Who do you think will IPO this year? How about M&A? Who will get acquired this year? I think it will be a busy year for this.
I think Mentor will get cut up and auctioned off and Apache will IPO.
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Mentor fought off the 2008 hostile acquisition from Cadence at $16/share, and this Icahn offer of $17/share is deja vu all over again. At the annual share holder meeting we will soon discover the sentiment of the shareholders on changing or keeping the board members. Mentor acquired some 12 companies in 2010 although they don't make a press release for each deal.
Yes, I agree that Apache DA is best positioned for an IPO or merger in 2011.
Altium could be acquired because of their weak financial performance on the Australian stock market.
Synopsys will continue to acquire IP companies.
Cadence will continue to acquire companies to fill out their EDA360 vision.
Atrenta looks strong to me, maybe they should merge with Apache.
SpringSoft looks healthy and in growth mode.
It crossed my mind that it might make sense for Altera to buy Mentor - they're behind Xilinx on front-end simulation/debug tools, and it would let them diversify by providing more routes to Silicon.
ALTR: Summary for Altera Corporation- Yahoo! Finance
MENT: Summary for Mentor Graphics Corporation- Yahoo! Finance
Some predictions: It appears that Novelics has been acquired by Mentor.
Impinj filed for an IPO: Impinj Files for $100M IPO | Xconomy
Mentor exited the IP business years ago by selling memory compilers to Virage. It would be a little odd to see Mentor attempt to re-enter the IP market after walking away from it. Stranger things have happened in EDA, so let's see.