SAP plans to acquire Qualtrics for USD eight billion
Walldorf — Walldorf-based software giant SAP plans to acquire all outstanding shares of Qualtrics for eight billion U.S. dollars in cash. The boards of SAP and Qualtrics have approved the transaction. Qualtrics’ shareholders have also already approved the acquisition.
To cover the purchase price and acquisition-related costs, SAP says it has secured financing of seven billion euros. The syndicated loan is being arranged by US bank J.P. Morgan, with legal advice from Hengeler Mueller.
Goodwin Procter, Jones Day and Allen & Overy as well as Hengeler are providing legal advice on the billion-dollar deal.
According to a report in the Handelsblatt, it is the largest acquisition SAP has made to date. The price SAP is offering exceeds 20 times Qualtrics’ revenue. Jones Day and Allen & Overy advised the company on the transaction; Allen & Overy was responsible for financing issues.
Qualtrics specializes in experience management software; the company collects, manages and analyzes data that enables companies to measure, for example, customer and employee satisfaction. The company was advised on the acquisition by a U.S. team from the Goodwin law firm. Prior to the announcement of the acquisition by SAP, Qualtrics was scheduled to complete an initial public offering of its common stock shortly. Goodwin also advised the company on this.
The acquisition is expected to be completed in the first half of 2019.