AT&T Completes Divestiture of Sterling Commerce to IBM
Aug. 27, 2010 - AT&T* today completed its divestiture of Sterling Commerce to IBM (NYSE:IBM). AT&T, which acquired Sterling Commerce in 2000, received approximately $1.4 billion in cash and expects to record a one-time pretax gain of approximately $800 million in the third quarter of 2010.
The divestiture is consistent with AT&T's focus on developing and providing a full portfolio of networking-based solutions and services, including network- and cloud-based data storage and managed hosting, application and computing services, to its business customers. AT&T remains committed to its strategic alliance with IBM, AT&T's largest customer, to provide a unified set of telecommunications and computing services to multinational corporations across the globe.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
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