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更新:Google、モトローラ・モビリティを買収へ。総額125億ドル

Haruka Ueda
2011年8月15日, 午後09:15 in Breaking News
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えらいことです。Google が Moto ことモトローラ・モビリティを買収します。モトローラ・モビリティは今年はじめ旧モトローラが二分割されて出来た、モバイル部門のほう。スマートフォンを作っているモトローラです(もうひとつは業務機器やネットワーク機器などを担うモトローラ・ソリューションズ)。買収計画は両社間ですでに合意に達しており、買収額は12日付け終値に63%ものプレミアムを上乗せした、1株あたり40ドル。総額で125億ドル。1ドル80円でちょうど1兆円。これまで数々の買収劇を演じてきた Google ですが、今回は YouTube や Double Click、AdMob といった過去の事例も霞むほどの超大型案件です。

両社の関係を振り返るなら、Android ブームの火付け役となった Droid をはじめとして、最近では初の "Honeycomb" タブレット Xoom など、Google の Android 戦略の中でモトローラが重要な役割を示してきたのはご存知のとおり。家庭用端末やビジネス向けのビデオソリューションなど、今後 Android が開拓していくであろう分野でモトローラは強みを持つ企業でもあります。また、各社の歓迎コメントに「Androidエコシステムの防衛」が含まれていることからも分かるように、マイクロソフトやアップルから知財面での攻勢を受ける Google / Android にとって、モトローラを傘下に加えることは知財ポートフォリオ面での大きな強化にもなります。

買収によって Google は自社ブランドで Nexus シリーズを展開するだけに留まらず、自社グループでデバイス製造まで担えるようになりますが、同社いわく「Androidをオープンプラットフォームとして推進するという約束に変化はない」とのこと。モトローラはあくまでGoogleからは「切り離したビジネス」として Android ライセンシーのひとつに留まり、Android は引き続きオープンで他メーカーもウェルカムの姿勢を保つ計画です。プレスリリースでも、多くのハードウェア・パートナーが Android の成功に貢献してきた、今後とも Google / モトローラはパートナーをサポートしていく、とパートナーありきを強調しています。

その姿勢がよく分かる Google社モバイル部門シニアVP、"Androidの父" ことアンディ・ルービン氏のコメントを引用すれば:「Googleとモトローラ・モビリティの組合せはAndroidのエコシステムに新たな地平を開くことができると考えています。しかしながら、われわれのAndroidに対するビジョンは変わらず、Googleは引き続きオープンプラットフォームとしてのAndroidと、その活気あるオープンソース コミュニティを全力で支持します。Googleはまた、先進的なAndroid 採用機器の開発と流通について、すべてのすばらしいAndroidパートナーと変わらぬ協力を続けてゆきます」

とはいえどちらかといえばサムスンやHTCには面白くない話でしょうし、ただでさえメーカーからは一部優遇の不満の声も上がる中で、 Google がどう目配りをしながら Android 戦略の手綱を握っていくのかは今後の見どころ。プラットフォーマーとメーカーの連携強化という意味ではマイクロソフトとノキアの関係を思い返さずにはいられませんが、あるいはここへ来てアップル式の垂直統合へ回帰しつつあるという見方もできそうです。

買収手続きは年末、あるいは来年早々に完了の予定。続きにはパートナー各社の歓迎コメント和訳、およびプレスリリース原文を掲載しています。


HTC のCEO ピーター・チョウ氏のコメントは「本日の買収のニュースを歓迎します。この買収は、Androidとそのパートナー企業、そしてエコシステム全体を守ることに対するGoogleの強い覚悟を示しています」

ソニー・エリクソンCEO Bert Nordberg氏のコメントは「GoogleがAndroidとパートナーの防衛に真剣に取り組んでいることを歓迎します」

LG Electronics CEO兼プレジデント Jong-Seok Park 博士は「LGは、Androidとパートナーを守るGoogleの真剣な取り組みを歓迎します」


Peter Chou, CEO, HTC:

We welcome the news of today's acquisition, which demonstrates that Google is deeply committed to defending Android, its partners, and the entire ecosystem.

Bert Nordberg, President & CEO, Sony Ericsson:

I welcome Google's commitment to defending Android and its partners.

Jong-Seok Park, President & CEO, LG:

We welcome Google's commitment to defending Android and its partners.



Google to Acquire Motorola Mobility

Combination will Supercharge Android, Enhance Competition, and Offer Wonderful User Experiences


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. & LIBERTYVILLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Google will acquire Motorola Mobility for $40.00 per share in cash, or a total of about $12.5 billion, a premium of 63% to the closing price of Motorola Mobility shares on Friday, August 12, 2011. The transaction was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies.

