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Best Buy Acquires GreatCall, Creates a Niche in Health Space

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Best Buy Co., Inc. (BBY - Free Report) has inked a deal to acquire GreatCall for $800 million in cash. The deal, which is touted to be the company’s largest ever, is anticipated to close by the end of third-quarter fiscal 2019. This will boost the company’s adjusted earnings in fiscal 2021, with no impact on fiscal 2019 and 2020. With an annual sale of $300 million, GreatCall provides connected health and personal emergency response services to the aging population at a low cost.

Post the deal, GreatCall is said to operate separately and its easy-to-use mobile products and connected devices will become a part of Best Buy’s new Assured Living unit, per media reports. This unit will offer networked products such as smart doorbells and bed sensors, which will be available in 21 markets, to help supervise the health and safety of the aging population in the United States. According to the company, the aging population in the United States is expanding fast and projected to rise by more than 50% in the next 20 years.

Further, this buyout is in sync with Best Buy’s 2020 strategy and focuses on meeting increasing needs of the aging population through technology products, services and solutions. Also, the deal will help the company expand in the health space and develop more solutions for customers.

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