Cisco Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Technology Hardware Company

Cisco has acquired 215 companies, including 37 in the last 5 years. A total of 21 acquisitions came from private equity firms. It has also divested 6 assets.

Cisco’s 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 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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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity218
    • M&A Buy Activity212
    • M&A Sell Activity6
  • Total Sectors Invested 8
  • Total Countries Invested 14
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 27
  • M&A Advisors 10

Cisco Systems, Inc. (Cisco)

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

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 ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (4.6/yr) # 189 6 7 5 3 2 212
vol $64.2B $2.0B $6.7B $270M $2.6B $75.7B
Sell (0.4/yr) # 4 - 1 1 - - 6
vol $600M $600M
  218

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
BabbleLabs, Inc. 2020-08-25 - Add-on Acquisition
Campbell, California · www.babblelabs.com
ThousandEyes, Inc. 2020-05-28 - Add-on Acquisition
San Francisco, California · www.thousandeyes.com
Customer Analytics Technologies, Inc. 2019-08-26 - Add-on Acquisition
Salt Lake City, Utah · www.cloudcherry.com
Rizio, Inc. 2019-08-06 - Add-on Acquisition
Mountain View, California · www.voicea.com
Acacia Communications, Inc. 2019-07-09 2.6B USD Add-on Acquisition
Maynard, Massachusetts · www.acacia-inc.com
Luxtera, Inc. 2018-12-18 - Add-on Acquisition
Carlsbad, California · www.luxtera.com
Ensoft Ltd. 2018-11-21 - Add-on Acquisition
Harpenden, United Kingdom · www.ensoft.co.uk
Duo Security, Inc. 2018-08-02 - Add-on Acquisition
Ann Arbor, Michigan · www.duo.com
July Systems, Inc. 2018-06-19 - Add-on Acquisition
New York, New York · www.julysystems.com
Synamedia 2018-05-01 - Divestiture
Middlesex, United Kingdom · www.synamedia.com
View All >>

M&A by Sector

Sector Buy # Value Sell # Value
Software 84 (40%) 17.3B (23%) 2 (33%) -
Information Technology 42 (20%) 22.8B (30%) - -
Technology Hardware 39 (18%) 26.6B (35%) 2 (33%) 600M (100%)
Internet Software and Services 32 (15%) 6.9B (9%) - -
Semiconductors 9 (4%) 382M (1%) - -
Communications 3 (1%) 916M (1%) - -
Electronics 2 (1%) 651M (1%) 1 (17%) -
Business Services 1 (< 1%) - - -
Electrical Equipment - - 1 (17%) -
Total 212 $75.7B 6 $600M

By Geo

State/Country Buy Value Sell Value
United States 182 63.6B 4 600M
  California 111 33.2B 4 600M
  Massachusetts 16 12.8B - -
  Texas 10 1.7B - -
  New York 4 20M - -
  New Jersey 4 496M - -
  Maryland 3 4.6B - -
  Georgia 3 7.5B - -
  Colorado 3 - - -
  Washington 3 386M - -
  New Hampshire 2 160M - -
  Michigan 2 25M - -
  Illinois 2 - - -
  Vermont 2 330M - -
  Pennsylvania 1 271M - -
  Ohio 1 799M - -
  North Carolina 1 95M - -
  Missouri 1 - - -
  Minnesota 1 450M - -
  Delaware 1 183M - -
  Connecticut 1 51M - -
  Utah 1 - - -
United Kingdom 8 6.1B 2 -
Israel 6 991M - -
Denmark 3 127M - -
Canada 2 436M - -
  Ontario 2 436M - -
Germany 2 - - -
Sweden 2 975M - -
Austria 1 - - -
Czech Republic 1 - - -
Hong Kong 1 45M - -
India 1 - - -
Ireland 1 - - -
Italy 1 100M - -
Norway 1 3.3B - -
Domestic 182 (86%) 63.6B (84%) 4 (67%) 600M (100%)
Cross-border 30 (14%) 12.1B (16%) 2 (33%) -
Total 212 $75.7B 6 $600M

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Barclays Investment Bank
2
Centerview Partners LLC
2
McNamee Lawrence & Co. LLC
1
Legal Deals
Fenwick & West LLP
3
Shearman & Sterling LLP
1
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 14 $51.4B
$100M to $1B 72 $22.0B
< $100M 45 $2.3B
TOTAL $75.7B
Largest Cerent Corp.
$6.9B (1999-11-01)
sell # Total
$100M to $1B 1 $600M
TOTAL $600M
Largest Cisco Systems - Customer Premises Equipment Business
$600M (2015-07-23)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
81%
21 81%
Strategic(s)
19%
5 19%
Divested to
PE Firm(s)
40%
2 40%
Strategic(s)
60%
3 60%

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