Updated Sep 21, 2023 - Economy

Cisco buying cybersecurity company Splunk for $28B

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Cisco on Thursday announced an agreement to buy cybersecurity and observability company Splunk for about $28 billion.

The big picture: Legacy tech giants are usually the last to recognize they're being disrupted, but that doesn't seem to be the case with AI.

  • Expect a lot more of these sorts of mergers, even if the targets aren't AI-native.

Details: The $157 per share offer represents over a 31% premium to Wednesday's closing price for Splunk shares.

  • The last time Splunk traded above $157 per share was in early 2021.
  • It's the networking giant's largest acquisition. Cisco says the merger will add roughly $4 billion in ARR, boosting its subscription and recurring revenue efforts.
  • The purchase price will be financed via a combination of cash and debt, with a final closing by the end of Q3 2024, the company said.

What they're saying: "This will help our customers move from threat detection and response to threat prediction and prevention," said Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins during a conference call Thursday morning.

  • "In terms of observability, our complimentary capabilities will offer observability for the full IT stack, from the application to the network, across hybrid and multi-cloud environments."

Editor's note: This story was updated with additional details about the deal.

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