Dnes Motorola oznámila získanie k+účového podielu v spoločnosti Sendo, ktorá je jediným britským výrobcom mobilných telefónov pôsobiacim aj v Singapure. Získa tým vývojársku časť, testovaciu časť aj tzv. know-how. Finančné detaily ešte nie sú zverejnené. Píše sa o získaní 170 zamestnancov z Birminghamu a 30 ľudí zo Singapuru. Rovnako získa aj 50 existujúcich patentov a 40 patentov čakajúcich na schválenie.
V roku 2004 Sendo predalo 5 miliónov mobilných telefónov s príjmom asi 420 miliónov dolárov.
Zaujímavá je poznámka na konci tlačovej správy:
"Under the agreement, Motorola is not acquiring the larger business of Sendo Ltd. or any of its manufacturing or supply relationships, or any of its capital or real assets, handset inventories, sales offices, liabilities or financial obligations."
Podľa dohody, Motorola nezískava majetok, obchody, zásoby... Pravdepodobne ide o akúsi zvláštnu dohodu, ktorá sa zameriava najmä na vývoj produktov.
Ak tlačovej správe niekto porozumel lepšie než ja, rád sa nechám opraviť v diskusii pod článkom. :)
Originál tlačovej správy:
LIBERTYVILLE, IL - USA, and BIRMINGHAM, UK ? 29 June 2005 ? Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) announced today that it is acquiring key assets from British mobile handset maker Sendo Ltd. A global leader in wireless communications, Motorola is purchasing Sendo?s UK- and Singapore-based research and development team and design and test equipment required by that team, as well as the company's intellectual property portfolio. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.
Sendo?s core research and development team comprises approximately 200 engineers ? with nearly 170 of those based in Birmingham, UK, and the rest based in Singapore. Motorola will integrate the engineers into its Mobile Devices business while preserving the team's focus on designing solutions that enable wireless operators to deliver value-added services to consumers. In addition to the engineers, with today's transaction Motorola is acquiring the team's design and test equipment and will acquire Sendo?s entire intellectual property portfolio ? including 50 existing and 40 pending patents.
"Motorola is thrilled to welcome the Sendo research and development team and their proven expertise in designing solutions for wireless operators," said Ron Garriques, president of Motorola Mobile Devices. "With Motorola, this team will have a chance to flourish and help transform the way people experience mobile communications. Motorola has had tremendous success in Europe over the last 18 months ? particularly because of our commitment to helping customers deliver value-added services. We're going to keep up the momentum ? and this team will be a vital part of that."
Founded by CEO Hugh Brogan in 2000, Sendo Telecommunications Ltd. created a niche for itself by designing and delivering low-cost, highly customized mobile handsets for wireless operators. During 2004, the company sold approximately 5 million handsets and had more than $420 million in revenue; however, today, Wednesday, 29 June 2005, the privately held company went into administration due to financial pressures.
Under the agreement, Motorola is not acquiring the larger business of Sendo Ltd. or any of its manufacturing or supply relationships, or any of its capital or real assets, handset inventories, sales offices, liabilities or financial obligations.