with unique software designs that are the cutting edge in public safety technology. It also holds a unique portfolio of intellectual property.