"Motorola Mobility's total commitment to Android has created a natural fit for our two companies. Together, we will create amazing user experiences that supercharge the entire Android ecosystem for the benefit of consumers, partners and developers. I look forward to welcoming Motorolans to our family of Googlers."
The acquisition of Motorola Mobility, a dedicated Android partner, will enable Google to supercharge the Android ecosystem and will enhance competition in mobile computing. Motorola Mobility will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. Google will run Motorola Mobility as a separate business.

Larry Page, CEO of Google, said, "Motorola Mobility's total commitment to Android has created a natural fit for our two companies. Together, we will create amazing user experiences that supercharge the entire Android ecosystem for the benefit of consumers, partners and developers. I look forward to welcoming Motorolans to our family of Googlers."

Sanjay Jha, CEO of Motorola Mobility, said, "This transaction offers significant value for Motorola Mobility's stockholders and provides compelling new opportunities for our employees, customers, and partners around the world. We have shared a productive partnership with Google to advance the Android platform, and now through this combination we will be able to do even more to innovate and deliver outstanding mobility solutions across our mobile devices and home businesses."

Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile at Google, said, "We expect that this combination will enable us to break new ground for the Android ecosystem. However, our vision for Android is unchanged and Google remains firmly committed to Android as an open platform and a vibrant open source community. We will continue to work with all of our valued Android partners to develop and distribute innovative Android-powered devices."

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of regulatory approvals in the US, the European Union and other jurisdictions, and the approval of Motorola Mobility's stockholders. The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2011 or early 2012.

Webcast Information

Google and Motorola Mobility will hold a conference call with financial analysts to discuss this announcement today at 8:30am ET. The toll-free dial-in number for the call is 877-616-4476 (conference ID: 92149124). The call will also be webcast live at http://investor.shareholder.com/media/eventdetail.cfm?eventid=101369&CompanyID=ABEA-3VZHGF&e=1&mediaKey=A21887C59EBAAC12F1BCF4D43C080953. The webcast version of the conference call will be available through the same link following the conference call.

About Google Inc.

Google's innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web property in all major global markets. Google's targeted advertising program provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users. Google is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.google.com.

About Motorola Mobility

Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. fuses innovative technology with human insights to create experiences that simplify, connect and enrich people's lives. Our portfolio includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets; wireless accessories; end-to-end video and data delivery; and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices. For more information, visit motorola.com/mobility.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements generally can be identified by phrases such as Google, Motorola or management of either company "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "foresees," "forecasts," "estimates" or other words or phrases of similar import. Similarly, statements herein that describe the proposed transaction, including its financial impact, and other statements of management's beliefs, intentions or goals also are forward-looking statements. It is uncertain whether any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur, or if any of them do, what impact they will have on the results of operations and financial condition of the combined companies or the price of Google or Motorola stock. These forward-looking statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to the ability of the parties to consummate the proposed transaction and the satisfaction of the conditions precedent to consummation of the proposed transaction, including the ability to secure regulatory approvals at all or in a timely manner; the ability of Google to successfully integrate Motorola's operations, product lines and technology; the ability of Google to implement its plans, forecasts and other expectations with respect to Motorola's business after the completion of the transaction and realize additional opportunities for growth and innovation; and the other risks and important factors contained and identified in Google's and Motorola's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), such as their respective Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Annual Reports on Form 10-K, any of which could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date hereof. Neither Google nor Motorola undertakes any obligation to update the forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

Motorola intends to file with the SEC a proxy statement in connection with the proposed transaction with Google. The definitive proxy statement will be sent or given to the stockholders of Motorola and will contain important information about the proposed transaction and related matters. SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT CAREFULLY WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE. The proxy statement and other relevant materials (when they become available), and any other documents filed by Motorola with the SEC, may be obtained free of charge at the SEC's website, at www.sec.gov. In addition, security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the proxy statement from Motorola by contacting Investor Relations by mail at Attn: Investor Relations, 600 North U.S. Highway 45, Libertyville, IL 60048.

Participants in the Solicitation

Motorola and its directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from Motorola stockholders in connection with the proposed transaction. Information about Motorola's directors and executive officers is set forth in its proxy statement for its 2011 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on March 15, 2011, and its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010, filed on February 18, 2011. These documents are available free of charge at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov, and by mail at Attention: Investor Relations, 600 North U.S. Highway 45, Libertyville, IL 60048, or by going to Motorola's Investor Relations page on its corporate website at http://investors.motorola.com. Additional information regarding the interests of participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the transaction will be included in the proxy statement that Motorola intends to file with the SEC.
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