Thoma Bravo to acquire Sophos for $3.9 billion

US private equity firm Thoma Bravo has agreed to buy UK cybersecurity vendor Sophos for $3.9 billion in cash.

The Sophos board of directors have stated their intention to unanimously recommend the offer to the company’s shareholders.

Thoma Bravo is a leading private equity firm focused on the software and technology enabled services sector with more than $35 billion in investor commitments. With a 40-year history, Thoma Bravo has acquired more than 200 software and technology companies representing more than $50 billion of value.

Thoma Bravo is one of the most active and experienced private equity firms investing in software and technology companies, and cybersecurity in particular. Thoma Bravo is known for working with a company’s management team to implement best practices, invest in growth initiatives, drive innovation, and deliver superior operating results.

Thoma Bravo had acquired a minority stake in Intel-owned McAfee last year.

“Today marks an exciting milestone in the ongoing journey of Sophos,” said Kris Hagerman, CEO, Sophos. “Sophos is actively driving the transition in next-generation cybersecurity solutions, leveraging advanced capabilities in cloud, machine learning, APIs, automation, managed threat response, and more. We continue to execute a highly-effective and differentiated strategy, and we see this offer as a compelling validation of Sophos, its position in the industry and its progress.”

 

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