Extreme Networks to Acquire Aerohive Networks
Acquisition Extends Extreme’s Leadership in Cloud Management and Wireless Networking, Adding Strong Subscription and Services Business
SAN JOSE, Calif., and Milpitas, Calif. — June 26, 2019 — Extreme Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXTR), a software-driven networking company, and Aerohive Networks (NYSE: HIVE), a pioneer in cloud-managed networking, today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Extreme will acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Aerohive at a price of $4.45 per share in cash, representing an aggregate purchase price of approximately $272 million. Accounting for Aerohive’s net cash balance of $62 million at the end of March, the deal is equivalent to an enterprise value of $210 million. The acquisition of Aerohive will add critical cloud management and edge capabilities to Extreme’s portfolio of end-to-end, edge to cloud networking solutions. It will provide a strong subscription revenue stream and strengthen Extreme’s position in wireless LAN at a critical technology transition to Wi-Fi 6. Extreme expects the acquisition to be accretive to non-GAAP earnings per share starting in fiscal year 2020.
Aerohive is a leader in cloud management, AI and machine learning. It was among the first companies to offer controller-less Wi-Fi and cloud network management, including cloud-managed Wi-Fi and network access control (NAC), and today is the second leading provider of Cloud Managed Wireless LAN Services¹. It recently delivered the industry’s first trio of Wi-Fi 6 access points, along with the industry’s first pluggable access point. Aerohive has a global footprint of 30,000 cloud wireless LAN customers in verticals including education, healthcare, state and local government, and retail. This acquisition will bring new automation and intelligence capabilities to Extreme’s Elements portfolio. It will expand Extreme’s technology leadership in Wi-Fi and NAC, adding cloud-managed Wi-Fi and NAC solutions to complement its on-premises Wi-Fi and NAC technology, driving Extreme deeper into key verticals and presenting numerous opportunities for cross-sell and up-sell within the combined portfolios.
Extreme expects to gain new SD-WAN capabilities, in all expanding its total addressable market by a total of $1B in a market with a CAGR of 19% 2019 through 2022.² At a time when many of Extreme’s customers and partners are turning toward as-a-service/subscription models to reduce costs and gain efficiencies, Aerohive will expand Extreme’s mix of revenues to approximately 30% from subscription recurring revenue.
With Aerohive, Extreme will offer customers and partners more choices for cloud and on-premises wired and wireless technology, and an industry-leading solution for cloud-based network management – all from a single vendor and backed by its award-winning, insourced services and support team. Post-acquisition, customers and partners of Extreme and Aerohive will be able to mix and match a broader array of software, hardware, and services Elements to create networks that support their unique needs and that may be managed and automated from end-to-end – from the enterprise edge to the cloud – to advance their digital transformation efforts.
¹Cloud-Managed Networking Market Report – 2019, June 6, 2019, IHS Markit
²Worldwide SD-WAN Infrastructure Forecast, 2018–2022, August 2018, IDC
Terms of the Agreement
The acquisition is structured as an all-cash tender offer for all outstanding common stock of Aerohive, followed by a merger of a wholly-owned subsidiary of Extreme with and into Aerohive. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Extreme will commence a tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Aerohive’s common stock at a price of $4.45 per share in cash, representing an aggregate purchase price of $272 million, plus the assumption of unvested options and restricted stock units. The Board of Directors of both Extreme and Aerohive have unanimously approved the terms of the merger agreement, and the Board of Directors of Aerohive has resolved to recommend that Aerohive’s stockholders accept the offer once it is commenced. The acquisition is not subject to a financing condition and Extreme expects to fund the acquisition from a combination of available cash and committed debt financing. The acquisition is subject to customary conditions, including the tender of the majority of the outstanding shares of Aerohive’s common stock and regulatory approvals in the U.S. and Germany. The acquisition is expected to close during Extreme’s first quarter of the fiscal year 2020.
Latham & Watkins LLP acted as legal advisor to Extreme. Evercore Group LLC acted as financial advisor to Aerohive and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Professional Corporation acted as legal advisor to Aerohive.
Ed Meyercord, President and CEO, Extreme Networks
“The acquisition of Aerohive establishes our leadership in cloud, AI, and ML, adding a proven and mature cloud services platform and subscription service model for Extreme’s customers and partners. Extreme continues to invest in software and AI to expand the automation capabilities across our portfolio of edge-to-cloud networking solutions. The ability to improve user experiences, lower operating expenses, and deliver cloud-managed networks is key to our strategy.”
“After scaling Extreme’s business to $1B in revenue and expanding our portfolio to include end-to-end enterprise networking solutions, we are now taking the next step to transform our business to add sustainable, subscription-oriented cloud-based solutions that will enable us to drive recurring revenue and improved cash flow generation. Extreme expects this deal to be accretive to our FY20 outlook as it accelerates our plans to achieve over 60% gross margin and 15% operating income on an exit run rate.”
“As we close out our fiscal fourth quarter 2019, we are confident in our guidance and continue to see strong wins in the market across our product portfolio, in cross-selling opportunities, and targeted industry verticals in all of our geographies, along with improved linearity. Beginning in our fiscal fourth quarter, Extreme will incur charges in the range of $14 to $16 million through the second quarter of fiscal 2020, inclusive, as we take steps to bring down our cost structure, demonstrating our commitment to achieving the gross and operating margin targets we have laid out. This will lead to annualized cost savings in the range of $24 to $27 million.”
David Flynn, President and CEO of Aerohive
“This acquisition by Extreme is a major milestone for Aerohive. The role that cloud-managed technology plays in modern enterprises is impossible to overstate – it is where digital transformation is won and lost. Aerohive’s expertise and excellence in cloud management and edge technology, combined with Extreme’s extensive solutions portfolio and continued investment in software and AI for automation, gives our customers the most advanced digital experiences in the market. Together we will push networking into a new era – making infrastructure smarter, more autonomous, and the driver of business value.”
