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Lenovo Buys Motorola Mobility for $3 Billion

On October 30, 2014 Lenovo became the #3 smartphone maker, after completing its $2.91 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google. The purchase includes Motorola’s brand and portfolio of innovative smartphones like Moto X, Moto G, Moto E, the DROID series, as well as the Moto 360 smartwatch, and the future Motorola product roadmap.

In a rather complex deal, Google will maintain ownership of a majority of the Motorola Mobility patent portfolio, while Motorola will receive a license to this rich portfolio of patents and other intellectual property. Motorola will retain over 2,000 patent assets and a large number of patent cross-license agreements, as well as the Motorola Mobility brand and trademark portfolio.

Lenovo will operate Motorola as a wholly-owned subsidiary. Motorola’s headquarters will remain in Chicago. With the completion of the acquisition, Lenovo welcomes the addition of a new portfolio company with nearly 3,500 employees around the world – including about 2,800 in the U.S. – who design, engineer, sell and support Motorola’s outstanding devices.

The total purchase price at close was approximately US$2.91 billion (subject to certain post-close adjustments), including approximately US$660 million in cash and 519,107,215 newly issued ordinary shares of Lenovo stock, with an aggregate value of US$750 million, representing about 4.7 percent of Lenovo’s shares outstanding, which were transferred to Google at close. The remaining US$1.5 billion will be paid to Google by Lenovo in the form of a three-year promissory note. A separate cash compensation of approximately US$228 million was paid by Lenovo to Google primarily for the cash and working capital held by Motorola at the time of close.

*DROID is a trademark of Lucasfilm Ltd. and its related companies. Used under license.

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