Nuance slips; M&A talks reportedly slowed by "complexities"

|About: Nuance Communications, Inc. (NUAN)|By:, SA News Editor

Nuance's (NUAN -2.9%) acquisition talks have been slowed by deal complexities, sources tell dealReporter.

The WSJ reported on June 16 Nuance (presumably with Carl Icahn's blessing) is exploring a possible sale, and has held talks with P-E firms and Samsung.

Among the likely challenges facing a deal: Nuance's product line covers markets ranging from healthcare (still over half of op. profit) to mobile to enterprise, and a buyer may only be interested in parts of the business. Also, the fact the company's software and services support a wide array of platforms (iOS, Android, Windows, etc.) means a sale to a suitor such as Samsung could alienate some existing clients.