Acer Makes Three
Acer closes its takeover of Gateway, making it the No. 3 PC maker and set to put pricing pressure on Dell and HP.Acer completed its $710 million takeover of Gateway on Oct. 17, making it officially the third largest PC maker in the world and in a position to exert pricing pressure on the desktop and notebook markets. The acquisition by Taiwans Acer, announced in August, cleared several hurdles, including U.S. regulatory approval and the acquiescence of Gateway shareholders, some of whom had threatened a suit to block the deal or lift the sale price.
Shareholders gave their final approval Oct. 16 and Gateway stock disappeared from the New York Stock Exchange at the end of the days trading.