Cisco Systems Acquisitions and Exits, 216 Deals Between 1993 and 2019
technology hardware Company

Cisco Systems has acquired 213 companies, including 35 in the last 5 years. A total of 21 acquisitions came from private equity firms. It has also divested 6 assets.

Cisco Systems’ largest acquisition to date was in 1999, when it acquired Cerent for $6.9B. It’s largest disclosed sale occurred in 2015, when it sold Cisco Systems - Customer Premises Equipment Business to Technicolor SA for $600M. Cisco Systems has acquired in 22 different US states, and 14 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include software (40%) and information technology (20%).

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Cisco Systems, Inc.

170 West Tasman Drive,
San Jose, California 95134
United States,
(408) 526-7209

Cisco Systems designs, manufactures, and sells Internet Protocol (IP)-based networking and other products related to the communications and information technology (IT) industry and provides services associated with these products and their use. Cisco provides a broad line of products for transporting data, voice, and video within buildings, across campuses, and around the world. The Company's products are designed to transform how people connect, communicate, and collaborate, and are installed at enterprise businesses, public institutions, telecommunications companies and other service providers, commercial businesses, and personal residences. Cisco was formed in 1984 and is based in San Jose, California.

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '14 '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 T
Buy (6.6/yr) # 177 12 6 7 5 3 210
vol $62.2B $1.9B $2.0B $6.7B $270M $2.6B $75.7B
Sell (0.6/yr) # 3 1 - 1 1 - 6
vol $600M $600M

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Largest Cerent Corp.
$6.9B (1999-11-01)
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Largest Cisco Systems - Customer Premises Equipment Business
$600M (2015-07-23)

Technology Hardware M&A - Last 3 Years

When analyzing the technology hardware sector as a whole, according to Mergr, in the last 3 years, there are 207 technology hardware companies that have made at least 1 acquisition, 6 have acquired at least 5 companies, and 2 have acquired more than 10 companies.

The most prolific strategic technology hardware acquirer over the past 3 years is Apple, with 6 acquisitions. The most prolific private equity acquirer in the technology hardware sector over the past 3 years is Aletra Capital Partners B.V. with 2 platform acquisitions.

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