Fri, Oct. 28, 1:40 PM
- CenturyLink (CTL -1.4%) is giving back some of yesterday's merger-chatter gains, but Level 3 Communications (NASDAQ:LVLT) is adding on, up another 3.9% today.
- Level 3 jumped 10.6% yesterday, and CenturyLink rose 10%, on a report that the two were in advanced talks to merge.
- Level 3's at $53.90 today (after closing at $46.92 on Wednesday), and it's looking for at least $60/share in a buyout and $65 "could be reasonable," says Raymond James, which cut CenturyLink to Market Perform from Outperform -- thinking that stock could trade sideways for the months it could take to close such a deal.
- UBS sees the deal cresting $1B in synergies, given the companies' overlapping infrastructure. Analyst Batya Levi is assuming an all-stock deal at 9-11 times EBITDA and has CenturyLink at a Buy with a $36 price target (implying 18% upside).
- Oppenheimer's Timothy Horan, meanwhile, sees more of a 50/50 cash/stock split at a $60 valuation for LVLT. He's got CTL at Market Perform but boosts LVLT to Outperform at that $60 target.
- Among peers (and other potential targets) today: CCOI -1.2%, INXN +2%, GTT flat, ZAYO +1.9%, AKAM +0.9%, FTR -2.4%.
Nov. 2, 2015, 3:43 PM
- Akamai (AKAM +1.7%) has bought Bloxx, a Scottish developer of enterprise Web gateway software for analyzing and filtering content. Terms are undisclosed.
- Akamai states Bloxx's Web gateway technology will underpin its efforts to deliver a suite of cloud-based security products aimed at enterprises in 2016. "With the goal of detecting and blocking threats to enterprise users, wherever they are located, Akamai's enterprise security offerings are designed to help protect against phishing, malware, and data exfiltration attacks targeted at corporate networks. These solutions are expected to go beyond traditional blacklisting by providing real-time risk assessment and enabling customers to specify the actions Akamai will take based on the detected threat level."
- Bloxx has 55 employees, and was founded in 1999. Akamai's cloud security revenue was a strong point in Q3, rising 39% Y/Y to $65M (12% if total revenue). The acquisition comes in a year that has seen corporate cybersecurity spend grow at a brisk pace, as enterprises react to a slew of major data breaches.
- Separately, Akamai has taken part in a $27M funding round for ClearSky Data, a provider of tier cloud storage services for enterprises. ClearSky stores a company's primary data offsite on its own hardware, and stores less frequently-accessed data via Amazon's S3 cloud object storage service.
Apr. 6, 2015, 4:11 PM
- Akamai (NASDAQ:AKAM) has acquired Octoshape, a Danish provider of services that optimize and efficiently deliver IP video content, whether IPTV streams from pay-TV providers or over-the-top (OTT) video services (e.g. Netflix, YouTube). Terms are undisclosed.
- Octoshape asserts its use of a proprietary implementation of the UDP protocol (as compared with the more widely-used TCP protocol) helps it improve streaming speeds and lower startup/buffering times, and that its multicast solutions help keep costs down. The company has 40+ employees, and counts CNN, CBS, IBM, BP, and the NBA among its customers.
- Akamai, which already handles plenty of video streams through its CDN, states Octoshape will provide it with "valuable technology and experience in the area of streaming video optimization," and help it "provide customers with the most comprehensive suite of video delivery and optimization technologies." With video deliver historically a lower-margin business for the company, Octoshape might also help Akamai upsell video clients on higher-margin services.
- The deal follows Akamai's March acquisition of DNS tech developer Xenocode.
Mar. 3, 2015, 12:11 AM
- Akamai (NASDAQ:AKAM) has acquired Xerocole, a developer of technology (referred to as intelligent recursive DNS) that speeds the rate at which domain name servers are able to translate Web site/URL requests into IP addresses. Terms are undisclosed.
