Cyber security group Splunk and Cisco reach a $28 billion agreement
Cisco which has been a prominent figure in the tech industry unveiled a development about an acquisition valued at $28 billion with Splunk, a respected software manufacturer headquartered in the tech hub of San Jose, California. Cisco will exchange $157 in cash for each Splunk share which represents a substantial premium of 31%.
Through this acquisition, Cisco is planning to increase its cybersecurity services including the development of cutting-edge tools designed to shield users and digital enterprises from the ever-looming threat of data breaches.
Gary Steele, the President and CEO of Splunk expressed his enthusiasm about the deal, emphasizing its role in accelerating Splunk's mission to bolster global organizational resilience while simultaneously delivering immediate value to their shareholders.
Splunk was founded in 2003 as a data-sifting powerhouse is well-deserved. It aids companies in navigating datasets to uncover security threats that could potentially destroy their operations.
In the fiscal quarter that ended on July 31, Splunka had an annual recurring revenue of $3.9 billion which signifies a 16% increase compared to the same period the previous year.
Splunk's journey trransitioned from a licensing model to a subscription-based structure, coupled with soaring demand for its cybersecurity products, attracted significant attention from prominent U.S. investors.
Cisco, with its forward-looking vision anticipates that this merger will yield positive cash flow and boost its gross margin within the initial fiscal year post-acquisition. The company is gearing up to finalize this momentous deal by the conclusion of the third quarter in 2024.
However, this transaction is meant to attract the scrutiny of antitrust regulators in Washington, particularly those with a watchful eye on substantial tech deals. Any in-depth examination by competition watchdogs could potentially prolong the timeline for completing this merger adding an extra layer of complexity to this transformative endeavor.