Thoma Bravo to Buy Proofpoint for $12.3 Billion

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Thoma Bravo to Buy Proofpoint for $12.3 Billion

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Private equity firm Thoma Bravo on Monday announced it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire the cybersecurity and compliance firm Proofpoint in a $12.3 billion all-cash deal.

As a result of the sale, publicly traded Proofpoint would become privately held.

“We believe that as a private company, we can be even more agile with greater flexibility to continue investing in innovation, building on our leadership position and staying ahead of threat actors,” says Gary Steele, chairman and CEO of Proofpoint.

Thoma Bravo did not offer any details on how it will fit Proofpoint into its stable of cybersecurity companies. The private equity firm also owns Barracuda, Imperva, LogRhythm and McAfee.

In January, Thoma Bravo sold the privileged access management firm Centrify to TPG Capital.

Chip Virnig, a partner at Thoma Bravo, says the firm will leverage its significant security and operational expertise to help accelerate Proofpoint’s growth.

Proofpoint offers security as a service, focusing on securing email, the cloud and social media. It says it checks about 5 billion emails and 10 million cloud accounts and analyzes about 100 billion data points each day.

The company reported just over $1 billion in revenue in 2020.

Timing of the Deal

Thoma Bravo expects to close the transaction in the third quarter of 2021, subject to approval by Proofpoint shareholders and regulators. The company’s headquarters will remain in Sunnyvale, California.

Proofpoint says its board of directors has unanimously approved the sale to Thoma Bravo and will recommend that the company’s shareholders vote in favor of the transaction at an upcoming special meeting.

The sale agreement includes a 45-day “go-shop” period expiring on June 9, which allows the board and its advisers to initiate, solicit and consider alternative acquisition proposals.

2021 M&A Activity

In April, Mastercard, Entrust and Keyfactor all made moves to boost their identity management capabilities, with Mastercard announcing plans to buy the digital identity verification firm Ekata for $850 million, Entrust closing a deal to purchase WorldReach Software and Keyfactor acquiring PrimeKey.

Also, in April, Cofense completed a deal to acquire Cyberfish, while in March, the security firm Okta shook up the identity and access management market by announcing a $6.5 billion deal to acquire the customer IAM technology supplier Auth0.

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