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What Do Analysts Know That We Don’t Know?

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

“Never miss an opportunity to keep your mouth shut”.

I googled this quote and it looks like it might have been Mark Twain or Abraham Lincoln or someone around those times. Whoever it was, I took their advice last week regarding the Cadence – Mentor acquisition, at least as far as anything on this blog was concerned. I have my views as to what will likely happen, but I’ve expressed them privately for the most part. Instead, I was listening to what others had to say.

And boy are there lots of opinions! As the dust settles, I’ve noticed something very interesting. There seems to be two camps.

In one camp are the people who are opposed to the merger or feel it won’t work. I must admit that this is the camp I am in, informed by 14 years in the EDA industry and bystander to several mergers, good and bad. The specific reasons have already been covered by others. They raise the spectre of Daisy/Cadnetix, pointing out significant product overlap, the difference of corporate cultures, FTC concerns, etc.

In the other camp are those who think this is a good idea, good for the industry, good for the companies, good for the shareholders. And they are mainly from the financial analyst and investment community. I admit, I have only a rudimentary understanding of the Wall Street side of the business, and the finances involved, so I ask you for your help to explain to me…

What do the Analysts Know that We Don’t Know?

harry the ASIC guy