Prime Computer Inc recognises that in an industry dominated by IBM – $50,000m a year, Unisys – $10,000m, DEC – $9,000m, and Honeywell Bull – $7,000m, not to mention the Japanese, it’s no good being a $1,000m a year company any more. At the beginning of the year the company charged its war chest with an issue of $350m of convertible debentures, and is now actively seeking acquisitions that would double its size. One name that has been actively canvassed is Data General Corp, but such a move would make little sense since the most expensive aspect of the minicomputer business is supporting a proprietary operating system and even if it did acquire Data General, it would make no sense to abandon either Primos or AOS. Data General anyway would resist, and a hostile bid would quickly become messy and likely drive the target into the arms of a white knight. In terms of both size and fit, companies like ComputerVision, Silicon Graphics and Daisy Systems would seem to make much more sense.
This article is from the CBROnline archive: some formatting and images may not be present.
CBR Online legacy content.