The wheeling and dealing has become so fast and furious, that we’ve upped the frequency of our M&A wrap-ups.
In the past, we’ve summed up 12 key mergers and acquisitions impacting the channel in a bimonthly roundup. But the M&A activity is now so hectic that we’ll update you monthly when warranted. And believe us, this month, it’s warranted!
In January alone, we reported on 21 different mergers and acquisitions — whether they be just-announced, closing or fighting for regulatory approval. We’ve whittled that list down to a baker’s dozen updates of which channel partners should be aware.
Here you will find the latest on Windstream-EarthLink and CenturyLink-Level 3, as well as new announcements from PGi, Datto and HPE — not to mention a rumor circling about Verizon and a major cable company. We’ve got it all covered in this one-stop shop.
Looking for more M&A? Click here to see what was happening in the last two months of 2016.
Windstream’s acquisition of EarthLink cleared a federal antitrust hurdle and is now set for consideration by the Federal Communications Commission.
The communications giant told Channel Partners that the companies continue to work together to finalize plans for combining to “ensure a smooth transition for customers.”
No one voiced a formal objection during the antitrust comment period. The merger is expected to close in the first half of this year.
Read our article analyzing the acquisition.
Verizon reportedly is looking at ways to merge with Charter Communications, potentially continuing the trend of multibillion-dollar telecom-cable consolidation.
“People familiar with the matter” told the Wall Street Journal that Lowell McAdam, Verizon’s CEO, made a preliminary approach to officials close to Charter, and the company is working with advisers to study a potential transaction.
Read additional analysis here.
Incompas, the industry association formerly known as COMPTEL, raised concerns about CenturyLink’s proposed purchase of Level 3 Communications, saying it could decrease competition and slow development of innovative fiber infrastructure.
The Federal Communications Commission is reviewing the merger, which is anticipated to close on Sept. 30.
Read about the potential impact of the acquisition.
On a smaller scale, CenturyLink acquired SEAL Consulting, an SAP solutions provider.
CenturyLink said the acquisition enhances its application-transformation capabilities and increases its dedication to the SAP ecosystem.
Read the full announcement from CenturyLink.
Datto announced plans to buy cloud-based networking provider Open Mesh in a deal it says will give MSPs the most comprehensive portfolio of data-protection solutions.
Datto is launching a networking line that Open Mesh Ethernet switching and access-point technologies will complement. Open Mesh, which currently has 28 employees, will operate as a Datto company.
Read more about the acquisition.
Workspace-as-a-service platform provider CloudJumper acquired a competitor’s IT services business unit that will expand the company’s channel with more than 50 MSPs and ISVs.
The name of the seller and price of the transaction were not disclosed, but both the seller and CloudJumper are IndependenceIT partners.
Learn more about CloudJumper’s purchase.
HPE is acquiring Cloud Cruiser, a provider of cloud-consumption analytics software. The company already is a key component of HPE’s Flexible Capacity business as it currently licenses Cloud Cruiser’s offerings in its Flexible Capacity service.
HPE also made a $650 million bid for SimpliVity, a provider of software-defined, hyperconverged infrastructure, a move that HPE says is in line with its strategy to strengthen its position in the hyperconverged market, estimated to reach about $6 billion by 2020.
A JPMorgan analyst said that while a Verizon-Comcast merger won’t happen, Sprint and T-Mobile may pair up eventually.
Philip Cusick also said a deal combining Verizon with Charter Communications (referenced earlier in this gallery) also is unlikely.
Check out our article about the speculation.
Clearlake Capital Group completed its acquisition of LANDESK, merging it with HEAT Software to create a new company dubbed Ivanti.
Ivanti will help IT organizations balance user requirements as they secure data and assets.
Read more about the merger.
StorageCraft, the data backup and disaster-recovery provider, acquired Exablox, which produces flash and HDD-based, scale-out NAS storage using an object storage architecture.
The acquisition provides current and future customers of the combined company with a “complete and competitive” family of enterprise products for analyzing, protecting and storing information, according to StorageCraft.
Read about StorageCraft’s purchase.
Collaboration vendor PGi says its newly announced acquisition of ReadyTalk, the cloud communications provider, fits in well with its plans to “leverage carriers.”
The companies said they expect the transaction to close by the end of January. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, which became final on Feb. 7.
Get details on the PGI-ReadyTalk deal.