Stock Watch: Merger Plan Lifts Phone.com, Software.com

Phone.com Inc. (Nasdaq: PHCM) rose 13 1/16 to 91 1/8 after the company agreed to merge with Software.com Inc. (Nasdaq: SWCM) in a deal aimed at creating a software “powerhouse” for wired and wireless Internet providers.

After the merger, which will swap 1.6105 Phone.com shares for each outstanding Software.com share, each company will own a 50 percent stake in the new company. Donald J. Listwin, who announced his resignation as executive vice president at Cisco Systems, will join the new company as president and chief executive officer.

Directors of both companies unanimously approved the definitive merger agreement. Together, the companies count among their customers AT&T Corp., Nextel, Excite@Home, Verizon Wireless, British Telecom and Telecom Italia.

Software.com shares also gained on the news, closing up 34 11/16 at 142 7/16.

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