Xerox to Acquire ACS for $6.4 Billion

The deals keep coming in the IT services sector. Xerox Corp. has agreed to buy Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) for $6.4 billion, the companies said today. The announcement follows Dell’s $3.9 billion deal to buy Perot Systems and the 2008 mega-merger in which HP acquired EDS for $13.9 billion. All three of the acquired firms were based in the Dallas area.

ACS, which is a leader in business process outsourcing and countsmore than 1,700 federal, state, county and local government agencies among its customers. ACS has 74,000 employees in 500 locations around the globe, and its operations include 13 data centers.

Xerox will pay $18.60 a share in cash and 4.935 Xerox shares for every Affiliated Computer share, amounting to about $63.11, based on closing prices as of Sept. 25. Xerox also will assume about $2 billion in Affiliated Computer’s debt.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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