All-cash transaction unlocks high-growth Mandiant Solutions business
Continued partnership after closing supports customers with reseller relationship and shared product telemetry and frontline threat intelligence
FireEye Board authorises a share repurchase program of up to $500 million
FireEye, Inc announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell the FireEye Products business, including the FireEye name, to a consortium led by Symphony Technology Group (STG) in an all-cash transaction for $1.2 billion, before taxes and transaction-related expenses.
The transaction is expected to close by the end of the fourth quarter of 2021, subject to customary regulatory approvals and closing conditions, and will separate FireEye’s network, email, endpoint, and cloud security products, along with the related security management and orchestration platform, from Mandiant’s controls-agnostic software and services, enabling both organizations to accelerate growth investments, pursue new go-to-market pathways, and focus innovation on their respective solutions.
The FireEye Products business and Mandiant Solutions will continue to operate as a single entity until the transaction closes, allowing management and STG to develop a successful transition of the FireEye Products business to a standalone entity within the STG portfolio.
The company is committed to building and preserving a strong partnership and at closing will enter into agreements designed to maximise the benefits for joint customers. These agreements include a reseller and market cooperation agreement, a strategic collaboration agreement, and a transition services agreement. Customers and partners can expect to receive the full benefit of these agreements as the companies share technology, telemetry, threat intelligence, and expertise.
FireEye Chief Executive Officer Kevin Mandia said the company believes this separation will unlock its high-growth Mandiant Solutions business and allow both organisation to better serve customers.
“After closing, we will be able to concentrate exclusively on scaling our intelligence and frontline expertise through the Mandiant Advantage platform, while the FireEye Products business will be able to prioritise investment on its cloud-first security product portfolio,” said Kevin Mandia.
Kevin Mandia also said STG’s focus on fueling innovative market leaders in software and cybersecurity makes them an ideal partner for FireEye Products. “We look forward to our relationship and collaboration on threat intelligence and expertise,” said Kevin Mandia.
STG Managing Partner William Chisholm said STG is extremely impressed by the FireEye Products business and the mission critical role it plays for its customers.
“We believe that there is enormous untapped opportunity for the business that we are excited to crystallize by leveraging our significant security software sector experience and our market leading carve-out expertise,” said William Chisholm.
Mandiant Solutions has established its position as the market leader in threat intelligence and cybersecurity expertise from the front lines, serving enterprises, governments and law enforcement agencies worldwide.
Threat detection market
With a mission of making every organisation secure from cyber threats, Mandiant is scaling its intelligence and expertise through the open Mandiant Advantage SaaS platform. With Mandiant Advantage, customers of all sizes can access the latest threat intelligence from the front lines, automate alert investigation and prioritization, and validate the effectiveness of security controls products from any vendor.
FireEye pioneered the advanced threat detection market with the introduction of its Multi-Vector Execution (MVX) engine for network security.
Since then, FireEye has continuously innovated to advance its detection and prevention technologies through machine-learning and advanced analytics while extending across network, email, endpoint, and cloud security products, and the related security management and orchestration platform. Today, FireEye’s intelligent, cloud-first XDR platform delivers unmatched detection, protection, and response for more than 50 percent of the Forbes Global 2000.
Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC is serving as financial advisor, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati P.C. is acting as legal advisor, to FireEye. UBS Investment Bank and Jefferies LLC are acting as financial advisors, and Paul Hastings LLP is acting as legal advisor, to STG. UBS Investment Bank and Jefferies Finance LLC are providing financing for the transaction.