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Red Hat's headquarters are in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Red Hat is an American computer software company based in Raleigh, North Carolina. The company was founded in 1995, when ACC Corporation—a company founded by Bob Young in 1993—and Red Hat Linux—an operating system created by Marc Ewing—merged to form Red Hat Software, and Young was appointed chief executive officer.[1] Red Hat had its initial public offering on August 11, 1999; it was the eighth-biggest first-day gain in Wall Street history.[2] The company has acquired sixteen companies and made four divestments. Red Hat has not released the financial details for most of these mergers and acquisitions.

Red Hat's first major acquisition was Delix Computer GmbH-Linux Div, the Linux operating system division of Delix Computer, a German computer company, on July 30, 1999. Red Hat acquired Cygnus Solutions, a company that provided commercial support for free software, on January 11, 2000. Michael Tiemann, co-founder of Cygnus, served as the chief technical officer of Red Hat after the acquisition. On June 5, 2006, Red Hat acquired open source middleware provider JBoss for $420 million and integrated it as its own division of Red Hat.

On December 14, 1998, Red Hat made its first divestment, in which parts of the company are sold to another company, when Intel acquired an undisclosed minority stake. The next year, on March 9, 1999, Compaq, IBM, and Novell each acquired undisclosed minority stakes in Red Hat. The company's largest acquisition was Cygnus Solutions in January 2000 for $674 million. Red Hat made the most acquisitions in 2000 with five: Cygnus Solutions, Bluecurve, Wirespeed Communications, Hell's Kitchen Systems, and C2Net.

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Acquisitions

Date Company Business Country Value (USD) References
01999-07-13 July 13, 1999 Atomic Vision Website Design  United States [3][4]
01999-07-30 July 30, 1999 Delix Computer GmbH-Linux Div[note 1] Computers and software  Germany [5]
02000-01-11 January 11, 2000 Cygnus Solutions Software  United States $&0000000674444000.000000674,444,000 [6]
02000-05-26 May 26, 2000 Bluecurve IT management software  United States $&0000000037107000.00000037,107,000 [7]
02000-08-01 August 1, 2000 Wirespeed Communications Internet software  United States $&0000000083963000.00000083,963,000 [8]
02000-08-15 August 15, 2000 Hell's Kitchen Systems Internet software  United States $&0000000085624000.00000085,624,000 [9]
02000-09-13 September 13, 2000 C2Net Internet software  United States $&0000000039983000.00000039,983,000 [10]
02001-02-05 February 5, 2001 Akopia Ecommerce web sites  United States [11]
02001-02-28 February 28, 2001 Planning Technologies Consulting  United States $&0000000047000000.00000047,000,000 [12]
02002-10-15 October 15, 2002 NOCpulse Software  United States [13]
02004-09-30 September 30, 2004 Netscape Security-Certain Asts[note 2] Certain assets  United States [14]
02006-06-05 June 5, 2006 JBoss Middleware  United States $&0000000420000000.000000420,000,000 [15]
02007-06-06 June 6, 2007 MetaMatrix Information management software  United States [16]
02008-03-13 March 13, 2008 Amentra Consulting  United States [17]
02008-06-04 June 4, 2008 Identyx Software  United States [18]
02008-09-04 September 4, 2008 Qumranet Enterprise software  United States $&0000000107000000.000000107,000,000 [19]

Divestitures

Date Acquirer Target company Target business Acquirer country Value (USD) References
01998-12-14 December 14, 1998 Intel Corporation Red Hat[note 3] Open source software  United States [20]
01999-03-09 March 9, 1999 Compaq Red Hat[note 4] Open source software  United States [21]
01999-03-09 March 9, 1999 IBM Red Hat[note 5] Open source software  United States [22]
01999-03-09 March 9, 1999 Novell Red Hat[note 6] Open source software  United States [23]

Notes

  1. ^ Delix Computer GmbH-Linux Div was acquired from Delix Computer.
  2. ^ Netscape Security-Certain Asts was acquired from Netscape Security Solutions.
  3. ^ Intel Corporation acquired a minority stake in Red Hat.
  4. ^ Compaq acquired a minority stake in Red Hat.
  5. ^ IBM acquired a minority stake in Red Hat.
  6. ^ Novell acquired a minority stake in Red Hat.

