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The deal includes cash and stock

Rumors started surfacing early this month that Google was looking to shed the Motorola Home business division after its purchase of Motorola Mobility. Google's goal was to help focus its Motorola Mobility holdings on smartphones and tablets. Motorola announced this week that it has now entered into an agreement to sell off the Home business to a company called Arris.

Arris is paying Google $2.35 billion in cash and stock and the transaction has been approved by the Board of Directors for both companies. The acquisition is on a cash-free, debt-free basis.

The agreement will see Google receiving $2.05 billion in cash and approximately $300 million in newly issued Arris stock shares. The deal is subject to certain adjustments provided for in the agreement and will result in Google owning 15.7% interest in Arris after the deal closes.

Arris says that the purchase of Motorola Home will give it a global presence with over 500 customers in 70 countries. The company also plans to offer a wide array of products and solutions encompassing the full spectrum of broadband content and service providers.

Sources: Motorola Mobility, Arris [PDF]

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By Tapuziel on 12/20/12, Rating: 0
RE: Arris?
By morgan12x on 12/20/2012 10:00:56 AM , Rating: 3
They're one of the bigger players in the cable TV headend equipment arena. I also see a lot of their stuff deployed in telecom gateways for routing and such. I would assume this aquisition is part of a larger strategy to produce CPE to go with their headend equipment. That way they can sell a whole package type system.

RE: Arris?
By StevoLincolnite on 12/20/2012 10:03:32 AM , Rating: 2
RE: Arris?
By DanNeely on 12/20/2012 10:06:33 AM , Rating: 2
They're a company that provides telecoms hardware to cable companies. Last year they had just over a billion dollars in revenue; and are on track for about $1.3bn this year.

Buying Motorola's modem division will help them diversify their customer base. It was reported elsewhere that currently their two biggest customers are responsible for half of their revenue; after the deal goes through it will take their 5 biggest customers to reach the same 50% threshold.

RE: Arris?
By Tapuziel on 12/20/2012 2:01:36 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, I too can Google.

I just couldn't resist the song reference.

Google TV
By icrf on 12/20/2012 10:45:15 AM , Rating: 2
I really thought the Motorola purchase made sense because of the Mobility division for the obvious Android device manufacturer and patents, but also because of the Home division as an established target for Google TV products. I guess the MVPD partners would push back so hard against something that allows an alternative to their hundred dollar monthly subscriptions that it's not worth attempting?

RE: Google TV
By othercents on 12/20/2012 12:51:09 PM , Rating: 2
I think this is more of an effort to keep Google from being the hardware vendor for products. They continue to keep making the effort to bring the Google branded products from different vendors other than Motorola. This doesn't mean that the set-top boxes won't move towards the Google TV brand. Hopefully they do, so that they can add more options like Netflix, web-browsing, youtube, etc. on the set-top boxes provided by vendors.

RE: Google TV
By DanNeely on 12/20/2012 1:34:10 PM , Rating: 2
OTOH Having predicted Google would unload Moto's home division from the start I feel vindicated. Cable boxes and modems are low margin commodity businesses whose purchasing is dominated by the cable companies themselves. The idea of them leasing boxes that would make it easier to bypass their walled garden video services was absurd.

By jjlj on 12/20/2012 12:22:54 PM , Rating: 2
I was hoping Google tv would show yup on Motorola cable boxes and the hardware would have been upgraded, faster cpu better graphics etc. I haven't had a motorola cable box in years but it sucked compared to dish network boxes. I now use WMC as my dvr with a cable card tuner.

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