WIDSTEEN: Thank you for joining us today for the conference call regarding Microsoft’s
acquisition of GitHub. Joining us this morning on the call we have Satya Nadella,
CEO of Microsoft; Chris Wanstrath, CEO and co-founder of GitHub; Nat Friedman, the incoming
CEO of GitHub; and Amy Hood, the CFO of Microsoft.
During this call, we will make forward-looking statements which are predictions, projections,
or other statements about future events. These statements are based on current
expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual
results could differ materially because of factors discussed in today’s
press release and presentation, in comments made during this call, and in the risk factors
section of our form 10-K, form 10-Q, and other reports and filings with the Securities
and Exchange Commission.
We do not undertake any duty to update any forward-looking statement. And with that,
let me pass to Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella.
NADELLA: Thank you, Turi. It’s
a pleasure to be here today to talk about GitHub and Microsoft and our shared goal to
I want to share what this acquisition will mean for our industry and for developers.
The era of the intelligent cloud and the intelligent edge is upon us. Computing is
becoming embedded in the world with every part of our daily life and work and every aspect
of our society and economy being transformed by digital technical. And developers
are the builders of this new era, writing the world’s
As every industry is being impacted by technology from precision medicine to precision agriculture,
from personalized education to personalized banking, the developer community will only
grow in numbers and importance.
Developer workflows will drive and influence business process and functions across the organization
from marketing to sales to service to IT and HR. And this is just not happening
in the technology sector, but in every industry.
According to LinkedIn data, software engineering roles in industries outside of tech such
as retail, healthcare, and energy are seeing double-digit growth year over year, 25 percent
faster than the growth of developer roles in the tech industry itself.
As every company becomes a digital company, value creation and growth across every industry
will, increasingly be determined by the choices developers make.
In short, developers will be at the center of solving the world’s
most pressing challenges. However, the real power comes when every developer can
create together, collaborate, share code, and build on each other’s
work. And in all walks of life, we see the power of communities, and this is true
for software development and developers.
so excited about today’s
announcement. Building technology so that others can build more technology is core
to our mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve
celebrate for technology’s
sake. We celebrate what others can do with technology. Also core to our mission
is empowering communities from the world’s
IT professionals to gamers.
We believe in the power of communities to achieve more than what their members can do on
their own. It’s
our ability to work together that helps our dreams become reality, and we’re
dedicated to cultivating and growing communities to do just that.
More than 28 million developers already collaborate on GitHub, and its home to more than
85 million code repositories used by people in nearly every country. From students
to hobbyists to startups to large organizations, GitHub is the destination for developers
to learn, share, and work together to create software. And GitHub is the world
’s leading software development platform. It
a destination for Microsoft, too.
As GitHub shared in a recent report, Microsoft is the most active organization on GitHub
with more than two million commits or updates made to projects. And from our earliest
days, we have been a developer-focused company with our very first product, the BASIC
Interpreter for the Altair in 1975.
Obviously, a lot has happened since then, but we still focus on creating tools and platforms
for this new generation of developers. We
always loved developers, and we love open-source developers.
been on a journey ourselves with open source and the open source community. Today,
all in with open source. We
active in the open source ecosystem, we contribute to open source projects, and some
of our most vibrant developer tools and frameworks are open sourced.
When it comes to our commitment to open source, judge us by the actions we
taken in the recent past, our actions today, and in the future.
Given all this, together with GitHub, we see three clear opportunities ahead: First,
we will empower developers at every stage of their development life cycle from ideation
to collaboration to deployment to the cloud and to the edge.
Going forward, GitHub will remain an open platform which any developer can plug into and
extend. Developers will continue to be able to use the programming languages, tools,
and operating systems of their choice for their projects, and will still be able to deploy
their code to any cloud and any device.
Second, we will accelerate enterprise developers’ use
of GitHub with our direct sales and partner channels and access to Microsoft’s
global cloud infrastructure and services.
bring Microsoft developer tools and services to new audiences.
To close, I want to share some details of the transaction. Microsoft will acquire GitHub
for $7.5 billion in all-stock consideration. Most importantly, we recognize the
responsibility we take on with this agreement. We’re
committed to being stewards of the GitHub community, which will retain its developer-first
ethos, operate independently, and remain an open platform.
