Just when you thought Opera was no more relevant as a browser. A group of Chinese companies has valued
The Norwegian company has confirmed that it has recently received an acquisition offer from Kunlun Tech and Qihoo 360, backed by Golden Brick Silk Road and Yonglian investment firms.
Kunlun Tech is a gaming company that bought a majority stake in gay dating app Grindr in January, while Qihoo is an antivirus- and browser-maker.
By offering to buy Opera for $1.2 billion or 10.3 billion Norwegian Kroner, the group is essentially valuing the company at around (Norwegian currency) NOK71 or $8.31 per share.
That’s 53 or so percent higher than Opera’s closing price on February 4th, before rumors of a buyout started going around. Oslo’s stock exchange stopped trading its shares a couple of days ago, and the company has postponed its earnings calls scheduled for Wednesday morning.
Opera’s response to the offer? Well, Recode says its board is “unanimously recommending shareholders [to] approve the takeover.” Its chief executive Lars Boilesen said in a statement:
There is strong strategic and industrial logic to the acquisition of Opera by the Consortium. We believe that the Consortium, with its breadth of expertise and strong market position in emerging markets, will be a strong owner of Opera.
The Consortium’s ownership will strengthen Opera’s position to serve our users and partners with even greater innovation, and to accelerate our plans of expansion and growth.
Opera’s willingness to approve the buyout doesn’t come as a surprise, considering it’s been actively looking for a buyer since 2015. Besides its desktop browser, it’s also known for its mobile browsers that compress websites and videos before delivering them, as well as its mobile advertising business.