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Posted Jun 20, 2003

PeopleSoft's Board Rejects Oracle's Latest Bid

By Staff


PeopleSoft's (Quote, Company Info) board has voted unanimously to urge its stockholders to reject Oracle's (Quote, Company Info) improved takeover bid of $19.50 a share.

The response is the latest twist in an already-protracted, fierce power struggle for two rivals vying for the No. 2 pole position in the enterprise applications space. The fight began June 2 when PeopleSoft moved to merge with mid-market applications maker J.D. Edwards (Quote, Company Info), and heated up five days later when Oracle launched its surprise bid to acquire PeopleSoft, in a bid originally set at $16 a share.

Since then, Oracle, PeopleSoft and J.D. Edwards have launched a series of manuevers to thwart eachother's plans, including lawsuits and publicity campaigns.

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