7 Dec 2020
Investcorp today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell Avira (or the “Company”) to NortonLifeLock (NASDAQ: NLOK), a global leader in consumer Cyber Safety, for approximately US $360 million. The transaction is expected to close in Q1 2021, subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.
Avira is a Germany-headquartered, global cybersecurity software solutions firm serving the Consumer and OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) end markets. Founded in 1986 by Tjark Auerbach, Avira provides customers with a comprehensive suite of software security solutions, including anti-malware, threat intelligence and IoT solutions to protect users’ online identity, finances, and private data.
Investcorp became Avira’s first institutional investor when it acquired the Company and has collaborated with Avira to drive organic growth and materially increase EBITDA, while further enhancing the Company’s suite of cybersecurity offerings and footprint through a strategic add-on acquisition. The sale of Avira is the first exit from the US $400 million Investcorp Technology Partners Fund IV.
“NortonLifeLock and Avira are fiercely dedicated to helping protect consumers’ digital lives,” said Travis Witteveen, CEO, Avira. “We are thrilled to become part of NortonLifeLock – a company that is synonymous with trust and leadership in Cyber Safety. By leveraging the scale of NortonLifeLock, we can reach.
Gilbert Kamieniecky, Managing Director and Head of Investcorp’s Technology Private Equity business, said: “Our investment in Avira is another great case study for how we are able to leverage our expertise in European Tech to help founders to strengthen and accelerate the growth of their businesses. We believe this transaction reflects our ability to quickly execute an ambitious organic and inorganic growth strategy alongside a Company’s management team. The opportunity to combine Avira with NortonLifeLock was too compelling to ignore, for the organization and we wish the company the best as it builds a strong European footprint for the combined entity.”
Yusef Al Yusef, Managing Partner for Investcorp’s Private Wealth said: “This transaction is another testament of our ability to invest and execute on our growth strategy. Avira was another high-quality addition to our Technology Partners portfolio, representing an attractive opportunity to invest in a cybersecurity business, and we are proud of the progress they have built overtime.”
- NortonLifeLock: The Avira Acquisition Opens New Doors in Consumer Cybersecurity The $360 million acquisition of its rival gives the company a deeper penetration into gaming and IoT-related.
- NortonLifeLock is buying the antivirus provider from InvestCorp Technology Partners, which acquired Avira in April for $180 million. Avira’s existing CEO and chief technology officer will both.
Investcorp has established a market leading position of investing in lower mid-market technology companies with a successful track record in the Data / Analytics, IT Security and Fintech / Payment sectors. Investcorp’s other investments from its latest technology fund include Ubisense’s SmartSpace, the enterprise software and sensor Real-Time Location Solutions platform; softgarden, a Human Resources software provider; Calligo, a proprietary cloud solution; Ageras, an online marketplace matching SMEs with professional service providers; Impero, a provider of online student safety and classroom and network management software; and Contentserv, a product information management solutions provider.
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TEMPE, Ariz. & TETTNANG, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NortonLifeLock (NASDAQ: NLOK), a global leader in consumer Cyber Safety, today announced it has agreed to acquire Avira in an all-cash transaction for approximately $360 million from Investcorp Technology Partners. Avira provides a consumer-focused portfolio of cybersecurity and privacy solutions to a strong base in Europe and key emerging markets.
“I am delighted to welcome Avira to the Norton family,” said Vincent Pilette, CEO, NortonLifeLock. “We strive to bring Cyber Safety to everyone, and acquiring Avira adds a growing business to our portfolio, accelerates our international growth and expands our go-to-market model with a leading freemium solution. Culturally, we are a great match. We share a relentless focus on delivering innovative products to customers and we always think customer-first. We cannot wait to get started with Avira.”
“NortonLifeLock and Avira are fiercely dedicated to helping protect consumers’ digital lives,” said Travis Witteveen, CEO, Avira. “We are thrilled to become part of NortonLifeLock – a company that is synonymous with trust and leadership in Cyber Safety. By leveraging the scale of NortonLifeLock, we can reach and protect more consumers around the globe.”
“We were pioneers in delivering comprehensive Cyber Safety to consumers via our Norton 360 platform, and now with the addition of Avira’s product capabilities and solutions, we can better serve a broader set of consumers with our combined portfolio and a freemium business model,” said Gagan Singh, chief product officer, NortonLifeLock.
Expected Strategic and Financial Benefits
- Advances NortonLifeLock’s aspiration to bring Cyber Safety to everyone.
- Accelerates international growth in Europe and key emerging markets.
- Brings freemium business model and 30M+ active devices to the Norton family.
- Adds approximately 3 points of growth to our revenue with more than 1.5M paying customers
- Financially accretive in the first year, to achieve approximately 50% operating margin post-synergies.
Upon deal close, Avira CEO Travis Witteveen and CTO Matthias Ollig will join the NortonLifeLock leadership team. Subject to regulatory and customary closing conditions, the acquisition is expected to close in the Fiscal 2021 fourth quarter and is not expected to be material to Fiscal 2021 Q4 results.
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About NortonLifeLock Inc.
NortonLifeLock Inc. (NASDAQ: NLOK) is a global leader in consumer Cyber Safety. NortonLifeLock is dedicated to helping secure the devices, identities, online privacy, and home and family needs of approximately 50 million consumers, providing them with a trusted ally in a complex digital world. For more information, please visit www.nortonlifelock.com.
Avira protects people in the connected world — enabling everyone to manage and secure their digital lives. Avira provides a consumer-focused portfolio of security and privacy solutions for Windows and Mac computers, Android and iOS smartphones, home networks, and smart devices (IoT). All Avira features are available as licensed SDKs and APIs. Working together, Avira and its partners protect more than 500 million devices globally. Avira solutions consistently achieve best-in-class results from independent security tests.
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For more information about Avira visit www.Avira.com.
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