Sun Microsystems announced Thursday that the stockholders at its
special meeting voted in favor of the merger agreement with Oracle.
Investors holding approximately 62 percent of all shares of Sun common
stock voted yes to the deal under which Oracle will acquire Sun for
$9.50 a share in cash, a total of $7.4 billion, or $5.6 billion net of
Sun's cash and debt.
The acquisition still faces antitrust scrutiny
by the U.S. Department of Justice over one sticking point on Java
licensing. But Oracle is confident the merger will be completed by the
end of the summer.
The global downturn has been hard on Sun, which is expecting lower sales and a net loss for its fiscal fourth quarter.
Oracle announced its intent to buy Sun on April 20. The announcement followed a lengthy series of talks and meetings between Sun and other suitors looking to pick up the company.