Cisco Increases Tandberg Video Conferencing Acquisition Offer

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Cisco Systems' new offer to acquire video conferencing vendor Tandberg is about $3.4 billion. Against the backdrop of a fast-growing video conferencing market, Tandberg shareholders spurned Cisco's original offer of about $3 billion. Cisco says the new amount will be its final offer for Tandberg.

Cisco Systems has sweetened its offer to Tandberg shareholders in its continuing effort to acquire the video conferencing company.

The new offer by Cisco is to purchase all outstanding shares of Tandberg for 170 Norwegian kroner per share for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $3.4 billion, Cisco said in a statement. Cisco's original offer was worth about $3 billion.

Cisco says shareholders representing more than 30 percent of outstanding shares, including the company's largest shareholders, Folketrygdfondet and OppenheimerFunds, have preaccepted the offer based on the new price, bringing the total shareholder acceptances to more than 40 percent, according to Cisco.

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Cisco has required that it be able to purchase 90 percent of shares for the deal to go through. The company has extended the offer through Dec. 1.

Tandberg's board unanimously recommended the increased offer to shareholders, and the company's CEO in a statement Nov. 16 urges shareholders to accept the offer.

"This revised offer only further demonstrates Cisco's belief in our technology and our people," says Fredrik Halvorsen, CEO. "We continue to believe that Cisco and Tandberg share a vision of changing the way people communicate and collaborate, and that the combination of world-class technologies, Cisco's global scale and exceptional people from both organizations will enable us to accelerate innovation and market adoption."

A Bloomberg report notes that while some shareholders say the offer is not high enough,  analysts believe it is high enough to get the deal done.
Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and Forbes.com. She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at jessica.davis@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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