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Siemens agrees to buy Mentor Graphics

As it looks to enhance its industrial software capabilities, Siemens has announced that it is to buy Mentor Graphics in a move that values the business at $4.5billion.

Siemens' chief executive Joe Kaeser is keen to reshape the group in order to make it more profitable and agile and is looking to sell off non-core businesses while investing in areas that promise faster growth and better margins.

Mentor Graphics makes software for designing semiconductors and the market for software is where Siemens finds itself increasingly in competition with firms that are able to develop technology faster. Earlier this year, Siemens bought CD-adapco, a US engineering software firm, for $1bn.

In a statement, Siemens management board member Klaus Helmrich said: "Mentor Graphics will complement our strong offering in mechanics and software with design, test and simulation of electrical and electronic systems."

Mentor Graphics generated revenues of around $1.2bn in its last fiscal year. Despite that, it has been under pressure from activist hedge fund Elliott Management, who reportedly took an 8.1% stake in the company in September, arguing the company’s shares were 'deeply undervalued'.

Neil Tyler

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