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    Net Present Value, Mergers, and Acquisitions
    Think about Apple Inc and the possibility of it merging with another company.

    1. If you were to pick one company for Apple Inc to merge with, what would it be? Explain your choice with respect to possible benefits of this merger and why you would choose this company over any other choice for a potential.

    2. How would you finance a takeover of this chosen corporation? Please explain your reasoning.

    3. What would your second and third choices be for a merger with Apple Inc? Again, explain your reasoning for wanting to merge with these companies, and why they would be second or third choices rather than your first choice.

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    Apple Inc (NASDAQ: APPL) "designs, manufactures and markets mobile communication and media devices, personal computers, and portable digital music players, and sells a variety of related software, services, peripherals, networking solutions, and third-party digital content and applications," (Apple, 2011). Aside from its traditional personal computing roots, Apple is most recently known for pioneering mobile media technology through products such as the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Apple invented these types of products, and has created industry-sustaining demand behind them. The limitation of Apple's business model is in bandwidth to use these devices.

    Competing directly with other software companies such as Google or Microsoft, Apple has carved an irreplaceable niche in the consumer technology market. Apple's niche is in offering a holistic product, a fully developed and integrated hardware and software system, (Apple, 2011). Apple designs and produces their products as a completed whole--no third-party hardware modification and no unauthorized third-party software officially runs through Apple products. The next logical step in such a holistic product offering, then, is to offer Apple network connectivity through a merger with a wireless telecommunications company. Sprint offers the critical pairing of national infrastructure, with a precarious financial situation. Barring any anti-trust issues far beyond ...

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