Avast Set to Acquire AVG for $1.3BN USD

avast-2016Avast Software is set to acquire rival anti-virus solution provider AVG Technologies for $1.3 billion, according to a press release put out by Avast yesterday.

Avast will offer to purchase all of the outstanding ordinary shares of AVG for $25.00 per share in cash, in a deal that would combine Avast’s and AVG’s users into a network of more than 400 million endpoints, of which 160 million are mobile. Avast has said that it hopes the acquisition will help the company expand into emerging markets, and “gain scale, technological depth, and geographical breadth.”

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Both companies have roots in the Czech Republic but have large footprints in the international anti-virus markets.

“We are in a rapidly changing industry, and this acquisition gives us the breadth and technological depth to be the security provider of choice for our current and future customers,” said Vince Steckler, chief executive officer of Avast Software. “Combining the strengths of two great tech companies, both founded in the Czech Republic and with a common culture and mission, will put us in a great position to take advantage of the new opportunities ahead, such as security for the enormous growth in IoT.”

This deal has been unanimously approved by the Management Board and Supervisory Board of Avast, as well as the Management Board and Supervisory Board of AVG but still need to be approved and accepted by AVG shareholders.

“We believe that joining forces with Avast, a private company with significant resources, fully supports our growth objectives and represents the best interests of our stockholders,” said Gary Kovacs, chief executive officer, AVG. “Our new scale will allow us to accelerate investments in growing markets and continue to focus on providing comprehensive and simple-to-use solutions for consumers and businesses, alike.”

 

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Jeff Edwards is an enterprise technology writer and analyst covering Identity Management, SIEM, Endpoint Protection, and Cybersecurity writ large.He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and previously worked as a reporter covering Boston City Hall.
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