- Akamai exec Rick McConnell: "We see this acquisition as an important investment in engineering talent and technology that is intended to complement our DNS product portfolio and strategy. We believe that Xerocole has some of the best DNS experts in the industry and that recursive DNS has strategic value to the Akamai Platform and to each of our business units."
- The purchase is the latest in a string of acquisitions Akamai has made to bolster its value-added (non-commodity) CDN service portfolio. Others: Prolexic, Verivue, Blaze.
Sep. 10, 2014, 10:40 PM
- The guessing game has started over which U.S. companies Alibaba (Pending:BABA) might pursue after it becomes flush with IPO cash.
- If Alibaba's borrowing power is factored in, estimates for its total spending capacity range as high as $50B.
- Lion's Gate (NYSE:LGF), Red Hat (NYSE:RHT), and Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ:AKAM) have all been bantered around as potential targets.
- Though a long shot, the case for Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO) being in the mix is also intriguing. There's $12B in tax savings generated from Alibaba buying Yahoo - instead of Yahoo selling off its post-IPO stake in the Chinese company and paying the tax bill.
- Alibaba debuts on the NYSE on September 19.
Dec. 18, 2013, 11:26 AM
- Rumors of M&A interest from AT&T have led Akamai (AKAM +2%) to move higher over the last 20 minutes of trading.
- Verizon recently struck a deal to acquire Akamai rival EdgeCast. But from all indication, the deal's price tag (reportedly $350M+) was a tiny fraction of Akamai's current market cap ($8.35B).
- Akamai and AT&T have a CDN reseller partnership.
Dec. 9, 2013, 9:16 AM
- Verizon (VZ) confirms it's acquiring CDN owner EdgeCast Networks. No price tag is given, but TechCrunch reported over the weekend Verizon is paying $350M+. The companies hope to close the deal in early 2014. (PR)
- Akamai (AKAM) investors aren't responding well to the news; shares -2.5% premarket. The deal could both strengthen an Akamai rival, and end Verizon's partnership with the CDN market leader.
- Verizon notes EdgeCast has 6K+ customers, and says the business complements that of TV Everywhere uploading/encoding service provider upLynk (acquired earlier this year).
- Separately, at a UBS conference talk (webcast), Verizon predicts its $130B purchase of Vodafone's Verizon Wireless stake (financed using both debt and equity) will boost EPS by 10%.
Dec. 8, 2013, 6:28 PM
- TechCrunch reports Verizon (VZ) is acquiring content delivery network (CDN) EdgeCast for $350M+. EdgeCast counts Yahoo, Twitter, Pinterest, and Hulu among its clients, has been profitable for the last four years, and was on a $100M/year revenue run rate as of July.
- Thus, assuming EdgeCast is still growing, Verizon may be paying just ~3x forward sales. CDN market leader Akamai (AKAM) trades at 4.5x 2014E sales.
- Acquiring EdgeCast could unravel an enterprise CDN partnership Verizon has with Akamai. With telcos increasingly looking to offer their own CDN services, Akamai has been trying to turn a threat into an opportunity by offering carrier CDN solutions. In addition to Verizon, AT&T and Orange are clients.
- As for Verizon, the company could leverage its IP infrastructure and sales reach to grow EdgeCast's sales to third-parties, and (perhaps more interestingly) use EdgeCast's network to underpin an expansion of its online/mobile video offerings.
- This year has already seen Verizon add mobile support for certain FiOS channels, and acquire TV Everywhere encoding tech provider upLynk. The telco has also been reported to be eying the assets of Intel's Web TV unit, with the idea of offering a Web TV service in areas not covered by FiOS.
Dec. 2, 2013, 9:27 AM
- Akamai (AKAM) is acquiring Prolexic, a provider of cloud-based services for protecting companies and data centers from distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, for $370M in cash. (PR)
- The deal is expected to close in 1H14, and to dilute Akamai's EPS in "the first full year post closure" by $0.06-$0.08.
- Akamai declares the combination of its existing security offerings (backed up by a giant CDN that can offload traffic from a data center facing a DDoS attack) with Prolexic's services will allow it to offer "a comprehensive portfolio of security solutions designed to defend an enterprise's Web and IP infrastructure against application-layer, network-layer and data center attacks."
