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  • Chris Bratton - Tech Journalist

McAfee ongoing dealing: Selling the company for over $10B to Advent

McAfee remains one of the oldest computer security compliance companies in the world. Though controversies never fail to surround it, business is still going strong as no one can look down on cybersecurity measures. One of the most recent controversies for the company was charging a higher price to old subscription holders than new customers. It made regular customers or subscribers quite frustrated. Though they made policy changes, the CEO’s death and prolonged topics remain attached to McAfee’s surroundings.

Intel purchased San Jose, CA-based international cybersecurity company McAfee in February 2011, and since then, it’s been a product of their security essential. Currently, McAfee (NASDAQ: MCFE) has $25.58 per stock price, which rose $4.25 (20.04 per cent) since Friday market close. On September 7, the price of shares was the highest, proving their worth in the current market.

McAfee Corp on Monday told US-based privacy equity firm Advent International would take cyber security company into acquisition potential for a $14 billion deal. It would be the third-largest buyout of a cybersecurity company of all time. Previous large buyouts were Thoma Bravo’s $12.3 billion purchase of Proofpoint and $10.7 billion buyouts of Broadcom’s Symantec. Broadcom brought Symantec’s operational enterprise business.

Though the start of cybersecurity services started long ago, IPO began at a later date. Last year, the company went public and raised more than $740 million on a $9.5 billion valuation. The record broke when McAfee became the highest market cap holder for a new cybersecurity company.

When US tech entrepreneur John McAfee founded the company in 1987, his vision was to bring commercial antivirus programs to the market. The concept came to reality when Intel saw its potential and bought the company in 2011. Since then, John has had no involvement with the company. But McAfee, as a company after starting interaction with Intel, proliferated. The company now has retail partners, reasonable retention rates and a loyal customer base. Millions use McAfee’s cybersecurity programs on a regular basis, among which a large number is paid customers.

Investor group looking forward to buying the company with $26 per common share value, totalling $12 billion based on equity. Several portals contacted McAfee on their latest venture, but they didn’t respond to any of them. Private equity firm TPG owns most of McAfee’s Class A stocks. Thoma Bravo and Snowflake also has 10 per cent of Class A stocks, respectively. The initials were disclosed by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

The majority of the companies Class B stocks are owned by Intel which they got in possession of by $7.6 billion in 2011. TPG bought it later in 2017 for $4.2 billion. Intel, the retainer of minority stakes at the moment and Thoma Bravo saw the potential of $467 million revenue in Q1, though it is an excellent time to hand over the company. We hope the decision will improve the products they bring to the market and improve currently available services.

Us cybersecurity company Norton LifeLock Inc agreed to buy London-listed consumer cybersecurity software Avast Plc. Avast is a market rival of Norton, serving antivirus, anti-malware, internet protection, malware protection, key encryption, file backup and similar services. The deal is up for $8.6 billion, which may remove the rivalry and potentially growth in business by working closely together.

As previous financial advisers to McAfee remain Goldman Sachs & Co LLC and Morgan Stanley & CO LLC. McAfee, in a report, explained the matter specifically from where we sourced the information and took the liberty of researching other top journals where they were ignored to comment by the company.


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