EMC Corporation is one of the biggest server storage companies in the world with a market cap of about $25 billion. Data Domain offers similar services but at a much smaller scale. Last week NetApp made a bid to buy out Data Domain for $1.5 billion in cash and stock. EMC one upped NetApp by offering $1.8 billion in cash today.
Data Domain’s stock is trading at about $26.35, giving the company a market cap of $1.61 billion. EMC made a bid for Data Domain after the stock market closed. After the bid announcement, Data Domain’s stock price surged to above $30 during after hours trading.
?Strategically, this combination will further enhance our ability to broaden EMC?s best-in-class storage portfolio for the benefit of EMC and Data Domain customers and this, in turn, will accelerate EMC?s top- and bottom-line growth rates,? stated EMC CEO, Joe Tucci. ?Our substantially superior proposal is a win-win for both companies.?
NetApp is a smaller company than EMC. NetApp’s market cap is about $6.84 billion.