Inside Amazon's year of big deals

By Retail FOXBusiness

Amazon's Echo and Echo Dot appear on sale at a Whole Foods Market in New York, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. Amazon has completed its $13.7 billion takeover of organic grocer Whole Foods, and the e-commerce giant is wasting no time putting its stamp on the ... company. Prices were lowered; Whole Foods brands will soon be on Amazon's site; and Amazon's Prime members could soon get discounts at Whole Foods. The deal could also spur changes in the wider grocery industry. (AP Photo/Joseph Pisani)

It’s been a record-setting year for e-commerce giant Amazon (AMZN) when it comes to M&A deals.

Continue Reading Below

The online retailer has morphed itself into various new sectors this year with big acquisitions and partnerships including organic grocer Whole Foods, cancer-detection startup Grail, and mobile phone company Essential Products Inc.

According to Dealogic, Amazon completed 12 M&A deals since the start of 2017 with two pending, up from 11 in 2016 with many analysts saying even more are expected in 2018.

More on this...

Here’s a look at all deals Amazon made in 2017.
Date completed: January 10, 2017
Cost: $20 million
Amazon Web Services acquired San Diego-based, a data security firm that enables organization to identity and stop data breaches, insider threats and stolen credentials.

Grail Inc.
Date completed: March 1, 2017
Cost: Stake in $900 million Series B round
Amazon teamed up with major drugmakers including Johnson &Johnson Innovation to raise over $900 million for cancer-testing startup, Grail Inc.

Continue Reading Below

ReDo Inc.
Date completed: March 8, 2017
Cost: Unknown
Amazon Web Services acquired ReDo, Inc. (, a provider of an enterprise collaboration platform to help people run meetings. was backed by (CRM), Inc., Sherpa Ventures and Mark Pincus.
Date completed: March 28, 2017
Cost: $580 million
Amazon acquired Arab e-commerce firm for $580 million in cash. The deal helped the company gain footing in the Middle East’s growing e-commerce space. has over 45 million visitors per month and a range of 8.4 million products across 31 categories.

Essential Products Inc.
Date completed: June 8, 2017
Cost: Stake in $300 million funding round
Amazon and Chinese investment holding company Tencent invested in smartphone maker Essential Products in a $300 million funding round and signed up to sell its first smartphone device.

Whole Foods Market Inc.
Date completed June 16, 2017
Cost: $13.7 billion
In its biggest deal of the year, Amazon announced it will acquire Whole Foods Market Inc. for $13.7 billion. The deal now puts the online retailer into hundreds of physical stores across the country.

Graphiq Inc.
Date completed: July 20, 2017
Cost: Unknown
Amazon acquired Santa Barbara data analysis and search engine startup Graphiq to help improve its Alexa virtual assistant and other services.

GameSparks Technologies Ltd.
Date completed: July 28, 2017
Cost: $10 million
Amazon and its enterprise could division Amazon Web Services acquired GameSparks, a cloud-based development platform for game developers to help it build out its gaming muscle.

ClipMine Inc.
Date completed: August 18, 2017
Cost: Unknown
Through Amazon’s video game platform Twitch, the company acquired Palo Alto-based video indexing platform, ClipMine, which analyses visual information in videos to generate metadata to help users easily locate streams they want to watch.

Shopper Stop Ltd
Date announced: September 23, 2017, deal pending
Cost $27.6 million NV Investment Holdings LLC, an affiliate of Amazon announced it has agreed to buy a $27.6 million stake in Indian retailer Shoppers Stop Ltd. The deal is still pending approval.

Date completed: September 27, 2017
Cost: $1.1 million
CloudRanger, the simple backup solution for Amazon Web Services (AWS), announced it has completed a $1.1 million seed round, with investments from Enterprise Ireland and several private investors in both the United States and Ireland. Inc (AWS cloud computing business)
Date announced: Nov. 13, 2017, still pending
Cost: $301 million
Amazon announced it has sold parts of its cloud business in China to its local partner, Beijing Sinnet Technology Co. Sinnet said in a regulatory filing that the purchase, which is still pending, would help it “comply with China’s laws to further improve the company’s AWS cloud services” in terms of quality and security.