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FireEye, Inc. announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell the FireEye Products business, including the FireEye name, to a consortium led by Symphony Technology Group (STG) in an all-cash transaction for $1.2 billion, before taxes and transaction-related expenses.

The transaction is expected to close by the end of the fourth quarter of 2021, subject to customary regulatory approvals and closing conditions, and will separate FireEye’s network, email, endpoint, and cloud security products, along with the related security management and orchestration platform, from Mandiant’s controls-agnostic software and services, enabling both organizations to accelerate growth investments, pursue new go-to-market pathways, and focus innovation on their respective solutions.

Partnership

The FireEye Products business and Mandiant Solutions will continue to operate as a single entity until the transaction closes, allowing management and STG to develop a successful transition of the FireEye Products business to a standalone entity within the STG portfolio. Customers and partners can expect to receive the full benefit of these agreements

The Company is committed to building and preserving a strong partnership and at closing will enter into agreements designed to maximize the benefits for joint customers. These agreements include a reseller and market cooperation agreement, a strategic collaboration agreement, and a transition services agreement. Customers and partners can expect to receive the full benefit of these agreements as the companies share technology, telemetry, threat intelligence, and expertise.

Prioritizing investment in cloud-first security

We believe this separation will unlock our high-growth Mandiant Solutions business and allow both organizations to better serve customers,” said FireEye Chief Executive Officer Kevin Mandia.

After closing, we will be able to concentrate exclusively on scaling our intelligence and frontline expertise through the Mandiant Advantage platform, while the FireEye Products business will be able to prioritize investment on its cloud-first security product portfolio. STG’s focus on fueling innovative market leaders in software and cybersecurity makes them an ideal partner for FireEye Products. We look forward to our relationship and collaboration on threat intelligence and expertise.

Leveraging security software sector

We are extremely impressed by the FireEye Products business and the mission critical role it plays for its customers,” said William Chisholm, Managing Partner at STG.

We believe that there is enormous untapped opportunity for the business that we are excited to crystallize by leveraging our significant security software sector experience and our market leading carve-out expertise.

Mandiant Solutions securing cyber threats

Mandiant Solutions has established its position as the market leader in threat intelligence and cybersecurity expertise from the front lines, serving enterprises, governments, and law enforcement agencies worldwide. With a mission of making every organization secure from cyber threats, Mandiant is scaling its intelligence and expertise through the open Mandiant Advantage SaaS platform.

With Mandiant Advantage, customers of all sizes can access the latest threat intelligence from the front lines, automate alert investigation and prioritisation, and validate the effectiveness of security controls products from any vendor.

Detection, protection, and response

FireEye has advanced its detection and prevention technologies through machine-learning and advanced analytics FireEye pioneered the advanced threat detection market with the introduction of its Multi-Vector Execution (MVX) engine for network security. Since then, FireEye has continuously innovated to advance its detection and prevention technologies through machine-learning and advanced analytics while extending across network, email, endpoint, and cloud security products, and the related security management and orchestration platform.

Today, FireEye’s intelligent, cloud-first XDR platform delivers unmatched detection, protection, and response for more than 50 percent of the Forbes Global 2000.

Financial advisors

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC is serving as a financial advisor, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati P.C. is acting as legal advisor, to FireEye.

UBS Investment Bank and Jefferies LLC are acting as financial advisors, and Paul Hastings LLP is acting as legal advisor, to STG. UBS Investment Bank and Jefferies Finance LLC are providing financing for the transaction.

Share repurchase program authorized

The company also announced that its Board of Directors has approved a share repurchase program for up to $500 million of outstanding FireEye common stock.

Repurchases may be made at management’s discretion from time to time on the open market, through privately negotiated transactions, and through Rule 10b5-1 plans. The repurchase program has no termination date and may be suspended for periods, amended, or discontinued at any time. Any shares acquired will be available for general corporate purposes.

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