Oracle Snaps Up Taleo For $1.9 Billion

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) - The ever acquisitive Oracle ( ORCL) is at it again, this time buying Taleo ( TLEO) for $1.9 billion, or $46 per share.

Oracle is paying an 18.1% premium to yesterday's closing price of $38.94 for the human capital management (HCM) company. Taleo builds human resource software to help companies in areas such as talent management, recruitment, and monitoring employee performance.
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison

Taleo is similar to Success Factors ( SFSF), which was acquired by SAP ( SAP) late last year. TheStreet cited Taleo as a potential takeover target in the aftermath of the Success Factors deal.

"Human capital management has become a strategic initiative for organizations," said Thomas Kurian, Executive Vice President, Oracle Development in the company press release. "Taleo's industry leading talent management cloud is an important addition to the Oracle Public Cloud."

Michael Gregoire, Chairman and CEO of Taleo said, "Joining forces with Oracle gives us the opportunity to better serve our customers."

Prior to the acquisition, shares of Taleo had gained 0.65% year-to-date, compared to a 12% gain in Oracle shares.

Taleo shares are up $6.78, or 17.41%, to $45.72 in pre-market trading. Shares of Oracle are up 9 cents, or 0.31%, to $28.82.

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-- Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York

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