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   Re: [xml-dev] Arbortext bought

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On 7/6/05, Frank Richards <frank@therichards.org> wrote:

> By itself it doesn't sound like a big deal. But it says a lot about the
> SGML/xml-doc world. A niche market company nobody ever heard of is
> buying Arbortext to fill a gap in a kludged up product line that might
> let them play Corel to AutoCAD's Microsoft. What makes it sting even
> more is that XMetal was picked up by a web advertising company because
> it was cheaper to buy XMetal than migrate to OpenOffice.

$190M cash for a company with $40M in revenue and not particularly
spectacular long-term growth sounds like a high valuation to me.  I
was under the impression that a reasonable price for software
companies was on the order of 1-2 times sales.

Where is the sting here for the XML industry?


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