Most NetSuite shareholders back acquisition

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Oracle offered to buy NetSuite in July for $109 a share to respond to challenges from rival enterprise software companies.
Oracle offered to buy NetSuite in July for $109 a share to respond to challenges from rival enterprise software companies.

Oracle said on Saturday its proposed $9.3 billion acquisition of cloud storage company NetSuite will move forward after more than half of eligible NetSuite shareholders backed the bid.

Oracle said in a statement that holders of 53% of unaffiliated NetSuite shares agreed to tender their shares by a Friday deadline. The deal will be completed today, Oracle said.

Oracle offered to buy NetSuite in July for $109 a share to respond to challenges from rival enterprise software companies such as Workday and Salesforce.com that have popular cloud-based software products.

Investment manager T Rowe Price, NetSuite's second-largest shareholder behind Oracle executive chairman Larry Ellison, had objected that Oracle's offer was too low and said it would not tender its shares. T Rowe sent a letter last week to Oracle suggesting the company raise its offer to $133 per share.

As of July, T Rowe owned 12.2 million NetSuite shares.

NetSuite shares went on a rollercoaster ride ahead of Oracle's Friday offer deadline. On Thursday, NetSuite shares jumped by more than 6% before trading was temporarily halted. NetSuite shares fell 3.8% on Friday to close at $90.34.

According to terms of the Oracle agreement, a majority of NetSuite's 40.8 million unaffiliated shares, or shares not tied to Ellison and other insiders, had to be tendered to complete the deal.

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