Thu, Oct. 8, 9:46 AM
- Activist Elliott Management has disclosed a 4.4% stake in videroconferencing and unified communications (UC) hardware/software vendor Polycom (PLCM +10%), and a 6.3% stake in UC peer Mitel (MITL +17.1%). Each position was worth ~$100M going into today.
- In an open letter, Elliott declares the unified communications/collaboration space is overdue for consolidation, and calls on Polycom and Mitel to merge. "The combination would double the scale of Polycom to $2.5 billion in revenue. Between Mitels $164 million of EBITDA in 2014 and $100 $150+ million of synergies available, Polycom would quickly become a $500+ million EBITDA company following a combination with Mitel. Scale provides important competitive advantages in addition to the financial benefits of greater diversification, stability and access to capital markets."
- The firm also argues Polycom faces tough videoconferencing competition from Cisco, Avaya, LifeSize (Logitech), and others - "The smaller, newer players continue to take share with cheaper and simpler products while the larger, diversified vendors use their marketing power and bundling to squeeze out companies like Polycom." - and that Mitel's Canadian incorporation could yield tax benefits.
- Elliott: "Polycom's stock can increase by over 30% to $14.75 per share by the end of 2016 and nearly 85% to $20.50 per share by the end of 2017. The best part is that we assume the exact same multiple and absolutely no improvement in revenue trajectory ... the transaction is so compelling that Polycom could pay $10.00 per share for Mitel in an all-stock transaction and still yield a 70% return by the end of 2017 and a 95% return by the end of 2018."
- Also: Elliott notes it has a stake in another UC product provider, ShoreTel (SHOR +0.9%). Mitel made a failed attempt to acquire ShoreTel last year; Elliott argues a deal between the two still makes sense.
Nov. 17, 2014, 10:31 AM
- Mitel (MITL +0.5%) has withdrawn its $540M ($8.10/share) offer to acquire ShoreTel (SHOR -8.6%), first announced on Oct. 20.
- Mitel says its decision stems from "the repeated refusal of ShoreTel's Board of Directors to engage in discussions of any kind regarding a potential transaction." ShoreTel has fallen to $7.50 in response.
Oct. 20, 2014, 10:08 AM
- Following a rejection from ShoreTel's (SHOR +16.1%) board, Mitel (MITL -1.2%) has gone public with an offer to buy the fellow VoIP/unified communications hardware and software provider for $540M, or $8.10/share, in cash. The price represents a 24% premium to ShoreTel's Friday close.
- Mitel says its proposal will remain open until 5PM ET on Nov. 20.
- ShoreTel currently trades at $7.50; its 52-week high is $9.81. With Mitel's market cap only at $936M, there could be some doubts about its ability to pull off a $510M all-cash acquisition. The company had $134.2M in cash at the end of June, and $342M in debt.
Feb. 1, 2012, 4:37 PM
ShoreTel Inc along with its subsidiaries is engaged in providing business communication solutions, including; integrated voice, video, data and mobile applications based on Internet Protocol (IP) technologies.
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