Some say Microsoft is wasting its money buying Yahoo. Now that it has formally backed out of the deal, may be looking the other way for acquisitions may be in order. Let’s look at what Microsoft can get off of their $45 billion budget.
We looked at today’s stock prices and checked on each market capitalization from listed tech companies.
Sun Microsystems – $10.02 billion
Seagate Technology – $9.43 billion
Lenovo – $7.24 billion
Akamai Technologies – $5.84 billion
AMD – $3.73 billion
Convergys – $2.88 billion
ValueClick – $1.94 billion
Sina – $2.56 billion
Total : $43.64 billion
For less than $45 billion, Microsoft can buy an enterprise company, a storage company, a PC manufacturer, a chipmaker, and the biggest call center in the world.
On top of that, they also get the Chinese online media company Sina, giving them a good foothold of China. With ValueClick, they get their boost in online marketing. Add to that pack Akamai which is rock-solid on leading edge content delivery on the internet.
If you were Microsoft and you had $45 billion, which tech companies would you buy instead of Yahoo?