Global communications technology giant ARRIS has agreed to acquire struggling video networking company BigBand Networks for $2.24 per share, in cash, the company announced this morning. The purchase price equates to a diluted equity value of approximately $172 million, or $53 million net of estimated BigBand cash on hand.
The acquisition will be conducted by means of a tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of BigBand, which is expected to commence within ten business days and will be subject to customary closing conditions.
BigBand Networks provides broadband service providers with digital video networking solutions designed to make it easier to distribute, manage and monetize video. The company says it has done business with more than 200 customers in North America, Asia and Europe, including eight of the ten largest cable and telco service providers in the United States and Canada.
ARRIS says the proposed deal will extend its capabilities in the processing, management and distribution of digital video content. Another important aspect of the decision to acquire BigBand was the latter’s patent portfolio, ARRIS says in a statement.
Upon closing, ARRIS says it anticipates optimizing BigBand’s financial performance through the elimination of public company costs and the alignment of sales, marketing, and RD initiatives.
The board of directors of BigBand has recommended that the shareholders of BigBand accept the tender offer. Redpoint Ventures and ValueAct Capital Partners, holders of 32 percent of the outstanding shares of BigBand, have agreed to tender their shares in the offer.
Completion of the acquisition is expected to occur later this year.
- BIGBAND NETWORKS
- ARRIS GROUP
BigBand Networks, Inc. develops, markets, and sells network-based platforms in the United States and internationally.
BigBand’s network-based platforms enable cable operators and telecommunications companies to offer video services across coaxial, fiber, and copper networks.
Their software and hardware solutions are used to offer video services commercially to tens of millions of subscribers, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and have been successfully deployed by service providers worldwide, including major service providers in the U.S.
ARRIS Group, Inc., a global communications technology company, provides integrated broadband network solutions. The company develops, manufactures and supplies cable telephony, video and high-speed data equipment. The company provides products and equipment principally to cable system operators and, more specifically, to Multiple System Operators (MSOs).
ARRIS Group, Inc. was founded in 1969.