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China's Lenovo Group Agreement

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China's Lenovo Group signed a definitive agreement on Wednesday to acquire IBM's personal computing division. Lenovo will pay $1.25 billion in cash and equity for the business, which is expected to transform it into the world's No. 3 PC maker, the companies announced.

In addition to money, IBM will also take a 18.9 percent stake in Lenovo, they said. The cash and equity, combined with the assumption of debt, brings the total value of the deal to about $1.75 billion. It is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2005.

A deal between the two companies comes as no surprise. It's been the talk of the PC industry since last week, when reports of IBM's plans to sell its PC business appeared in The New York Times. However, few details were known about the nature of the deal and its possible affect on IBM's existing PC customers until the announcement on Wednesday.

IBM and Lenovo said customers will see no change in product availability and support, either while the deal is being completed or afterward, while the PC operations of the two companies are integrated. Beyond the integration, the impact is of the deal is less clear.

Following the deal, the two companies will enter an alliance under which IBM becomes the preferred services and customer financing provider to Lenovo and Lenovo becomes the preferred supplier of PCs to IBM, they said.

"Lenovo products will be co-branded for the next few years, to leverage the power of the IBM ThinkPad brand with our existing and future customers," said Mark Loughridge, chief financial officer of IBM in a telephone conference call.

"We will have a phased implementation with products initially using the IBM logo as the primary brand and transitioning over 60 months to an IBM endorsement of the Lenovo-branded products," Loughridge said.

Leasing, financing, warranty and maintenance services will be provided

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