Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Cray have announced that the companies have entered into a definitive agreement under which HPE will acquire Cray for $35.00 per share in cash, in a transaction valued at approximately $1.3 billion, net of cash. “The main reason why we decided to pursue this acquisition is that the data around us is exploding,” Says HPE CEO Antonio Neri. “That data has value and the need to process that data faster continues to grow.”
Reason For Acquiring Cray – Data Around Us is Exploding
I’m super excited about the announcement today. The main reason why we decided to pursue this acquisition is that the data around us is exploding. That data has value and the need to process that data faster continues to grow. The need for high-performance computing is one element of processing that data faster. The combination of great technologies with Hewlett Packard Enterprise portfolio, which include both HPE Apollo and SGI, give us a unique set of capabilities to get us to the right business outcome from the data. What we are talking about is (improved outcomes) for machine learning, AI, as well as big data and intensive workloads. Cray brings these capabilities.
Cray has two-thirds of its business coming from the government side and one-third from the commercial side. Hewlett Packard Enterprise is the opposite with two-thirds from the commercial side and one-third from the government side. Obviously, the government has already requested for Cray to build Exascale computing. That’s on the basis of the foundation technologies that Cray has developed for some time which is what we call the interconnect fabric. For us, that level of innovation is important to scale our portfolio and continue to enter new markets like oil and gas, manufacturing, as well as academia.
Thirteen Acquisitions Under CEO – All Very Successful
I have done now thirteen acquisitions with this one. We have had an incredible discipline based on return on invested capital where we have acquired (important) intellectual property as well as bringing talent to the organization. Each of them has been very successful including Aruba Networks as well as what I call the SGI acquisition, Nimble Storage, and so forth. They have all been very successful.
When you think about the type of business it has obviously been a little bit lumpy on the Cray side but that’s because it takes time to build the systems with CAPEX upfront and then acceptance for the backend to recognize revenue. We believe the combinational of Cray added to our scale which is significantly larger will smooth the transition from the revenue profit perspective. It will also limit the CAPEX investment because both companies have similar capabilities and now we can use both in a scalable way that we couldn’t do before.