PeopleSoft's JD Edwards acquisition adds $1bn to Oracle's bill

The price that Oracle will have to pay to acquire PeopleSoft has risen by $1bn to $7.5bn following PeopleSoft's acquisition of JD...

The price that Oracle will have to pay to acquire PeopleSoft has risen by $1bn to $7.5bn following PeopleSoft's acquisition of JD Edwards.

Oracle said it is sticking to its $19.50 purchase offer for each PeopleSoft share, and calculated that there are an extra 53 million shares outstanding as a result of PeopleSoft's agreement to buy JD Edwards.

"Neither the completion of the JD Edwards exchange offer nor the subsequent second-step merger will change the effectiveness of our offer," Oracle said in a filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday.

"Former JD Edwards stockholders who receive PeopleSoft shares ... will be able to participate in our offer by tendering their shares in the same manner as any other PeopleSoft stockholders."

Oracle said it has about $6.5bn of cash and other liquid assets on hand, and has been promised a $5bn credit facility by Credit Suisse First Boston. Oracle will, therefore, have enough funds to pay for the PeopleSoft acquisition wholly in cash.

Oracle also said it expected to extend its 15 August expiry date for the offer, effectively until it has won control of PeopleSoft.

"We expect that the offer will be extended until the principal conditions to the offer ... are satisfied," Oracle said in the filing.

Those conditions include that the number of shares held by Oracle and its subsidiaries, plus shares validly tendered and not withdrawn under the offer "represents at least a majority of the total number of shares outstanding on a fully diluted basis", Oracle said.

David Legard writes for IDG News Service

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