Should Oracle Be Forced to Pay More for Acme Packet?

Hopes of a bidding war for Acme Packet (UNKNOWN: APKT.DL  ) are fading fast. The stock is now trading below Oracle's (NYSE: ORCL  ) $29.25 a share offer, which was made at the beginning of February. At least one investor thinks the database king should be forced to pay more.

In a lawsuit filed in a Delaware court, Willard Love accuses Acme Packet's board of failing in their fiduciary duty to procure a fair offer for shareholders. Specifically, Love says that Oracle's bid comes at an "opportune time," with Acme's otherwise well-positioned business weakened by spending cuts among the carriers that are its primary customers.

Is that a fair assessment? Is Oracle getting Acme Packet on the cheap, or taking a risk buying a business that has yet to demonstrate a sustainable edge? Tim Beyers of Motley Fool Rule Breakers and Motley Fool Supernova addresses these questions and more in the video below. Please watch, and then be sure to leave a comment to let us know what you think.

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  • Report this Comment On March 09, 2013, at 8:25 AM, CALIFKEN wrote:

    I believe Oracle is getting a screaming good buy here. They realize APKT's technology is going to grow as soon as the telecoms begin expanding their infrastructure. APKT was trading 3 times the current price Oracle is buying at. I agree with Mr. Love that Oracle should pay more and I to have joined a class action against this acquisition as the price is too low.

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