Symantec and The Carlyle Group Amend Terms of Veritas Purchase Agreement
Mountain View, Calif. and Washington, DC – Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ:SYMC) and The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ:CG) today announced that they have amended the purchase agreement for Carlyle's acquisition of Symantec's Veritas information management business. Under the amended terms, the purchase price will be $7.4 billion. Symantec and Carlyle also agreed to increase the amount of offshore cash remaining in Veritas from $200 million to $400 million, which will result in a net consideration to Symantec of $7 billion. This consideration will consist of $6.6 billion in cash and a $400 million equity interest in Veritas. Upon closing of the transaction, Symantec expects to receive approximately $5.3 billion in after-tax cash proceeds and the equity interest in Veritas compared to $6.3 billion after-tax proceeds under the prior purchase agreement.
Symantec and Carlyle entered into the amended terms after uncertainties developed regarding the transaction. Both Symantec and Carlyle believe that all key conditions to closing have been satisfied and intend to close the transaction on January 29, 2016.
Michael A. Brown, Symantec president and CEO, said, "In a difficult environment, we can move forward with a high degree of certainty around closing a transaction that represents attractive value for shareholders. In addition, this transaction will allow Symantec to further focus and accelerate its strategy as the world's leading cybersecurity company."
Peter Clare, Carlyle Managing Director and Co-Head of US Buyouts, said, "Carlyle remains excited about the long-term value creation opportunity at Veritas and looks forward to closing the acquisition on January 29th."
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC is serving as financial advisor to Symantec and Fenwick & West LLP is serving as legal counsel to Symantec. Alston & Bird LLP and Latham & Watkins LLP are serving as legal counsel to Carlyle.
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About The Carlyle Group
The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) is a global alternative asset manager with $188 billion of assets under management across 126 funds and 160 fund of funds vehicles as of September 30, 2015. Carlyle's purpose is to invest wisely and create value on behalf of its investors, many of whom are public pensions. Carlyle invests across four segments – Corporate Private Equity, Real Assets, Global Market Strategies and investment Solutions – in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and South America. Carlyle has expertise in various industries, including: aerospace, defense & government services, consumer & retail, energy, financial services, healthcare, industrial, real estate, technology & business services, telecommunications & media and transportation. The Carlyle Group employs more than 1,700 people in 35 offices across six continents.
This press release contains statements regarding the closing and benefits of Symantec's sale of Veritas toThe CarlyleGroup, which may be considered forward-looking within the meaning of the U.S. federal securities laws. These statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause such timing to differ from that expressed or implied in this press release. Such risk factors include the risk of continued satisfaction of the closing conditions set forth in the definitive agreement for the transaction, the risk that the transaction may not be completed when expected, and risks associated with the future value of Symantec's equity interest in the Veritas acquiror. We assume no obligation, and do not intend, to update these forward-looking statements as a result of future events or developments.
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