Opera与中国财团调整出售条款 交易额降至5.75亿美元

在此前达成的更广泛协议未能获得监管部门的批准后,Opera已同意将视频压缩和VPN业务从出售给中国财团的网络浏览器业务中剔除。Opera同时宣布,双方已同意将这笔交易的企业价值从此前的6亿美元调低到5.75亿美元。上月,中国财团斥资12亿美元全盘收购Opera的交易宣布失败,原因是未能获得监管部门的批准。

中国财团成员包括安全软件公司奇虎360、网络游戏公司北京昆仑万维科技以及私募股权公司金砖丝路基金管理(深圳)公司。

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。

根据最新达成的协议,交易将不包含Opera的Skyfire软件和SurfEasy业务。Skyfire软件能够缩小视频的体积以适应可用的带宽。SurfEasy则能够提供VPN网络,保护用户的在线身份信息并解封网站。

现在,中国财团将收购Opera旗舰产品移动浏览器和桌面浏览器,除Opera电视业务之外的技术授权以及Opera在中国合资企业nHorizon持有的29.09%股份。

Opera称,这笔交易预计将在今年第三季度末完成。

Opera股价周二在奥斯陆交易所早盘交易中上涨1.87%。

http://www.wsj.com/articles/opera-software-retunes-sale-terms-with-chinese-buyers-1471338500

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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