Acquisition Extends Extreme’s Leadership in Cloud Management and Wireless Networking, Adding Strong Subscription and Services Business
Extreme Networks, Inc., a software-driven networking company, and Aerohive Networks , a pioneer in cloud-managed networking, 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.
1 Cloud-Managed Networking Market Report – 2019, June 6, 2019, IHS Markit
2 Worldwide 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.”