In a deal worth an estimated $10.3 billion, Oracle announced today that "PeopleSoft's board had agreed to a deal valuing PeopleSoft at $26.50 per share, higher than Oracle's "final bid" of $24, and a roughly 10 percent premium over PeopleSoft's closing price Friday."
The deal, which is expected to finalise at the end of January next year, should add about 1 cent per share to Oracle's bottom line starting in the fourth quarter of its fiscal year, and 2 cents per quarter 2006. Oracle plans to retain staff from PeopleSoft, including senior engineers and many others who will be needed to help roll out an upgrade to PeopleSoft 8 and a release of PeopleSoft 9.
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