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SAP Buys Business Intelligence Firm

11:27 AM MDT | October 8, 2007 | Esther D'Amico

SAP says it plans to acquire Business Objects (Paris), a business intelligence software firm, in a deal worth about €4.8 billion ($6.78 billion). The deal is pending regulatory and Business Objects’ shareholder approval, and is expected to close in first-quarter 2008. The transaction is not expected to result in “significant” restructuring, and it is expected to be accretive to SAP’s EPS on a U.S. GAAP basis starting in 2009, SAP says. Business Objects will operate as a stand-alone unit of SAP. John Schwarz will continue as the...

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