Forrester Research, Inc., a provider of research and analysis on emerging technologies, and Giga Information Group, Inc., a global technology advisory firm, today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Forrester will acquire Giga.

Pursuant to the agreement, Forrester will begin a tender offer for all outstanding shares of Giga for $4.75 per share in cash. The acquisition has been approved unanimously by the boards of directors of each company and is subject to customary conditions, including regulatory and other standard approvals. Gideon Gartner, Giga's founder and owner of 17 percent of its outstanding stock, has agreed to tender his shares in the offer, and W.R. Hambrecht & Co., owner of 15 percent of Giga's stock, has agreed to tender its shares in the offer subject to the approval of its lenders.

"We believe that this acquisition significantly expands our coverage and reach," stated George F. Colony, Forrester's chairman of the board and chief executive officer. "Giga brings deep IT research that augments our emerging technology focus, as well as approximately 900 new client relationships. These strengths, together with Giga's reputation for quality, innovative products, and customer service, make Giga an ideal fit for Forrester and our clients."

"We have long respected Forrester for the quality of its people, its work, and its approach," stated John F. Andrews, Giga's president and chief executive officer. "It is a tribute to everyone at Giga that Forrester has decided to purchase our company. I believe these two companies will combine into a research powerhouse that will provide unparalleled levels of customer satisfaction."

Following the completion of the transaction, Giga will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Forrester. The integration of the two businesses is still under way, and no layoffs are planned at this time, the spokesman said.

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