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From: Jorgen Jensen1/13/2020 6:49:38 PM
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Morgan Stanley upgrades to Overweight:

Jan. 13, 2020 8:24 AM ET|About: Nuance Communications, Inc. (NUAN)|By: Brandy Betz, SA News Editor Morgan Stanley upgrades Nuance (NASDAQ: NUAN) from Equal Weight to Overweight with a $23 price target, a 25% upside. The company has a Bullish average Sell Side rating.

Upcoming catalysts: Nuance will hold its annual meeting on January 22 and is expected to report earnings on February 6. The Street sees $406.3M in revenue and $0.24 EPS.

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From: Sr K4/12/2021 2:53:52 PM
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Microsoft to Buy Nuance Communications for $16 Billion

Deal for speech-recognition company aims to capitalize on demand for healthcare software

Microsoft has been investing in speech systems for years, though with less success than some of its rivals.PHOTO: LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

Aaron Tilley

Updated April 12, 2021 12:43 pm ET

Microsoft Corp. has agreed to acquire speech-recognition firm Nuance Communications Inc. for $16 billion, pushing further into health technology and adding to a series of deals that have widened the range of software tools it offers customers.

The all-cash deal pays $56 per Nuance share, a 23% premium over Friday’s closing price. The companies put its value including debt at $19.7 billion.

The acquisition is Microsoft’s second largest under Chief Executive Satya Nadella. The company spent about $26 billion for professional network LinkedIn Corp. in 2016.

Nuance, based in Burlington, Mass., was a pioneer in speech recognition and artificial intelligence technology. Its software formed the basis of Apple Inc.’s Siri voice assistant before an in-house version was introduced. Nuance was exploring a possible sale as far back as 2014, when Samsung Electronics Co. and private-equity firms were seen as the most likely buyers.

Voice assistants have taken hold as consumers have embraced smart devices around their home. Inc. helped popularize its Alexa voice assistant through its Echo smart speaker, and Alphabet Inc.’s Google offered equipment with its version of a virtual helper, called Google Assistant.


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From: Sr K7/13/2021 10:07:23 AM
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and Microsoft Corp.’s $16 billion acquisition of Nuance Communications Inc.

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