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Cisco announced a record-high acquisition đź””

16:08 22 September 2023

In a significant move for the technology industry, Cisco Systems (CSCO.US) has announced its intention to acquire the cybersecurity firm, Splunk, for an estimated $28 billion, which implies a buyout for $157 per share. This represents Cisco's largest-ever acquisition, driven by its ambition to bolster its software business and to harness the potential of artificial intelligence. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter of 2024, and Cisco predicts that these synergies will improve gross margins and non-GAAP earnings within two years.

  • Cisco is an American-based multinational digital communications technology conglomerate corporation, renowned globally as a prominent manufacturer of hardware, software, telecommunications equipment. Cisco seeks to diminish its dependence on this primary business domain that has witnessed challenges due to supply chain disruptions and dwindling post-pandemic demand. 
  • Splunk, recognized for its expertise in helping organizations enhance digital resilience, offers technology that aids businesses in monitoring and analyzing their data to reduce hacking risks and address technical issues efficiently.

This acquisition is rooted in strategic synergies. As a joint force, Cisco and Splunk aim to transition from mere threat detection and response to predictive threat management, positioning themselves as one of the world's leading software entities. The collaboration is set to accelerate Cisco's business transformation towards generating more recurring revenue. The integration of these two AI and security pioneers is anticipated to augment organizational security and resilience. Splunk's security capabilities will enhance Cisco's existing portfolio, delivering comprehensive security analytics from devices to clouds. Moreover, the acquisition will ensure observability across diverse cloud environments, allowing for improved application experiences essential for digital businesses. The deal is projected to conclude by the third quarter of 2024, following regulatory approvals and other standard closing conditions. Both companies have highlighted their shared values, with an emphasis on innovation and inclusion, assuring that the consolidated entity will remain a leading destination for software talent.

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After announcing the acquisition decision yesterday, Cisco's shares dropped by 3.90% at the close of the session, while Splunk closed with a 20% rise in stock. However, looking from a long-term perspective, Cisco's shares are still in an upward trend. In the long run, the transaction should positively impact the company's revenues by expanding its offer and optimizing some segments. Yet, until that point, it will be crucial to organize all business segments properly and integrate Splunk into the group effectively to derive maximum value from potential synergies. Source xStation 5

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