August 5, 2022

iRobot Amazon400x275Amazon has announced it has entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Amazon will acquire iRobot, maker of consumer robots such as the Roomba vacuum cleaner. Amazon will acquire iRobot for $61 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $1.7 billion, including iRobot’s net debt. Amazon said upon completion of the merger, Colin Angle will remain as CEO of iRobot.

Since the introduction of the Roomba vacuum in 2002, iRobot has continued to provide customers with household cleaning robots, developing several other products in this space.

“We know that saving time matters, and chores take precious time that can be better spent doing something that customers love,” said Dave Limp, senior vice president of Amazon Devices. “Over many years, the iRobot team has proven its ability to reinvent how people clean with products that are incredibly practical and inventive – from cleaning when and where customers want while avoiding common obstacles in the home, to automatically emptying the collection bin. Customers love iRobot products – and I’m excited to work with the iRobot team to invent in ways that make customers’ lives easier and more enjoyable.”

“Since we started iRobot, our team has been on a mission to create innovative, practical products that make customers’ lives easier, leading to inventions like the Roomba and iRobot OS,” said Angle, who is also chairman in addition to being CEO of iRobot. “Amazon shares our passion for building thoughtful innovations that empower people to do more at home, and I cannot think of a better place for our team to continue our mission. I’m hugely excited to be a part of Amazon and to see what we can build together for customers in the years ahead.”

Completion of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by iRobot’s shareholders and regulatory approvals.