- The high-margin security services market has increasingly been a priority for Akamai. Earlier this year, the company launched Kona Site Defender, its own solution for dealing with DDoS and other hacking attacks.
- AKAM -1.6% premarket.
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Nov. 11, 2013, 8:14 AM
- Akamai (AKAM) has acquired Velocius Networks, an Indian developer of technology that improves quality-of-service for enterprise app traffic. Terms are undisclosed. (PR)
- Akamai declares Velocius' technology will allow it to "offer enterprise-class service levels for customers accessing IP applications over the Internet," and will complement its efforts to provide traffic optimization services for remote/branch-office enterprise users; the company calls this effort its "hybrid cloud optimization strategy."
- Enterprise CDN services are a relatively high-margin business for Akamai, and one the company has shown a clear interest in growing in recent years. The company is looking to profit rising business demand for both remote app/file access and cloud services.
- Following a few notable acquisitions in 2012, Akamai had been pretty quiet on the M&A front in 2013 until now.
May 28, 2013, 12:00 PM
Limelight (LLNW +6.3%) "is in talks to try and sell the company to Verizon (VZ) and is desperate to make a deal," Dan Rayburn reports hearing from "multiple attendees from Wall Street" at a conference he hosted. With Limelight burning cash and facing tough competition from Akamai (AKAM) and Level 3 (LVLT), there's logic to exploring a sale. Rayburn points out Limelight's management changes and Verizon's interest in growing its CDN business could lead to a deal. However, he adds Limelight has been seeing employee defections, and has heard Limelight customers criticize the "poor performance" of its CDN. Private XO Communications is also said to be talking with Limelight.| May 28, 2013, 12:00 PM | 2 Comments
Jan. 24, 2013, 9:31 AM
Akamai (AKAM) is selling its ad targeting business to private Mediamath, AllThingsD and AdAge report. Akamai launched the business in '08 following its $95M purchase of ad tech startup Acerno, arguing it could leverage the Web browsing and transaction data obtained by its massive CDN to deliver more relevant ads on the sites of CDN service clients. But the business has remained a sideshow.| Jan. 24, 2013, 9:31 AM
Nov. 13, 2012, 2:43 PM
Akamai (AKAM +0.2%) is buying Verivue, a developer of content delivery software aimed at last-mile service providers. Akamai plans to integrate Verivue's tech with its Aura Network Solutions platform for service providers who want to build their own CDNs (as opposed to using Akamai's). Akamai has been pretty aggressive this year at snapping up startups that can provide it with useful technology (I, II, III). (PR)| Nov. 13, 2012, 2:43 PM
Sep. 13, 2012, 5:10 PM
Akamai (AKAM) has bought FastSoft, a developer of algorithms that improve file transfer speeds and page view loading times for sites and web apps. Akamai's content delivery network is underpinned by proprietary routing algorithms, thus FastSoft's solutions are a natural fit. The company recently said it was on the lookout for security and networking startups that could improve its time-to-market.| Sep. 13, 2012, 5:10 PM
Aug. 17, 2012, 5:36 PM
Akamai (AKAM) is looking to acquire security and networking firms, says a company exec. The content delivery network owner wants to generate $100M/year in revenue from new businesses within 3 years, he says (for reference, Akamai is expected to post 2012 sales of $1.36B), and is willing to buy a startup if it helps improves the company's time-to-market. Zscaler, a provider of cloud-based security services for Web traffic, is named as the kind of company Akamai could be interested in.| Aug. 17, 2012, 5:36 PM
Feb. 8, 2012, 9:06 AM
Akamai (AKAM) has acquired Blaze Technology, a developer of technology for accelerating the speed at which web pages load. Blaze's solutions complement the site acceleration capabilities provided via Akamai's content delivery network (CDN). In December, Akamai acquired rival CDN owner Cotendo.| Feb. 8, 2012, 9:06 AM | 1 Comment