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History 2005: Symantec Acquires Veritas for $13.5 Billion

Security and storage more than just friends

≠1 in security software buys ≠2 in storage software.

The deal:

  • Veritas shareholders will receive a tax-free exchange ratio of 1.1242 shares of Symantec common stock for each of their shares. Symantec will issue 493.5 million shares of common stock to Veritas shareholders.
  • Based upon stock prices on December 16th, the day following the announcement, the transaction is valued at $13.5 billion.
  • Ultimately, Symantec shareholders will own 60% of the combined company, Veritas shareholders 40%.
  • Symantec will be the name of the combined company, with Symantec’s John Thompson remaining on as chairman and CEO, while Veritas’ president, chairman and CEO, Gary Bloom, will become vice-chairman and president. Both will sit on the board of the new Symantec, which will now be comprised of 6 members from old Symantec and 4 from Veritas.
  • The transaction is expected to close in 2005.


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This article is an abstract of news published on issue 205 on January 2005 from the former paper version of Computer Data  Storage Newsletter.