MOUNTAIN VIEW — Cyber security company Symantec Corp. is selling its Enterprise Security assets, which include the Symantec name, to Broadcom Inc., for $10.7 billion in cash. The transaction, which was approved by Symantec’s Board of Directors, is expected to close before the end of the calendar year pending regulatory approvals.
Symantec said it would return the proceeds from the sale to investors with a $12 special dividend sometime next year. Shares in Symantec were up $2.51 or 12.3% to close at $22.92 Thursday.
“Symantec has a long history of offering unparalleled cyber technology,” said Daniel H. Schulman, Chairman of the Symantec Board of Directors. “It is a testament to our market leadership and dedication to the mission of making the world a safer place, that Broadcom has chosen Symantec’s Enterprise Security assets to expand their reach into cyber security. By unlocking value from Enterprise Security, we are significantly advancing our ongoing transformation strategy and positioning our consumer cyber safety business, Norton LifeLock, for success.”
“This is a transformative transaction that should maximize immediate value to our shareholders while maintaining ownership in a pure play consumer cyber safety business with predictability, growth and strong consistent profitability. In addition it allows the Enterprise Security business to grow and compete on an enterprise platform with a worldwide sales and distribution reach which can service our existing customers,” said Rick Hill, Interim President and CEO. He added, “It also allows our Norton LifeLock business, a world recognized leader in consumer and small business cyber safety to operate independently and give investors a clear understanding of the growth opportunity and strong financial performance.”
When the deal closes, Broadcom will assume the Enterprise Security assets, including the Symantec name as part of their broad infrastructure software portfolio. What’s left of the Symantec company will be its Consumer Safety Business led by Norton Antivirus and Lifelock identity theft protection. The name of the new company hasn’t been announced yet.