The News: The Symantec (SYMC) acquisition prospects are getting interesting. Symantec Corp is rumored to have received interest from a pair of private equity firms looking to buy the cybersecurity firm for more than $16 billion post sale of its enterprise business to Broadcom (AVGO). Read more at The Wall Street Journal.
Symantec Acquisition Prospects Get Interesting
Analyst Take: Symantec reportedly has two new suitors, this time for its very lucrative consumer security business. The takeover deal would value Symantec stock at between $26 and $27 a share, valuing the company at about $16.4 billion. As might be expected, Symantec stock surged on Friday following the news of the possible buyout, jumping 4.5% to $24.52.
The interest of the two PE firms, Permira and Advent International, are not the only notable companies interested in Symantec of late. Broadcom agreed to purchase Symantec’s enterprise business in early August in a $10.7 billion deal, that would separate the company’s enterprise business from its consumer business. And that consumer business? It’s a lucrative one. Symantec’s interim CEO Rick Hill said in an interview in August following the Broadcom news that the consumer cyber safety business contributed 90 percent of the company’s total operating income.
Given that we are currently operating in a “hack a day” cybersecurity culture, it’s not at all surprising to see the interest in Symantec’s lucrative Norton LifeLock business. There is every reason to expect continued growth and consistent profitability here, as consumers everywhere worry about protecting themselves against inevitable and ever-present security breaches. In fact, this part of the company has flourished while the company’s enterprise security business has struggled a bit of late, competing against tech giants like Fortinet, Palo Alto Networks, and Cisco.
So how will it work? Nobody really knows for sure, yet, but the Broadcom deal was originally expected to close in early 2020. The Permira/Advent proposal is expected to work in conjunction in some way with the Broadcom sale. One tactic might be that the PE deal doesn’t close until after the Broadcom deal closes, and other is that the PE firm would buy the company in its entirety, then sell of the enterprise business to Broadcom. Either way, this is one we’ll be watching.
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