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TELUS's (TU) Subsidiary Reportedly Drops its Bid for Appen

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TELUS Corporation¿¿¿s (TU - Free Report) subsidiary TELUS International, which was looking to acquire Australia-based Appen Ltd has abruptly withdrawn its bid, per Reuters.

The company had reportedly offered to buy Appen for a A$9.50-per-share offer or a cumulative of A$1.2 billion ($830 million). Since the proposed price per share was below the company's trading price in February, Appen was holding discussions with TELUS to improve buyout terms, Reuters reported earlier.

Appen is a well-known leader in data for the AI Lifecycle and boasts an advanced AI-assisted data annotation platform. Appen aids companies across various verticals in launching AI-powered products. Appen¿¿¿s client base includes tech bigwigs like Facebook owner Meta Platforms.

Canada-based TELUS International is a leading provider of digital technology solutions, including customer experience (CX), back office and automation and AI data solutions, among others.

TELUS International has been focusing on an inorganic strategy to boost its footprint. In 2021, the company acquired Bangalore-based Playment. The company provides data annotation and computer vision tools and services specialized in 2D and 3D image, LiDAR (light detection and ranging) and video.¿¿

The Playment buyout is complementary to the company¿¿¿s earlier acquisition of Lionbridge AI. Lionbridge AI¿¿ specializes in offering scalable data annotation services for text, images, videos, and audio to various companies in search, social media, retail and mobile domains.

Prior to that, TELUS International acquired Competence Call Center (2020),¿¿ Xavient Digital (2018) and Voxpro Group (2017)

Currently, TELUS International¿¿¿s parent company TELUS Corporation carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Shares of TU have gained 9.2% against the industry¿¿¿s increase of 6.4% in the past year.

In the last reported quarter, revenues from TELUS Corporation increased 6.4% year over year to C$4,282 million ($3,381 million) driven¿¿ by subscriber growth and double-digit revenue growth across TELUS International, TELUS Health and TELUS Agriculture segments.

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