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By | Kelly Fiveash 28th September 2009 13:09

Xerox barges into services with $6.4bn ACS buy

A copy cat acquisition

Copier giant Xerox plans to buy US outsourcing and data centre management giant Affiliated Computer Services Inc (ACS) for $6.4bn in a cash and stock deal.

The company announced its "game-changing" acquisition proposal today.

Xerox said it would cough up 4.935 of its shares and $18.60 in cash for each share of Dallas-based ACS, which totals $63.11 per share based on Friday's closing price.

Following the acquisition, the firm's boss Ursula Burns expects to see revenue from services to triple to around $10bn next year, compared with $3.5bn in 2008.

It will take on ACS's debt of $2bn and issue $300m of convertible preferred stock to the company's Class B shareholder.

"ACS will operate as an independent organisation and initially will be branded ACS, a Xerox Company. It will be led by Lynn Blodgett [ACS CEO], who will report to Ursula Burns," said the photocopier maker.

It added that the buyout would catapult the firm's value to a $22bn global powerhouse following the deal, which is expected to complete in the first quarter of 2010.

Xerox's planned buyout of ACS marks the latest in a series of multi-billion dollar services mergers made by tech giants in the past year.

Earlier this month Dell confirmed plans to scoop up Texas-based Perot Systems for $3.9bn.

Last year Hewlett-Packard bought EDS for $13.9bn. Just last week, it ditched the firm's brand altogether to underpin its successful takeover of the outsourcing giant that, like Perot Services, was founded by two-time US presidential candidate Ross Perot. ®

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