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Extreme Networks to acquire Aerohive for $4.45 per share in cash.

Extreme Networks (EXTR) and Aerohive (HIVE) 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 $272M. Accounting for Aerohive's net cash balance of $62M at the end of March, the deal is equivalent to an enterprise value of $210M. The acquisition of Aerohive will add cloud management and edge capabilities to Extreme's portfolio of end-to-end, edge to cloud networking solutions. It will provide a subscription revenue stream and strengthen Extreme's position in wireless LAN at a technology transition to Wi-Fi 6. Extreme expects the acquisition to be accretive to non-GAAP earnings per share starting in FY20. 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. 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% through 2022. 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. 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 $272M, plus the assumption of unvested options and restricted stock units. The board of both Extreme and Aerohive have unanimously approved the terms of the merger agreement and the board 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 Q1 of FY20.

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