Please join Extreme Networks’ management and Aerohive Networks’ management on a conference call at 8:30 a.m. Eastern (5:30 a.m. Pacific) today to discuss the announcement. The conference call will be available to the public through a live audio web broadcast via the internet at http://investor.extremenetworks.com. The conference call may also be heard by dialing 1 (877) 303-9826 or 1 (224) 357-2194 from outside the U.S. Supplemental information to be discussed during the conference call will be posted at http://investor.extremenetworks.com. The encore recording will be available through July 3, 2019 on the investor section of the Extreme website, or it can be accessed by dialing 1 (855) 859-2056 or 1 (404) 537-3406 from outside the U.S. using conference ID # 3494282.
About Extreme Networks
Extreme Networks, Inc. (EXTR) delivers software-driven solutions from the enterprise edge to the cloud that are agile, adaptive, and secure to enable digital transformation. Our 100% in-sourced services and support are number one in the industry. Even with 30,000 customers globally, including half of the Fortune 50 and some of the world’s leading names in business, hospitality, retail, transportation and logistics, education, government, healthcare and manufacturing, we remain nimble and responsive to ensure customer and partner success. We call this Customer-Driven Networking™. Founded in 1996, Extreme is headquartered in San Jose, California. For more information, visit Extreme’s website or call 1-888-257-3000.
About Aerohive Networks
Aerohive uses Cloud Management, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence to radically simplify and secure the Access Network. Our Cloud-Managed Wireless, Switching, Routing, and Security technologies provide unrivalled flexibility in deployment, management, and licensing. Credited with pioneering Controller-less Wi-Fi and Cloud Management, Aerohive delivers continuous innovation at Cloud-speed that constantly challenges the industry norm, allowing customers to rethink what’s possible. Our innovations and global cloud footprint radically simplify Access Network operation for 30,000+ customers and 10+ million daily users. See how at www.aerohive.com/customers.
Aerohive was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Milpitas, CA. For more information, please visit www.aerohive.com, call us at 408-510-6100, follow us on Twitter @Aerohive, subscribe to our blog, or become a fan on our Facebook page.
Additional Information and Where to Find It
In connection with the proposed acquisition of Aerohive Networks, Inc. (“Aerohive Networks”) by Extreme Networks, Inc. (“Extreme Networks”), Clover Merger Sub, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Extreme Networks (“Purchaser”), commenced a tender offer for the outstanding shares of Aerohive Networks on July 12, 2019. This communication is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell shares of Aerohive Networks, nor is it a substitute for the tender offer materials that Extreme Networks and Purchaser filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) upon commencement of the tender offer. Extreme Networks and Purchaser filed tender offer materials on Schedule TO with the SEC, and Aerohive Networks filed a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 with the SEC with respect to the offer. THE TENDER OFFER MATERIALS (INCLUDING AN OFFER TO PURCHASE, A RELATED LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL AND CERTAIN OTHER TENDER OFFER DOCUMENTS) AND THE SOLICITATION/RECOMMENDATION STATEMENT CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION THAT SHOULD BE READ CAREFULLY AND CONSIDERED BY AEROHIVE NETWORKS’ STOCKHOLDERS BEFORE ANY DECISION IS MADE WITH RESPECT TO THE TENDER OFFER. Both the tender offer statement and the solicitation/recommendation statement are available to Aerohive Networks’ stockholders free of charge. A free copy of the tender offer statement and the solicitation/recommendation statement are also available to all stockholders of Aerohive Networks by contacting Aerohive Networks at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 1-408-769-6720, or by visiting Aerohive Networks’ website (www.aerohive.com). In addition, the tender offer statement and the solicitation/recommendation statement (and all other documents filed with the SEC) are available at no charge on the SEC’s website (www.sec.gov). AEROHIVE NETWORKS’ STOCKHOLDERS ARE ADVISED TO READ THE TENDER OFFER STATEMENT AND THE SOLICITATION/RECOMMENDATION STATEMENT, AS EACH MAY BE AMENDED OR SUPPLEMENTED FROM TIME TO TIME, AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC BEFORE THEY MAKE ANY DECISION WITH RESPECT TO THE TENDER OFFER BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION AND THE PARTIES TO THE TRANSACTION.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This communication may contain forward-looking statements made in reliance upon the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including, but not limited to any statements regarding or relating to the transaction between Aerohive Networks, Extreme Networks, and Purchaser; any statements of expectation or belief; any statement regarding the future financial performance of Aerohive Networks; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. When used in this communication, the words “anticipate”, “believe”, “estimate”, “expect”, “expectation”, “goal”, “should”, “would”, “project”, “plan”, “predict”, “intend”, “target” and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to Aerohive Networks and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause results to differ from expectations include, but are not limited to: (i) uncertainties as to the timing of the tender offer and the merger; (ii) uncertainties as to how many of the holders of shares will tender their shares into the tender offer; (iii) the possibility that various closing conditions for the tender offer or the merger may not be satisfied or waived; (iv) legal proceedings that may be instituted against Aerohive Networks and others following announcement of the definitive agreement entered into with Extreme Networks and Purchaser; (v) other business effects, including the effects of industrial, economic or political conditions outside of Aerohive Networks’ control; (vi) transaction costs and/or actual or contingent liabilities; and (vii) other risks and uncertainties. Although Aerohive Networks believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, Aerohive Networks cannot guarantee future results, performance or achievements and no assurance can be given that the actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. Aerohive Networks does not intend to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this communication to conform these statements to actual results, to changes in management’s expectations or otherwise, except as may be required by law.
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