Microsoft to acquire LinkedIn for $26.2 billion
Microsoft is to buy LinkedIn in a deal valued at $26.2 billion, it was announced today on the Microsoft blog.
The markets have already reacted to the news, with LinkedIn shares surging by 48% following the announcement.
This isn’t the first time Microsoft has shown an interest in buying LinkedIn. Before LinkedIn’s IPO in 2011, there were apparently several rounds of talks, with the last offer being worth around $2 billion.
But, for only $24 billion more, Microsoft has finally made the deal.
According to Microsoft, it’s an all-cash transaction under which LinkedIn will “retain its distinct brand, culture and independence.”
Jeff Weiner will remain CEO of LinkedIn, reporting to Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. Reid Hoffman, chairman of the board, co-founder and controlling shareholder of LinkedIn, and Weiner both fully support this transaction. The transaction is expected to close this calendar year.
Microsoft points at some impressive figures around LinkedIn’s user growth:
Here’s Jeff Weiner’s take on the deal. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner discuss the deal in this video: