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Cars 12.3-billion-Deal: Thomas Bravo buys IT security specialists ProOFPoint

23:20  26 april  2021
23:20  26 april  2021 Source:   t3n.de

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The Private Equity Company Thomas Bravo specializing in the software and technology sector buys the IT security provider Proofpoint and sets 12.3 billion US Dollar on the table.

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In the fall of 2019, Financial Investor Thomas Bravo had snapped the British antivirus manufacturer Sophos - for $ 3.9 billion. In addition, the private equity firm includes shares in the companies that are also dedicated to IT security area Logrhythm and Imprivata. Now Thomas Bravo's whopping 12.3 billion dollars takes in the hand to engage the Security AS-A service provider PROOFPOINT .

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proofpoint in sales over expectations

The offer comes on the same day, where proofpoint has published its balance sheet for the first quarter 2021 . In it, the company reports an increase in sales of 15 percent to $ 287.8 million - which was slightly over the expectations of the analysts. Losses could be reduced from $ 66.8 million to $ 45.3 million.

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Technology Ranche The very positive quarter numbers were not the reason for course explosion on Monday. The price of the proofpoint share listed on the NASDAQ jumped by around 30 percent - for which mainly the offer of Thomas Bravo is responsible. Because the financial investor wants to pay investors 176 dollars per share. This corresponds to a surcharge of around 34 percent compared to the closing price of Friday, as TechCrunch writes .

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Thomas Bravo pays 5 billion more

in market capitalization. Thomas Bravo pays a surcharge of just under five billion dollars. The deal is not still in dry towels. By the 9th of June, potential prospects have time to give an even higher offer. If the investors agree to the offer of Thomas Bravo and the deal will be granted by the proofpoint board, the takeover in the third quarter of this year could go over the stage. Provided, of course, there are no concerns of regulatory authorities.

proofpoint was also on acquisition tour in recent years. For example, the company took over Cloudmark, Weblife, Oberserveit and Meta Networks at prices in the three-digit million area. At the same time, proofpoint has to deal with a rising number of competitors such as Symantec , Mimecast, Trend Micro and Barracuda and a steadily increasing cyber threat layer. In any case, the market for security-as-a-service has potential. According to analysts, he should swell to a volume of around 26 billion dollars by 2025.

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