NetScout Systems Completes Acquisition of Danaher’s Communications Business (7/14/15)
WESTFORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NetScout Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTCT), an industry leader in service assurance solutions, announced that it has completed the acquisition of Danaher Corporation’s (NYSE: DHR) Communications Business.
The transaction was valued at $2.3 billion, based on the issuance of 62.5 million shares of NetScout common stock, which closed yesterday at $36.89 per share, to Danaher’s shareholders. Acquiring the Tektronix Communications, Arbor Networks and parts of the Fluke Networks businesses from Danaher Corporation accelerates NetScout’s strategic progress by enabling the Company to offer a broader range of innovative service assurance and cyber security solutions. These solutions provide service providers, enterprises and public sector agencies with the intelligence and analytics required to help them maximize the benefits of powerful technology advances such as IP convergence, virtualization, cloud computing, mobility, bring your own device (BYOD) and the evolving Internet. The combined company will be well positioned to help its customers drive ROI on their network and broader IT initiatives while reducing the tangible risks associated with downtime, poor service quality and compromised security.
“This acquisition represents an important milestone for NetScout that enhances our ability to drive value for customers, stockholders, employees and other stakeholders,” stated Anil Singhal, president and CEO. “With a broader range of market-leading capabilities and technologies, as well as more extensive, global go-to-market and distribution resources, NetScout will be better positioned to capitalize on the many exciting opportunities we see to further expand our customer relationships around the world. We welcome over 2,000 new colleagues to NetScout and collectively, we are looking forward to realizing the Company’s potential in the marketplace.”
As previously disclosed, upon the completion of the transaction, James A. Lico, executive vice president with responsibility for Danaher’s Test & Measurement segment and Gilbarco Veeder-Root business, has been appointed to NetScout’s Board of Directors. With the appointment of Mr. Lico, NetScout’s Board of Directors has been expanded to eight members. An updated biography for Mr. Lico, age 49, is available on NetScout’s website at http://www.netscout.com/company/about-netscout/board-of-directors/.
NetScout also announced today that it has secured a new five-year, $800 million senior secured revolving credit facility that replaces its previous revolving credit facility of $250 million. The new credit facility can be used to support general working capital requirements as well as to help finance the repurchase of NetScout’s common stock under its recently approved 20 million share common stock repurchase plan. The new facility was led by a syndicate of banks with J.P. Morgan Securities LLC acting as the lead arranger.
About NetScout Systems, Inc.
NetScout Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTCT) is a market leader in service assurance solutions that enable enterprise and service provider organizations to assure the quality of the user experience for business and mobile services. NetScout technology helps these organizations proactively manage service delivery and identify emerging performance problems, helping to quickly resolve issues that cause business disruptions or negatively impact users of information technology.
Danaher Announces Preliminary Results of Split-Off Exchange Offer in Connection with NetScout Transaction; Completes Merger (7/14/15)
-- Danaher completed the merger of its Communications businesses (including Tektronix Communications, Arbor Networks and parts of Fluke Networks) with NetScout in a tax-free transaction to create a premier global provider of network management solutions for carrier and enterprise customers.
WASHINGTON, July 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Danaher Corporation (NYSE: DHR) announced today the preliminary results of its exchange offer for Danaher common stock in connection with the previously announced separation of Danaher's Communications business and the merger of Potomac Holding LLC, the Danaher subsidiary holding its Communications business, with a subsidiary of NetScout Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTCT). Danaher has accepted shares of Danaher common stock tendered in the exchange offer, subject to proration, and the merger has closed.
In the exchange offer, Danaher shareholders had the option to exchange some, none or all of their shares of Danaher common stock for Potomac Holding LLC common units, subject to proration. As a result of the closing of the merger, each Potomac Holding LLC common unit has been automatically converted into the right to receive one share of NetScout common stock. As a result, Danaher shareholders who tendered their shares of Danaher common stock as part of the exchange offer will receive approximately 2.4000 shares of NetScout common stock for each share of Danaher common stock tendered and accepted for exchange.
Exchange Offer Results
Pursuant to the exchange offer, which expired at midnight, New York City time, on July 13, 2015, and based on a preliminary count by the exchange agent, a total of approximately 31,249,037 shares of Danaher common stock were validly tendered and not properly withdrawn prior to the expiration of the exchange offer, including 12,556,040 shares tendered pursuant to guaranteed delivery procedures. The total number of shares tendered includes an estimated 175,603 shares of Danaher common stock tendered by odd-lot shareholders (excluding certain plan participants in Danaher savings plans) not subject to proration. Danaher will exchange a total of 26,041,666 shares of Danaher common stock in the exchange offer.
Based on the total number of shares of Danaher common stock reported to be tendered and not properly withdrawn prior to the expiration of the exchange offer, including shares tendered pursuant to guaranteed delivery procedures, the exchange offer was oversubscribed by approximately 5,207,371 shares, resulting in a preliminary proration factor of approximately 83.24 percent.
Danaher will not be able to determine the final proration factor until the end of the exchange offer's guaranteed delivery period at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on July 16, 2015. Danaher will publicly announce the final proration factor, which may be different from today's preliminary estimate, after it has been determined.
Because more than 26,041,666 shares of Danaher common stock were tendered, following the closing of the merger, all Potomac Holding LLC common units owned by Danaher have been deposited with the exchange agent for distribution in the exchange offer.
