Panasonic to buy US software firm Blue Yonder for $7.1b from Blackstone, others

Panasonic to buy US software firm Blue Yonder for $7.1b from Blackstone, others

The company logo of Panasonic Corp is seen at CEATEC (Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies) JAPAN 2015 in Makuhari, Japan, October 6, 2015. REUTERS/Yuya Shino - RTS38NE

In its biggest acquisition in a decade, Panasonic Corp on Friday said it will buy US supply-chain software company Blue Yonder in a deal worth $7.1 billion, to tap growing demand from companies as the COVID pandemic tests their resilience to disruption.

Panasonic, which bought a 20% stake in Blue Yonder for 86 billion yen ($797 million) last year, will acquire the rest of the stock from shareholders including Blackstone Group Inc and New Mountain Capital, in an agreement, including debt, that values Blue Yonder at $8.5 billion, the company said in a press release.

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