Jive – einer der führenden Anbieter von Enterprise Social Networks, sozialer Kollaborationsoftware für Unternehmen und einer der Marktbegleiter von IBM Connections – wird übernommen.
Jive Software kicked off its JiveWorld conference this morning with a surprise announcement: ESW Capital has acquired the enterprise collaboration provider for $462 million in cash.
The move confirms what many analysts had predicted for Jive in the last few years: a buyout for a company whose value peaked at $1.7 billion in April, 2012 but has fallen to south of $500 million.
The Austin-based investment firm plans to bring Jive under its Aurea portfolio of companies. The acquisition will take Palo Alto-based Jive off the publicly-traded rolls and into the private sector again.
Jive, which had 595 employees as of its February annual report, reported a record $204.1 million in revenue for the year ending Dec. 31, 2016. However, this comes less than a year after Jive reduced its workforce 14 percent, laying off about 100 employees in a „realignment“ last May.
Über eine Übernahme von Jive wurde schon sehr lange spekuliert.