April 19, 2013 / 2:05 AM / 5 years ago

Lenovo says in potential M&A talks; report of IBM server deal

(Reuters) - Lenovo Group (0992.HK) said on Friday it was in preliminary talks about a potential acquisition, following a media report that IBM Corp (IBM.N) was negotiating the sale of its x86 server hardware business to the Chinese computer maker.

IBM wants $5 billion to $6 billion for the business, which sells low-priced servers traditionally used to power large corporate data centers, said technology news site CRN, citing a high ranking industry executive. (link.reuters.com/zad57t)

Lenovo did not identify the acquisition target.

“As at the date of this announcement, no material terms concerning the potential acquisition Have been agreed,” the company said in a statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange.

Beijing-based Lenovo acquired IBM’s PC unit in 2005 in a $1.25 billion stock and cash deal.

    IBM Chief Financial Officer Mark Loughridge said the company would not respond to rumors when asked about the CRN story on a post-earnings conference call on Thursday.

    IBM, the world’s largest technology services company, reported an increase in first-quarter earnings, but missed estimates due to the depreciation of the Japanese yen.

    Reporting by Tej Sapru in Bangalore and Denny Thomas in Hong Kong; Editing by Phil Berlowitz and Richard Pullin

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