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