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Amazon, to acquire iRobot maker for $1.7 Billion!

Amazon.com Inc. is buying Roomba maker iRobot Corp. for reportedly $1.7 billion!

Giving the online retailer another connected-home product that deepens its ties to consumers’ homes.

Deal for robot vacuum adds to Amazon’s connected-home portfolio

Amazon agreed to pay $61 a share for iRobot in an all-cash deal. The price, which includes a small amount of debt, represents a 22% premium to iRobot’s closing price of $49.99 on Friday

*IRobot tweet on the Amazon news.

IRobot shares rose 19% to $59.54 in recent trading. They are off 9.7% year to date. Amazon shares fell 0.8% to $141.41.

  • IRobot introduced its Roomba vacuum in 2002 and has sold more than 40 million units since.

The wireless, smart-vacuum learns and maps spaces to clean dust and messes. It is a staple of Amazon’s Prime Day shopping bonanza, having been a featured product for eight straight years.

IRobot in May,

Projected reaching sales of $1.6 billion to $1.7 billion this year. It withdrew that guidance on Friday in light of the deal and other challenges.

Roomba would join other Amazon-owned products like the Alexa virtual assistant speaker and Ring video doorbell that together give the retailer more ways to power smart homes.

IRobot would be the fourth-largest acquisition by Amazon, ranking behind the 2017 acquisition of Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, an $8.5 billion purchase of movie studio MGM in March and last month’s agreement to buy 1Life Healthcare for $3.9 billion.