The company logo is shown at the headquarters of Oracle Corporation in Redwood City, California February 2, 2010.   REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

The company logo is shown at the headquarters of Oracle Corporation in Redwood City, California February 2, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (Copyright Reuters 2016)

Oracle says majority of NetSuite holders back acquisition

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Oracle Corp said on Saturday its proposed $9.3 billion acquisition of cloud storage company NetSuite Inc will move forward after more than half of eligible NetSuite shareholders backed the bid.

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Oracle said in a statement that holders of 53 percent of unaffiliated NetSuite shares agreed to tender their shares by a Friday deadline. The deal will be completed on Monday, Oracle said.

Oracle offered to buy NetSuite in July for $109 a share to respond to challenges from rival enterprise software companies such as Workday Inc and Salesforce.com Inc that have popular cloud-based software products.

Investment manager T. Rowe Price, NetSuite's second-largest shareholder behind Ellison, had objected that Oracle's offer was too low and said it would not tender its shares. T. Rowe sent a letter last week to Oracle suggesting the company raise its offer to $133 per share.

As of July, T. Rowe owned 12.2 million NetSuite shares.

NetSuite shares went on a rollercoaster ride ahead of Oracle's Friday offer deadline. On Thursday, NetSuite shares jumped by more than 6 percent before trading was temporarily halted. NetSuite shares fell 3.8 percent on Friday to close at $90.34.

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According to terms of the Oracle agreement, a majority of NetSuite's 40.8 million unaffiliated shares, or shares not tied to Ellison and other insiders, had to be tendered to complete the deal.

(Reporting By Joe White)