Salesforce.com Increases Ownership Stake in Its Japanese Subsidiary

Oct 27, 2010, 16:05 ET from salesforce.com

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM), the enterprise cloud computing company, today announced it has acquired substantially all of the non-controlling interest-owned shares in its Japanese subsidiary, Kabushiki Kaisha salesforce.com ("Salesforce Japan"), and intends to acquire all remaining outstanding shares, for an expected total purchase price of approximately US$170,000,000, based on the current exchange rate of Japanese yen to US dollars. Salesforce.com has recently completed the purchase of shares from SunBridge Corporation, a Japanese corporation ("SunBridge") and certain other stockholders who held most of the non-controlling interest in Salesforce Japan. Salesforce.com plans to acquire all of the remaining shares in the near term. Acquiring full ownership in Salesforce Japan allows salesforce.com to further benefit from the growth in the Japanese cloud computing market and integrate and align its financial and operational functions. Japan is the largest revenue contributor in Asia Pacific for salesforce.com.

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Salesforce Japan was formed in 2000 as a joint venture between salesforce.com and SunBridge. Prior to this announced acquisition, salesforce.com held a controlling interest in Salesforce Japan of 73 percent. With its purchase of shares from SunBridge and the other stockholders, salesforce.com has increased its interest to 95 percent. As a result of the purchase of the shares held by SunBridge, the joint venture agreement by and among salesforce.com, SunBridge and Salesforce Japan terminated according to its terms. The transaction is being treated as an equity transaction for accounting purposes. The transaction will have an immaterial impact on salesforce.com's fiscal year 2011 results. Beginning in fiscal year 2012, salesforce.com expects that its net income will increase by an immaterial amount due to a reduction in the non-controlling interest.

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