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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Carbon Black (CBLK) to be acquired by VMware (VMW) for $26/share

  • Carbon Black went public less than a month after Pivotal, and is similar in that it offers cloud software that focuses on securing other companies’ usage of cloud software. Carbon Black sold IPO shares at $19 apiece, but had been trading lower than that level for months before a strong earnings report in May sent shares higher. 

VMware (VMW) to acquire Carbon Black for $26/share in cash - representing an enterprise value of $2.1 bln
Under the terms of the Carbon Black merger agreement, Carbon Black stockholders will receive $26 per share cash for each share held, resulting in a net cash payout for VMware of $1.9 billion. The transaction will be funded through cash on the balance sheet and access to short-term borrowing capacity. Closing is expected in the second half of VMware's fiscal year 2020, which ends January 31, 2020.

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