We will always listen to developer feedback and invest in both fundamentals as well as new
capabilities. Once the acquisition closes later this year, GitHub will be led by
CEO Nat Friedman, an open-source veteran and founder of Xamarin, who will continue to
report to the Microsoft Cloud and AI Group Executive Vice President Scott Guthrie.
GitHub CEO and co-founder Chris Wanstrath will be a technical fellow at Microsoft and reporting
Together, we will continue to advance GitHub as a platform loved by developers and trusted
And to share more on GitHub, I’ll
turn it over to Chris.
WANSTRATH: Thank you, Satya. I’m
super excited about today’s
news. We started GitHub because we wanted and easier way to work together on all
sorts of projects, whether they were open source, private, or just something in between.
And since then, we’ve
seen the rise of smart phones, VR, AR, self-driving cars -- all sorts of amazing innovations.
And the thing they all have in common is software.
The future is powered by software, and for ten years, it’s
been our mission to make it easier for people to become software developers and easier
for existing developers to build better software together.
grown to become one of the largest code hosts and development platforms in the world,
with over 28 million developers globally using GitHub to help build software.
Through every step of our growth, we’ve
been obsessed with building a product for the people using it. Our focus has been
the developer, and our belief has been that making life better for developers would result
in better software and a better life for us all.
As we look to the next decade of software development and beyond, we know it will focus on
people -- the people building the software and the people using it.
gotten to know the team at Microsoft over the past few years through partnerships, collaborating
on open source, and working together to improve Git, we
learned that they agree. Their work in particular on open source has been inspiring.
In record time, they’ve
gone from dabbling to full-on embracing the community, releasing .NET as open source,
developing VS Code in the open, and using Git internally are just a few things they
’ve done that helped us decide Microsoft is the right home and the right future
Their success with Minecraft and LinkedIn acquisitions has also shown us how serious they
are about growing new businesses, while maintaining their independence and identity.
And their contributions to developer tooling and the cloud have showed they are going
But more than all of that, what stands out to me is Microsoft’s
vision for the future of software, their focus on developer first, and how these philosophies
match our own. We both believe GitHub needs to remain an open platform for all
developers. No matter your language, stack, platform, cloud, license, device --
GitHub will continue be your home, the best place for software creation, collaboration,
We both believe that software development needs to become easier, more accessible, more intelligent,
and more open so more people can become developers and existing developers can spend
more time focusing on the unique problems they’re
trying the solve.
We both see the growing need for developers and the growing importance of software in all
facets of our lives -- I think all of us recognize that. But most importantly,
we both believe that we can do greater things together than alone. Collaboration,
after all, is at the heart of everything GitHub does, and spending time with the team,
also become clear that Nat Friedman embodies these ideas and passions to his core.
a long-time, open-source developer and co-founded Xamarin, a pretty awesome development
tool that recently joined Microsoft. In my mind, he’s
the perfect fit to take on the role of GitHub CEO upon the close of this deal, and help
lead us into the future. I could not be more excited about our future with Nat
Last year, I announced that I’d
be stepping down as GitHub CEO and remaining involved as an advisor, and I’m
very, very happy to be joining Microsoft in a similar role and completely confident in
Nat and the team.
So with that, let me had it off to Nat.
FRIEDMAN: Thank you, Chris and Satya. I am incredibly excited to be here today. I’ve
been a developer almost my entire life. I think I wrote my first line of code when
I was six years old, so I’ve
been coding since as long as I can remember. And I’ve
been hooked. And I grew up as a developer and with the developer mindset.
I discovered Linux and open source in high school in the ’90s,
and I went deep down that rabbit hole and spent about a decade of my career working in
open source and Linux. And, in fact, I made my first commit on GitHub just a year
after it started in 2009.
Now as Chris said, I joined Microsoft two years ago as a part of the acquisition of my company,
Xamarin, and so I know how Chris is feeling right now. I was in a similar spot
to him a couple of years ago embarking on this new chapter and everything that that entails.
Since joining Microsoft, I’ve
been running our developer services team, and so the common thread across my career has
really been about creating and engaging with developers across multiple dimensions, and
so excited about today’s
GitHub is, to me, the most important developer-first company in the world. It
’s a company that has already accomplished so much to become the largest community
in the world, and has changed the way developers collaborate together to build software.
passionate about not just what GitHub is today, but the potential for what it can
be in the future, and unlocking that potential to create new opportunities for developers
around the world.
