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Google is promoting synergy (like a boss).  (Source: NBC)
Surprisingly, Google says that cash and "goodwill" were also big drivers

Google Inc. (GOOGsurprised the tech world last year with its decision to scoop up struggling veteran devicemaker Motorola Mobility, Inc. -- one of the "big three" of the Android world.  Some figured that Motorola's "war chest" of over 17,000 patents amounted to nearly the entire $12.5B USD valuation Google made in its successful purchase bid.

Traditionally, Google did not look to patent its software innovation at the same pace as rivals Apple, Inc. (AAPL).  With a lawsuit from Oracle Corp. (ORCL) directly targeting Google and with Apple turning up the lawsuit pressure on OEMs, many felt Google needed to buy the patents to defend itself and its partners.

But in newly released regulatory filings Google says the patents represented less than half the valuation.

Google's breakdown of Motorola's worth is as follows:
  • Patents:     $5.5B USD 
  • Cash:         $2.9B USD
  • Goodwill:   $2.6B USD
  • Customers:   $730M USD
  • Other:           $670M USD
For those curious what exactly Google means by "goodwill", the company elaborates slightly that it is "primarily attributed to the synergies expected to arise after the acquisition."

However, Google has left just about everyone in the dark as to exactly what those "synergies" might be.  During its earnings call, it did not discuss its long-term strategy or plan for Motorola.

Google completed the acquisition in May, after Chinese regulators finally stopped dragging their heels on approval.   U.S. and European antitrust regulators approved the acquisition months before.

One thing is for sure; whatever Google's secret "synergies" may be, they have yet to take hold.  Motorola Mobility made $1.25B USD in revenue in the second calendar quarter, but lost $233M USD, once operating expenses were taken into account.  Google still managed to earn $2.79B USD, though, despite that hardship.

Source: WSJ



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RE: Really?
By zephyrprime on 7/26/2012 11:57:07 AM , Rating: 2
I really doubt that Google gives a rat's ass about the Motorola name and I don't think they are even going to keep the Motorola brand around. There's more to good will that just good name. The goodwill value of Motorola is their business capacity to design and manufacture phones and tablets. The assembly lines are just commodity machines and are only worth so much but the human capital and organizational value of a working company that can design and build whatever is what makes any company valuable.


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