[From Oracle Corp.
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., 13-DEC-2004 Oracle Corporation today announced that it has signed a definitive merger agreement to acquire PeopleSoft, Inc., for $26.50 per share (approximately $10.3 billion). The transaction has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies and should close by early January.
"Today we announced both a great quarter and the agreement to acquire PeopleSoft. This merger gives Oracle even more scale and momentum," said Oracle Chief Executive Officer Larry Ellison. "The real highlight of our most recent quarter was the 57 percent growth in our applications business, and this merger is going to make that applications business bigger and stronger.
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