Infoblox Inc (NYSE:BLOX) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Vista Equity Partners (“Vista”), a leading private equity firm focused on software, data and technology-enabled businesses. Under the terms of the agreement, Infoblox stockholders will receive $26.50 per share of common stock in cash, which represents a 33% premium to Infoblox’s average closing share price over the last 60 trading days, and a 73% premium to Infoblox’s unaffected closing price as of May 11, 2016, when media reports of interest in acquiring Infoblox were first published. The transaction values Infoblox at approximately $1.6 billion. The agreement was unanimously approved by Infoblox’s Board of Directors.
“Vista has an excellent track record of supporting and adding value to technology companies, and we are thrilled to bring on a partner of their caliber and strategic expertise,” said Jesper Andersen, President and CEO of Infoblox. “This transaction will provide immediate and substantial value to Infoblox stockholders, while also giving Infoblox greater flexibility to execute on our long-term strategy to drive increased DDI automation and DNS security into the enterprise market. We are excited to begin our partnership with Vista and look forward to leveraging their operational insights as we continue to deliver the industry-leading products, solutions and customer service on which our customers rely.”
“As all industries are moving to the cloud in record speed, and as connected devices proliferate, companies depend more than ever on network automation and security,” said Brian Sheth, Co-Founder and President ofVista Equity Partners. “Infoblox is the trusted market leader in DDI solutions, and their strategy and portfolio of secure automated networking solutions make the company uniquely positioned to deliver for its customers. We are looking forward to working with the talented team at Infoblox to support the company’s strategic vision and grow its industry leadership.”
Infoblox’s Board of Directors received and thoroughly evaluated multiple indications of interest before deciding to proceed with this transaction. The transaction will be effected by means of a tender offer followed by a merger, and the Infoblox Board of Directors unanimously recommends Infoblox stockholders tender their shares in the offer. The transaction is expected to close in Infoblox’s fiscal second quarter, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. Infoblox will maintain its corporate headquarters in Santa Clara, California and continue to be led by its current executive team.
For further information regarding the terms and conditions contained in the definitive merger agreement, please see Infoblox’s Current Report on Form 8-K, which will be filed in connection with this transaction.
Morgan Stanley is acting as exclusive financial advisor and Fenwick & West LLP is acting as legal advisor toInfoblox. Vista’s legal advisor is Kirkland & Ellis LLP. (Original Source)
Shares of Infoblox are currently trading at $26.25, up $3.42 or 15%. BLOX has a 1-year high of $26.29 and a 1-year low of $13.22. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $20.62 and its 200-day moving average is $18.22.
On the ratings front, Infoblox has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. In a report issued on September 1, Needham analyst Alex Henderson reiterated a Hold rating on BLOX. Separately, on August 30, Cowen’s Paul Silverstein maintained a Buy rating on the stock and has a price target of $28.
According to TipRanks.com, which ranks over 7,500 financial analysts and bloggers to gauge the performance of their past recommendations, Alex Henderson and Paul Silverstein have a total average return of 12.7% and 32.7% respectively. Henderson has a success rate of 57% and is ranked #125 out of 4163 analysts, while Silverstein has a success rate of 77% and is ranked #106.
The street is mostly Bullish on BLOX stock. Out of 4 analysts who cover the stock, 2 suggest a Buy rating , one suggests a Sell and one recommends to Hold the stock. The 12-month average price target assigned to the stock is $22.67, which implies a downside of 13.7% from current levels.
Infoblox Inc. provides automated network control and appliance-based solutions, which enable dynamic networks and next-generation data centers. Its solution combines real-time IP address management with the automation of key network control and network change and configuration management processes in purpose-built physical and virtual appliances. It is based on proprietary software that is highly scalable and automates vital network functions, such as IP address management, device configuration, compliance, network discovery, policy implementation, security and monitoring. In addition, the solutions use real-time distributed network database to provide always-on access to network control data through a scalable, redundant and reliable architecture.