On January 29, 2014, Lenovo agreed to acquire Motorola Mobility from Google for $2.9 billion.
This webpage provides a range of background and information about the transaction, and will be updated on a regular basis.
July 17 statement from Lenovo Chairman and CEO, Yuanqing Yang on Motorola's recent momentum:
"Motorola is winning in the market, and their recent results show why they can be such a strong growth engine for Lenovo once our acquisition is approved. Their recent product launches have been successful. Their performance is even stronger than expected. And this is the perfect time for Lenovo to acquire this business and accelerate our own global mobile growth. Once our acquisition is complete, we will be able to bring more innovative products to more consumers around the world – and we will be able to build on the momentum Motorola has built in the market."
Yuanqing Yang, Chairman and CEO, Lenovo
July 17, 2014
Lenovo Statement on EU Approval of Motorola Transaction
"We can confirm the information on the EU website (http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEX-14-0627_en.htm) is accurate. We are pleased with our progress as we continue to work through the necessary regulatory clearances."
Select Media Coverage:
- Forbes: Lenovo Was Right to buy Motorola – Just Look at ThinkPad
- CNBC: Lenovo President: Want to Get Bigger in Mobile Devices
- Chicago Sun-Times: Lenovo sees big upside in Motorola Mobility
- Triangle Business Journal: Analyst: Lenovo is on a Roll
- Bloomberg TV: Lenovo Aims to Grow Motorola Revenue Significantly
- Bloomberg: Lenovo's Yang to End Losses at Motorola in Six Quarters
- Bloomberg: Lenovo's Transactions Show Global Ambition
- Crain's Chicago Business: Lenovo Keeps Moto in the Game, but Odds of Victory are Long
- Triangle Business Journal: McCrory envisions bright future for Lenovo
- Triangle Business Journal: YY's Next Move
- Crain's Chicago Business: Why Lenovo's Moto bid is looking smarter
- Forbes: How Lenovo Can Turn Liabilities Into Assets
- Search IT Channel: At Lenovo partner conference, company preps partners for IBM, Motorola buys
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"I wouldn't want to be selling Android boxes when Lenovo enters the U.S. smartphone market with the Motorola brand."
Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune
July 10, 2014
"There are a lot of parallels here"…"Lenovo was strong in its home country in PCs, but the IBM buy gave them a global brand and a lot of access. In buying Motorola, they are buying a major brand, and a company that has established relationships with carriers."
Frank Gillett, Forrester Research Analyst
February 1, 2014
"It's a better deal for Motorola…Instead of a software maker controlling a hardware maker, it's a hardware maker controlling them…Lenovo has a successful track record of growing IBM's PC business globally."
Neil Mawston, Strategy Analytics Analyst
January 20, 2014
"But make no mistake Lenovo is now a major player and it is noticeable Google has taken $750m of Lenovo stock options as part of the Motorola sale. If history tells us anything, it is Google rarely backs a loser…"
Gordon Kelly, Forbes Contributor
February 12, 2014
"We expect Yang can turn this into a profitable company in two years' time"…"Yang has a very good track record of acquiring non-profitable businesses and turning them to profit."
Ricky Lai, Guotai Junan Securities Analyst
February 1, 2014
"Do not underestimate Lenovo"…"Lenovo could replicate their success in PCs, particularly at the low end of smartphones."
Mark Moskowitz, JPMorgan Analyst
February 1, 2014
"It makes strategic sense for both Google and Lenovo…It will give Lenovo a strong brand in the mobile space outside of China that they don't have today, and it gives them deep operator relationships with AT&T and Verizon. And for Google, they're able to focus on the services side, which is what they're best at, and retain the patent holdings."
Andrew Costello, IBB Consulting Principal
January 29, 2014
"If there was a Chinese company that was well-positioned to see this deal come off, it's Lenovo…They've done the dance before and they know what the steps are."
Jim Lewis, CSIS
January 31, 2014
"Lenovo was strong in its home country in PCs, but the IBM buy gave them a global brand and a lot of access…In buying Motorola, they are buying a major brand, and a company that has established relationships with carriers"…the Motorola buy "puts Lenovo in position to have leading offerings in smartphones, tablets, and PCs — a vital trifecta that no other global manufacturer has — besides Apple."
Frank Gillett, Forrester Research
January 30, 2014