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Mergers, Acquisitions and Takeovers Case Study

Case Title:

Japan's Livedoor Co. Ltd : Growing through Unrelated Acquisitions

Publication Year : 2005

Authors: Sireesha M, Sumit Kumar Chaudhuri

Industry: Internet and e-commerce


Case Code: MAA0027

Teaching Note: Not Available

Structured Assignment: Not Available

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Livedoor Co. Ltd., the third largest Internet solutions provider in Japan, had started as a website designing and consulting firm in Tokyo in 1996. By 2004, the company had a profit of $54 million and it acquired 20 companies ranging from an accounting software firm, an on-line travel agency to a Chinese Internet portal. As of 2005, the company has 31 subsidiaries with a market capitalisation of 200 billion yen and intends to buy a horse track after an unsuccessful attempt to acquire a baseball team.

Pedagogical Objectives:

  • To highlight the rapid growth of Livodoor Co.Ltd
  • To discuss its philosophy of growing through unrelated acquisitions.

Keywords : Livedoor Co Ltd;Mergers,Acquisitions,Alliances Case Study; Takafumi Horie; Internet solutions provider; Unrelated acquisitions; Eudora; Web communities; Digital subscriber line; Management services provider; Rakuten; Softbank; Nippon Broadcasting Systems Inc

Contents : 
Inceptionof The Technology Company
The Knackof Enteringunrelated Businesses
What’s Up Forgrab Next?
Takafumi Horie – Japan’s Innovative Entrepreneur
Businesses Of Livedoor
Organisational Chart Of Livedoor
Financial Statement Of Livedoor Co. Ltd

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