Lenovo to buy IBM’s low-end server unit for $2.3 billion

(Reuters) – Chinese PC maker Lenovo Group Ltd has agreed to buy International Business Machine Corp’s low-end server business for $2.3 billion in what would be China’s biggest technology deal.

The long-expected acquisition comes nearly a decade after Lenovo bought IBM’s money-losing ThinkPad business for $1.75 billion, eventually becoming the world leader in personal computers in 2012.

The sale of the low-end server operation – which still needs U.S. government approval – would allow IBM to focus on its decade-long shift to more profitable software and services.

The deal would increase Lenovo’s share in the server market to 14 percent from 2 percent, said Peter Hortensius, a senior vice-president at Lenovo.

新浪科技讯 1月23日下午消息,联想集团刚刚发布公告称,已与IBM(182.73, 0.48, 0.26%)签订协议,以23亿美元收购IBM X86服务器硬件及相关服务维护业务。

  根据两家公司签订的协议,23亿美元收购价中包含20.7亿美元现金和向IBM定向发行1.82亿股联想集团股票。同时,IBM将有7500名员工加入联想集团。

  协议中的硬件产品包括“System x”、“BladeCenter”、“Blade”、“Flex System”、“Pure Flex”产品、Blade Network Technology等。

  联想集团CEO杨元庆预计,通过此次收购,公司每年将增加50亿美元营收。

  联想集团通过此次并购,将占有全球14%服务器市场份额,并成为第三大服务器厂商。2004年,联想集团以17.5亿美元收购IBM PC业务。(祁冀)