Infoblox Inc. (NYSE:BLOX), the network control company, today 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 of Vista 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 to Infoblox. Vista’s legal advisor is Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
Infoblox (NYSE: BLOX) delivers Actionable Network Intelligence to enterprise, government, and service provider customers around the world. As the industry leader in DNS, DHCP, and IP address management, the category known as DDI, Infoblox (www.infoblox.com) provides control and security from the core—empowering thousands of organizations to increase efficiency and visibility, reduce risk, and improve customer experience.
About Vista Equity Partners
Vista Equity Partners, a U.S.-based private equity firm with offices in Austin, Chicago and San Francisco, with more than $26 billion in cumulative capital commitments, currently invests in software, data and technology-based organizations led by world-class management teams with long-term perspective. Vista is a value-added investor, contributing professional expertise and multi-level support towards companies realizing their full potential. Vista’s investment approach is anchored by a sizable long-term capital base, experience in structuring technology-oriented transactions, and proven management techniques that yield flexibility and opportunity in private equity investing. For more information, please visit www.vistaequitypartners.com.
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Additional Information and Where to Find It
The tender offer described in this communication has not yet commenced and this communication is not a recommendation or an offer to purchase or a solicitation of an offer to sell shares of Infoblox Inc. (the “Company”). At the time the tender offer is commenced India Merger Sub, Inc. (“Merger Sub”) will file with the SEC a Tender Offer Statement on Schedule TO, containing an offer to purchase, form of letter of transmittal and related tender offer documents, and the Company will file with the SEC a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 relating to the tender offer. Merger Sub and the Company intend to mail these documents to the stockholders of the Company. These documents, as they may be amended from time to time, will contain important information about the tender offer and stockholders of the Company are urged to read them carefully when they become available. Stockholders of the Company will be able to obtain a free copy of these documents, when they become available, at the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. In addition, the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement and the other documents filed by the Company with the SEC will be made available to all stockholders of the Company free of charge at http://ir.infoblox.com
John Christiansen / Megan Bouchier
Sard Verbinnen & Co
For Vista Equity Partners