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NCR Acquiring Radiant Systems, Inc.

On July 11, NCR (NYSE: NCR), one of the largest global technology vendors for assisted- and self-service solutions, announced its intention to acquire Radiant Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: RADS), a leading technology solutions provider to hospitality and specialty retail establishments. NCR extended a cash tender offer of $28.00 per Radiant Systems share, with the equity purchase price of $1.2 billion having been approved by the boards of directors of both companies. Subject to regulatory approval, this transaction is expected to close during the 3rd quarter of 2011.

NCR’s traditional stronghold has been on the Financial Services and Retail vertical markets. This acquisition gives the company an immediate leadership position in the hospitality and specialty retail verticals, with a well-known, highly regarded and broadly installed brand.  Radiant expands NCR’s total-available-market by approximately $8 billion – this large expansion of addressable market for both organizations has led them to set a long-term business model goal of more than $7 billion in revenue and growth margins in the mid-30s.

In VDC’s opinion, this deal is a very strategic move by NCR to expand into core industry verticals – horizontal integration in order to enhance market share, increase revenue growth rates and improve margins by expanding mix of software & services – offering more complementary adjacency than the Entertainment vertical. While both companies offer software and solutions, Radiant’s growing subscription-based offering will enable NCR to build more software into the overall revenue mix resulting in substantial financial benefits.

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