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Amazon acquires iRobot for $1.7bn
- August 8, 2022
- Steve Rogerson
Amazon has acquired for $1.7bn Massachusetts-based iRobot, famous for its smart autonomous home vacuum cleaners.
“We know that saving time matters, and chores take precious time that can be better spent doing something that customers love,” said Dave Limp, senior vice president of Amazon Devices. “Over many years, the iRobot team has proven its ability to reinvent how people clean with products that are incredibly practical and inventive, from cleaning when and where customers want while avoiding common obstacles in the home, to automatically emptying the collection bin. Customers love iRobot products, and I’m excited to work with the iRobot team to invent in ways that make customers’ lives easier and more enjoyable.”
IRobot designs and builds robots and intelligent home innovations. It introduced the first Roomba robot vacuum in 2002, and since has sold millions of robots worldwide. Its product portfolio features technologies and concepts in cleaning, mapping and navigation. Working from this portfolio, iRobot engineers are building robots and smart home devices to help consumers make their homes easier to maintain and healthier places to live.
“Since we started iRobot, our team has been on a mission to create innovative, practical products that make customers’ lives easier, leading to inventions like the Roomba and iRobot OS,” said Colin Angle, CEO of iRobot. “Amazon shares our passion for building thoughtful innovations that empower people to do more at home, and I cannot think of a better place for our team to continue our mission. I’m hugely excited to be a part of Amazon and to see what we can build together for customers in the years ahead.”
Amazon will acquire iRobot for $61 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $1.7bn, including iRobot’s net debt. Completion of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by iRobot’s shareholders and regulatory approvals.
On completion, Colin Angle will remain as CEO of iRobot.