Danaher is a global science and technology innovator committed to helping its customers solve complex challenges and improving quality of life around the world. Its family of world class brands have unparalleled leadership positions in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including health care, environmental and industrial. The company's globally diverse team of 71,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System. In 2014, Danaher generated $19.9 billion in revenue and its market capitalization exceeded $60 billion. For more information please visit www.danaher.com.
Statements in this release that are not strictly historical, including statements regarding the expected effects of the proposed distribution of the Communications business to Danaher stockholders and the combination of such business with NetScout (the "Transaction"), the anticipated timing and terms of the Transaction and any other statements regarding events or developments that Danaher believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future, are "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. There are a number of important risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, developments and business decisions to differ materially from those suggested or indicated by such forward-looking statements and you should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among other things, the parties' ability to complete the Transaction on the anticipated terms and schedule, including the anticipated tax treatment for the Transaction, the risk that the Transaction will harm Danaher's business, and the risk of deterioration of or instability in the business performance of the Communications business or NetScout, of their respective served markets or in the general economy.
Additional information regarding the factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements is available in Danaher's SEC filings, including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release and Danaher assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events and developments or otherwise.
This communication does not constitute an offer to buy, or a solicitation of an offer to sell, any securities of NetScout, Danaher's Communications business or Danaher. In connection with the Transaction, Potomac Holding LLC has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") a registration statement on Form S-4 and Form S-1 in connection with its separation from Danaher, and NetScout has filed with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4, each of which includes a prospectus. Investors and security holders are urged to read the registration statements, the prospectus and any other relevant documents, because they contain important information about NetScout, the Communications business of Danaher and the Transaction. The registration statements, the prospectus and other relevant documents relating to the Transaction can be obtained free of charge from the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. These documents can also be obtained free of charge from Danaher's website at investors.danaher.com/netscout or upon written request to NetScout Systems, Inc., Investor Relations, 310 Littleton Road Westford, MA 01886 or by calling 978-614-4279.
TENDER OFFER DOCUMENTS
On May 14, 2015, Danaher filed with the SEC a tender offer statement on Schedule TO regarding the exchange offer for the split-off of the Communications business as part of the proposed Transaction. Investors and security holders are urged to read the tender offer statement (as updated and amended) because it contains important information about the Transaction.
Investors and security holders may obtain a free copy of the tender offer statement and other documents filed by Danaher with the SEC on the SEC's web site at www.sec.gov. The tender offer statement and other documents may also be obtained free of charge from Danaher's website at investors.danaher.com/netscout.
SOURCE Danaher Corporation
NetScout added to S&P small cap 600 index
S&P to make substitution in SmallCap 600 index
Standard & Poor's to replace Bankrate with NetScout Systems in SmallCap 600 index
* On Tuesday September 15, 2009, 6:26 pm EDT
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Standard & Poor's said Tuesday that NetScout Systems Inc. will replace Bankrate Inc. in its S&P SmallCap 600 index after the close of trading Wednesday.
Apax Partners is acquiring Bankrate in a deal expected to close on or about Wednesday.
NetScout, listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market, makes and sells management products. It is based in Westford, Mass.
Its shares rose 67 cents, or 5.5 percent, to $12.79 in regular trading Tuesday, then gained another 71 cents, or 5.6 percent, to $13.50 in extended trading.
Bankrate shares were unchanged in regular trading and fell a penny to $28.47 in extended tradin
$11.50 today? Looking good for the top.
buildijg to $;9.50
gottta llooovvveee it....
bottom channel today....$8.70
true... when it moves it can move fast on low volume on a daily basis...
can't pm but yes, I've been looking at it since I noticed
your play from the ASFX board.
Got a bit earlier... quite nice.
They don't seem to want to let it reach 10 yet. Maybe after earnings when they get a few more eyes on it.
SJ, are you still playing ntct?
will continue today... looks like short covering time and
pps will return gradually to levels of $14 or better over the
next several months....
plenty of trading chop to have fun with on day-to-day trades.
I love the volatility great for short trades =]
good luck... I got out. what a mess.
will wait for the dust to settle a bit.
Glad I stayed liquid (like always) I am buying at close for flip next week.
you got it.... I picked up a bunch at $7.80-$8.00
Very happy at the moment.... still expect to see
rough waters ahead and a final 2009 pps of $18.
I expect to see a healthy bounce..
Shares of NTCT are looking very strong of late with the stochastics breaking its down trendline and and now in a strong uptrend...but far from overbought. The upside volume is also considerably stronger than the down side volume. Yesterday the stock had closed back above its 13 day moving average and today bumped up against the all-important 20 day moving average. With a definitive close above this average, institutions will become very interested in the stock. Looks like it may be a good idea to start buying at these levels before the "big-boys" take notice.
After a stellar performance on Wednesday on heavy volume, shares of NTCT held most of the gains and fell on considerably lighter volume. Stochastics is pointing higher and emerging from oversold territory. I think shares will retest the 200 day MA at around $11.00
NetScout Q2 Guidance Above Street - Up 22%
Boston, Oct 08, 2008 (MidnightTrader via COMTEX) --
NetScout Systems (NTCT) expects Q2 EPS of $0.10 to $0.12 on sales of
$68 million to $69 million and adjusted EPS of $0.21 to $0.23 on sales
of $72 million to $73 million respectively.
The FC mean is for EPS of $0.14 on sales of $65.2 million. Analysts
typically exclude one-time items from their estimates.