IBM in talks with Lenovo over x86 server business sale
Roshan Ashraf Shaikh / 3 years ago
IBM is looking forward to having the Chinese based PC maker Lenovo as it plans to sell off its system x server business for $5 Billion to $6 Billion. IBM is selling away their business division which sells low cost x86 servers usually used by corporate data centers.
Lenovo and Apple are the only computer companies that have been having consistent growth even during the first quarter of 2013 where everyone has been observing dramatic decline in PC Sales. Lenovo currently has overtaken Dell’s #2 spot in PC market share and plans to overtake HP to become the world’s largest PC marker. Lenovo did have the #1 title for a brief moment in Q3 2012, as pointed out by IDC.
Since Lenovo is doing well in Consumer PC business, having a low cost x86 business server unit will help the company to get an advantage to compete with HP and Dell who are well established in that business.
IBM recently as announced disappointing earning during Q1 2013 with a 1% profit decline and because of it they’ve missed the financial forecasts by $1.3 Billion.
Lenovo did admit that there are negotions going on, but it did avoid mentioning IBM’s name Lenovo recently mentioend it in their clarification announcement to stockholders that,”[Lenovo] is in preliminary negotiations with a third party in connection with a potential acquisition”, adding that “no material terms concerning the Potential Acquisition have been agreed and the Company has not entered into any definitive agreement.”