Lawson On The Block?
March 9, 2011
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For years we’ve heard the rumors. IBM is going to buy Lawson. Oracle is going to buy Lawson. HP is going to buy Lawson.
I haven’t seen this much excitement since Lawson’s acquisition of Intentia or perhaps when Carl Icahn took a stake in Lawson. Never one to pass up an opportunity to raise the noise level, I will do my best to continue to provide coverage of any exciting developments, and ask for your feedback–so please post a comment.
The Rumor Mill
No, it’s not Charlie Sheen. What has everyone so excited is rumors (perhaps unsubstantiated) reported by Reuters that Lawson has retained Barclay’s Capital to “explore their options”.
Folks, this time I won’t say “no, Lawson isn’t going away”. But please, do back away from the edge. Take a deep calming breath.
If I was a gamblin’ man
And I’m not, at least when it comes to stocks and finance. Several have even suggested that perhaps I should round up some investors and make a play for the company. Not happening.
But I think this might be Lawson’s time. The Lawson brothers have all but retired, and have little (financial) interest anymore. The enterprise software market continues to consolidate. The time is right for a deal.
Expect the Unexpected
But I’m thinking it might not be what anyone expects—and they have it backwards. Look for Lawson not to be sold, but to acquire a competitor. So, look not at….not at IBM, not at Oracle, but Infor. Yes, you heard it hear first.