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IBM Buys Algorithmics for $387 Million

The deal should close by the end of October

IBM is buying Algorithmics, the Toronto-based risk analytics firm, for $387 million cash.

Its services are used by 350 banks, investment and insurance businesses such as Allianz, HSBC, Nomura and Société Générale.

The money will go to the Fitch Group, the credit ratings agency majority owned by Fimalac, the Paris holding company.

The acquisition will add 900 people to IBM's Software Group.

Blue's business analytics and optimization team, the result of $14 billion spent on 25 acquisitions the last five years, currently has more than 8,000 consultants including 200 mathematicians with more than 500 patents.

IBM means to pair Algorithmics, which had revenues of $163.7 million last year, with the compliance and risk management technologies it acquired from OpenPages.

The deal should close by the end of October.

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