Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Zebra completes $3.45 billion takeover of Motorola enterprise business

Iain Morris
October 29, 2014

Zebra Technologies says it has completed its takeover of Motorola Solutions’ enterprise business for $3.45 billion in cash.

The deal – which was announced in April – is aimed at strengthening Zebra’s portfolio of services for tracking internet-enabled devices.

The Motorola (Schaumberg, IL, USA) enterprise business makes rugged devices, tablets and barcode scanners and Zebra (Lincolnshire, IL, USA) believes that by combining these with its own technology it will be able to bolster its position in several sectors – including retail, transportation and logistics, and manufacturing – that make use of asset tracking and Internet of Things offerings.

“This transformative acquisition creates one company with unparalleled capabilities and leading global brands in our industry,” said Anders Gustafsson, Zebra’s chief executive. “Our scope and scale make us a more strategic business partner to our customers.”

“We are well positioned to serve our businesses with solutions and services that help them achieve greater visibility for better enterprise asset intelligence,” he added. “Together, we can provide the building blocks of Internet of Things solutions, as customers worldwide increasingly take advantage of data analytics and mobility to improve business performance.”

The transaction will see around 4,500 Motorola Solutions employees move to Zebra.

Zebra said the combined organization would have about 20,000 channel partners in more than 100 countries, as well as approximately 4,300 US and international patents.

It says the deal will allow it to offer shareholders and customers a range of benefits, including specialty printing and asset-tracking solutions and services, a stronger combined platform with multiple growth opportunities, and a new and comprehensive product, technology and IP portfolio.

Zebra also expects to gain a leadership position in certain next-generation technology areas, including public safety LTE, as well as a brand it describes as “unrivalled”.

The sale leaves Motorola with only its government and public safety businesses, as well as the iDEN products portfolio – which forms a part of the enterprise business but is not included as part of the transaction.
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