Opera与中国财团调整出售条款 交易额降至5.75亿美元



中国财团对于Opera业务的收购再次表明了中国对于欧洲科技公司的兴趣。今年早些时候,腾讯控股收购了芬兰游戏开发商Supercell Oy,美的集团收购了德国机器人制造商库卡。






Opera Software Retunes Sale Terms With Chinese Buyers

Earlier, broader deal fell foul of regulators

Opera Software has agreed to keep some assets out of a transaction to sell its web browser business to a Chinese consortium.ENLARGE
Opera Software has agreed to keep some assets out of a transaction to sell its web browser business to a Chinese consortium. PHOTO:EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

Opera Software ASA agreed to exclude its video-compression and virtual private network business from the sale of the Oslo-based company’s internet browser to a Chinese consortium after earlier failing to secure regulatory approval for a broader deal.

In exchange, the parties agreed to reduce the enterprise value of the deal to $575 million from $600 million, Opera said.

The amended deal follows the collapse last month of the consortium’s earlier $1.2 billion bid for the entire company after the parties failed to obtain regulatory clearance. Opera hasn’t disclosed which regulator blocked the deal and why, but approval was pending in the U.S. and China.

The Chinese consortium includes security-software firm Qihoo 360 Technology Co., online-game company Beijing Kunlun Tech Co. and private-equity firm Golden Brick Silk Road Fund Management (Shenzhen) LLP.

The consortium’s bid is the just latest sign of Chinese interest in European technology companies, including internet giant Tencent Holding Ltd.’s acquisition of Finnish games editor Supercell Oy and Midea Group’s takeover of german robot maker Kuka AG earlier this year.

In the Opera deal, the transaction would now exclude Opera’s Skyfire software, which reduces the size of videos to fit available bandwidth, as well as its SurfEasy business, which provides a virtual private network, or VPN, to protect users’ online identities and unlock websites.

The Chinese group would acquire Opera’s mobile and desktop browser which are the Norwegian company’s flagship products, technology licensing outside of Opera TV and Opera’s 29.09% stake in Chinese joint venture nHorizon.

Opera said it still expects the transaction to close late in the third quarter this year.

Opera shares were 1.87% higher in early morning trading in Oslo.

Write to Matthias Verbergt at Matthias.Verbergt@wsj.com

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