eMachines

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eMachines
eMachines Logo
Product typePersonal computers
OwnerAcer Inc. (2007–2013)
CountryUnited States
IntroducedSeptember 1998; 22 years ago (1998-09)
DiscontinuedJanuary 17, 2013 (2013-01-17)
Previous ownersKorea Data Systems/TriGem (1998-2004)
Gateway, Inc. (2004-2007)
Company
FounderLap Shun Hui

eMachines was a brand of economical personal computers. In 2004, it was acquired by Gateway, Inc., which was in turn acquired by Acer Inc. in 2007. The eMachines brand was discontinued in 2013.

History[edit]

eMachines was founded in September 1998 by Lap Shun Hui as a joint venture of South Korean companies Korea Data Systems and TriGem.[1] The company sold PCs at prices of $399 or $499, all without a monitor.[2]

By March 1999, the company was ranked fourth in U.S. computer sales, with a 9.9% market share.[1]

In August 1999, the company released the eOne, a computer that resembled the iMac, priced at $799, with a $400 rebate for customers who signed a 3-year agreement with CompuServe.[3]

In September 1999, the company announced plans to launch an internet service provider.[4]

In November 1999, the company acquired Free-PC, which had previously given away free computers in exchange for advertising.[5]

In March 2000, at the peak of the dot-com bubble, the company became a public company via an initial public offering, raising $180 million. By that time, the company had sold 2 million computers, but had lost $84.5 million in the previous year on $815 million in sales and a 4% profit margin. Shares fell 8% in their debut. At that time, major shareholders included AOL with a 6.4% stake and Bill T. Gross with a 12.4% stake.[6]

By May 2001, the stock was trading at 38 cents per share and the company was delisted from the NASDAQ.[7]

In January 2002, Lap Shun Hui acquired the company for $161 million.[8]

In December 2003, the company released the T6000 desktop, the world's first mass-marketed AMD Athlon 64-based system, retailing at US$1,299. The systems were primarily sold through Best Buy stores, but the PCs were also available online.[9]

In January 2004, the company was the first to sell notebooks based on the AMD Mobile Athlon 64.[10][third-party source needed]

In March 2004, the company was acquired by Gateway Inc. for 50 million shares of Gateway common stock and $30 million cash. Wayne Inouye, CEO of eMachines, became CEO of Gateway, replacing founder Ted Waitt.[11]

In October 2007, Acer Inc. acquired Gateway.[12]

On January 17, 2013, the eMachines brand was discontinued.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Emachines Is Fourth in U.S. Sales of PC's". The New York Times. 1999-03-31. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  2. ^ Schwartz, Ephraim (September 29, 1998). "Emachines readies sub-$500 PCs". CNN. Archived from the original on 2001-11-01.
  3. ^ Kane, Margaret (August 6, 1999). "eMachines' iMac-like PC ships this week". ZDNet.
  4. ^ Spooner, John G. (September 10, 1999). "eMachines.net not just another ISP". ZDNet.
  5. ^ Gaw, Jonathan (November 30, 1999). "Low-Cost PC Maker EMachines in Deal to Acquire Free-PC". Los Angeles Times.
  6. ^ Fields, Robin (March 25, 2000). "EMachines' IPO Takes 8% Dip in the Market". Los Angeles Times.
  7. ^ "Irvine's EMachines Booted From Nasdaq". Los Angeles Times. May 25, 2001.
  8. ^ Granelli, James S. (January 1, 2002). "EMachines Founder Buys Shares". Los Angeles Times.
  9. ^ "eMachines selling loaded Athlon 64 system". Geek.com. December 11, 2003. Archived from the original on April 28, 2017. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  10. ^ "eMachines Introduces 64-Bit Wireless Widescreen Notebook Line; Company Is First Major PC Brand to Incorporate Mobile AMD Athlon 64 Processor for Mobile Computing" (Press release). Business Wire. January 19, 2004.
  11. ^ "Gateway Completes Acquisition of eMachines" (Press release). Business Wire. March 11, 2004.
  12. ^ Nystedt, Dan (2007-10-11). "Acer completes Gateway share purchase". The Washington Post. PC World. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  13. ^ Shah, Agam (2013-01-24). "Acer sheds eMachines, turns to Gateway and Packard Bell for post-PC era". PCWorld. Retrieved 2019-05-15.