Core to this is the idea that GitHub is the developer’s
home. And what I mean by that is it is the place developers go to be a developer,
to discover, to create, to learn and collaborate and communicate with each other.
And as I think about our path forward and this idea of the developer’s
home, there are two critical aspects that underpin that road ahead: The first,
as Satya said, and as Chris mentioned, is our commitment to openness. GitHub was
founded as an open platform, as a free marketplace where anyone could upload their code,
and anyone could extend the platform. Open APIs, an open community, and an open
platform. And we continue that commitment.
The second is the potential for an even more expanded set of opportunities. We want
to bring more developers and more capabilities to GitHub because as a network and as
a group of people and a community, GitHub is stronger the bigger it is.
Lastly, an important part to all of this is, as Satya said, GitHub will operate independently.
I think it’s
important to reiterate that here.
So, next, let me share with you a few examples of how we see all this potential coming to
life, and give you a taste for what’s
possible together with GitHub and Microsoft. And the first is centered on the cloud.
The cloud is, increasingly, a core priority for developers. And since at GitHub everything
we do should be about making a developer’s
life better at every stage of their work and life cycle, that includes helping them make
it easier to build in the cloud.
As part of this, we think broadly about the new and compelling types of ways that we can
integrate cloud services into GitHub.
And this doesn’t
just apply to our cloud. GitHub is an open platform. So we have the ability
for anyone to plug their cloud services into GitHub and make it easier for you to go
from code to cloud. And it extends beyond the cloud as well -- code to cloud, code
to mobile, code to edge device, code to IoT. Every workflow that a developer wants
to pursue, we will support.
A second example, to illustrate how we’ll
do this, is the GitHub Marketplace. Today, GitHub offers a marketplace that any
organization or even any individual developer can use to integrate their developer tools
and services. And GitHub is as healthy as the network and marketplace that it has.
This is a great way for developer tools and services to reach developers.
Now, when it comes to Microsoft, as we’re
acquiring GitHub, we have the opportunity to go all in on the GitHub Marketplace.
And so we’ll
be offering all Microsoft developer tools and services in the GitHub Marketplace.
The last illustration that we want to share has to do with VS Code. Chris already mentioned
that VS Code is a development environment and editor that Microsoft released fairly recently.
And we were honored last year to be chosen by developers on Stack Overflow as the most popular
development environment. We have almost five million developers a month use VS
Code, and it, itself, is open source and developed in the open on GitHub.
Now, with the acquisition of GitHub, we can integrate new capabilities into VS Code to create
a more seamless experience for developers as they can collaborate and merge code and
just have a more productive experience from end to end.
So, in summary, our vision is really all about empowering developers and creating a home
where you can use any language, any operating system, any cloud, any device for every
developer. Whether you’re
a student, a hobbyist, a large company, a startup, or anything in between, GitHub is
the home for all developers.
Now let me pass it to Amy to run through the financial aspects of the deal.
HOOD: Thanks, Nat. Over the past four years, you’ve
seen our consistent approach to mergers and acquisitions of all sizes. We focus
on structurally growing markets aligned to our strategic priorities where we can add
unique value to the users or the community, and at a price that supports the long-term
shareholder value creation. GitHub, certainly, meets those criteria.
agreed to acquire GitHub for $7.5 billion in Microsoft stock, the transaction has been
unanimously by the boards of directors of both Microsoft and GitHub. We will finance
this transaction through all-stock consideration. We expect that an incremental
share buyback beyond our recent historical quarterly pace will offset stock consideration
paid within six months after closing.
We will utilize a portion of the approximately $30 billion remaining in our current share
repurchase authorization for the purchase.
Based on the expected close date in Microsoft Fiscal
we anticipate the transaction will be minimally dilutive, less than 1 percent to EPS
on a non-GAAP basis. And in FY20, we expect the transaction to be accretive to
operating income on a non-GAAP basis.
In this context, non-GAAP excludes the expected impact of purchase accounting adjustments
as well as the integration and transaction-related expenses.
Following the close of the transaction, we expect to report results for GitHub in our Intelligent
Finally, our regulatory approach. As you can see in the slide, we plan to obtain regulatory
approval in the United States and the European Union before we close the transaction.
confident about our prospects for obtaining regulatory approval by the end of this calendar
And with that, thank you all for joining Satya, Chris, Nat, and me on this exciting morning.
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