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JMP Says Another Buyer For Salesforce.com Could Be Google

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JMP Says Another Buyer For Salesforce.com Could Be Google
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In a report published Wednesday, JMP Securities maintained a Market Outperform rating on salesforce.com inc (NYSE: CRM), with a price target of $75.

There is a news report about Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) evaluating a bid for salesforce.com. The news report added that the cloud software company had also been approached by another prospective buyer. The analysts believe that the “other would-be buyer” is most likely Google Inc (NASDAQ: GOOG) (rated Market Outperform, PT $625).

Referring to various prospective bidders, the report said that while Microsoft is considering a purchase, Oracle Corporation (NYSE: ORCL) is "less likely" and SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) may not be considering it.

The report outlined why Google could be bidding for salesforce.com:

  • The company had $65B in cash and marketable securities as of March 31, 2015.
  • The acquisition would help Google become more relevant in the enterprise and would offer significant synergies in the SMB market.
  • Google already has a strong track record of integrating acquisitions.
  • Significant opportunity to integrate Google’s core search business (which has displayed slowing growth) with sales and marketing automation solutions from salesforce.com.
  • salesforce.com’s Platform-as-a-Service business would help Google compete against Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Amazon Web Services. Amazon appears to be on a competitive “collision course” with Google, in our view.
  • Both Google and salesforce.com find a place in the Fortune’s 2015 edition of “100 Best Companies to Work For,” while Oracle, Microsoft and SAP are not ranked. So a possible deal between Google and salesforce.com would mean a better culture fit.
  • Google’s recently hired CFO Ruth Porat was with Morgan Stanley since 1987 and Morgan Stanley took salesforce.com public in 2004.

The report also outlined why Google would not buy salesforce.com:

  • As of March 31, 2015, roughly $37B of Google’s cash was held by foreign subsidiaries.
  • This deal would represent Google’s largest acquisition by far.
  • Google is primarily a business-to-consumer company, while salesforce.com is primarily a business-to-business company.
  • Google may find it difficult to consider the largest acquisition in its history before its new CFO settles in.

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