Salesforce Acquires Slack

Issue 47

11.30.20 - Salesforce has agreed to a deal to buy Slack, with the deal expected to be announced Tuesday after markets close. The deal is expected to be about half cash and half stock and will price Slack at a premium. Salesforce is set to report quarterly earnings on Tuesday. Slack’s market cap was more than $24 billion as of Monday morning.

Shares of Slack rose about 4% on the news, while Salesforce shares were down more than 3%. Talks between the two companies were first reported last week, sending Slack’s stock soaring nearly 38%.

Salesforce has made several large acquisitions in recent years, including its $6.5 billion deal for MuleSoft in 2018 and its $15.3 billion deal with data visualization company Tableau. The deal with Slack could become one of the largest in the software sector. IBM bought Red Hat for $34 billion in 2019 and Microsoft purchased LinkedIn for $27 billion in 2016.

The deal could also make Slack a more serious competitor to Microsoft’s Teams communication product. Slack filed a complaint against Microsoft with the European Commission this summer, alleging it abused its dominant market position to eliminate competition for Teams. Microsoft has said Teams has benefited during the pandemic from videoconferencing capabilities that Slack lacks.

Source: Wall Street Journal