The tally for CA's five acquisitions this year add up to more than $670 million, and most of that has gone toward a stronger virtual and cloud presence. The strategy is a great fit for CA's traditional focus on systems management and could transform the company into a major player in the new, heavily virtualized era of enterprise computing.
These moves also make CA an attractive buyout target itself. The stock is reasonably cheap, there's $1 billion more cash than debt on the balance sheet, CA is solidly profitable, and the current $10 billion in enterprise value makes it a comfortable bite size for any of the buyout-hungry giants stalking the IT sector nowadays.
The obvious buyer would be IBM
CA has already done the hard work of identifying and then consolidating a number of promising cloud-era players and combining them with a well-known brand. All these buyers need to do is pick the whole agglomeration up wholesale, cut some costs where there are redundancies, and start reaping the synergies right away.
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