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  4. ^ "Butterick Law Corporation". http://www.buttericklaw.com/bio.php/. Retrieved 2009-07-20.  
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  6. ^ "Red Hat Inc acquires Cygnus Solutions (2000/01/11)". Thomson Financial. http://www.alacrastore.com/storecontent/Thomson_M&A/Red_Hat_Inc_acquires_Cygnus_Solutions-942378020. Retrieved 2008-10-28.  
  7. ^ "Red Hat Inc acquires Bluecurve Inc (2000/05/26)". Thomson Financial. http://www.alacrastore.com/storecontent/Thomson_M&A/Red_Hat_Inc_acquires_Bluecurve_Inc-999225020. Retrieved 2008-10-28.  
  8. ^ "Red Hat Inc acquires Wirespeed Communications Corp (2000/08/01)". Thomson Financial. http://www.alacrastore.com/storecontent/Thomson_M&A/Red_Hat_Inc_acquires_Wirespeed_Communications_Corp-1022268020. Retrieved 2008-10-28.  
  9. ^ "Red Hat Inc acquires Hell's Kitchen Systems (2000/08/15)". Thomson Financial. http://www.alacrastore.com/storecontent/Thomson_M&A/Red_Hat_Inc_acquires_Hell_s_Kitchen_Systems-958929020. Retrieved 2008-10-28.  
  10. ^ "Red Hat Inc acquires C2Net Software Inc (2000/09/13)". Thomson Financial. http://www.alacrastore.com/storecontent/Thomson_M&A/Red_Hat_Inc_acquires_C2Net_Software_Inc-1036936020. Retrieved 2008-10-28.  
  11. ^ "Red Hat Inc acquires Akopia Inc (2001/02/05)". Thomson Financial. http://www.alacrastore.com/storecontent/Thomson_M&A/Red_Hat_Inc_acquires_Akopia_Inc-1088621020. Retrieved 2008-10-28.  
  12. ^ "Red Hat Inc acquires Planning Technologies Inc (2001/02/28)". Thomson Financial. http://www.alacrastore.com/storecontent/Thomson_M&A/Red_Hat_Inc_acquires_Planning_Technologies_Inc-1160091020. Retrieved 2008-10-28.  
  13. ^ "Red Hat Inc acquires NOCpulse Inc (2002/10/15)". Thomson Financial. http://www.alacrastore.com/storecontent/Thomson_M&A/Red_Hat_Inc_acquires_NOCpulse_Inc-1994807020. Retrieved 2008-10-28.  
  14. ^ "Red Hat Inc acquires Netscape Security-Certain Asts from Netscape Security Solutions (2004/09/30)". Thomson Financial. http://www.alacrastore.com/storecontent/Thomson_M&A/Red_Hat_Inc_acquires_Netscape_Security_Certain_Asts_from_Netscape_Security_Solutions-1607461020. Retrieved 2008-10-28.  
  15. ^ "Red Hat Inc acquires JBoss Inc (2006/06/05)". Thomson Financial. http://www.alacrastore.com/storecontent/Thomson_M&A/Red_Hat_Inc_acquires_JBoss_Inc-1751255020. Retrieved 2008-10-28.  
  16. ^ "Red Hat Inc acquires MetaMatrix Inc (2007/06/06)". Thomson Financial. http://www.alacrastore.com/storecontent/Thomson_M&A/Red_Hat_Inc_acquires_MetaMatrix_Inc-1861838020. Retrieved 2008-10-28.  
  17. ^ "Red Hat Inc acquires Amentra Inc (2008/03/13)". Thomson Financial. http://www.alacrastore.com/storecontent/Thomson_M&A/Red_Hat_Inc_acquires_Amentra_Inc-1960695020. Retrieved 2008-10-28.  
  18. ^ "Red Hat History". Red Hat. http://www.redhat.com/about/companyprofile/history/. Retrieved 2009-03-08.  
  19. ^ "Red Hat Inc acquires Qumranet Inc (2008/09/04)". Thomson Financial. http://www.alacrastore.com/storecontent/Thomson_M&A/Red_Hat_Inc_acquires_Qumranet_Inc-2009562020. Retrieved 2008-10-28.  
  20. ^ "Intel Corp acquires a minority stake in Red Hat Inc (1998/12/14)". Thomson Financial. http://www.alacrastore.com/storecontent/Thomson_M&A/Intel_Corp_acquires_a_minority_stake_in_Red_Hat_Inc-828823020. Retrieved 2008-10-28.  
  21. ^ "Compaq Computer Corp acquires a minority stake in Red Hat Inc (1999/03/09)". Thomson Financial. http://www.alacrastore.com/storecontent/Thomson_M&A/Compaq_Computer_Corp_acquires_a_minority_stake_in_Red_Hat_Inc-859986020. Retrieved 2008-10-28.  
  22. ^ "IBM Corp acquires a minority stake in Red Hat Inc (1999/03/09)". Thomson Financial. http://www.alacrastore.com/storecontent/Thomson_M&A/IBM_Corp_acquires_a_minority_stake_in_Red_Hat_Inc-859978020. Retrieved 2008-10-28.  
  23. ^ "Novell Inc acquires a minority stake in Red Hat Inc (1999/03/09)". Thomson Financial. http://www.alacrastore.com/storecontent/Thomson_M&A/Novell_Inc_acquires_a_minority_stake_in_Red_Hat_Inc-859992020. Retrieved 2008-10-28.  

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