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Brocade 收購Ruckus Wireless 為數碼轉型年代

創立全新網絡企業

解決數據中心以至無線網絡關鍵網絡要求 提升Brocade專注網絡企業地位

 

  • 整合後公司預計成為美國及歐洲、中東、非洲地區儲存區域網絡市場第一,Wi-Fi服務供應商市場第一,數據中心網絡市場第二,企業無線LAN市場第三,以及企業邊緣網絡市場第三
  • 交易預計可於FY17 第一財季計入Brocade non-GAAP營利
  • Brocade 增加股票回購授權8億美元

香港 – 20164 5–Brocade (納斯達克股票代號: BRCD) 及 Ruckus Wireless (紐約證券交易所股票代號:RKUS) 公佈達成最終協議Brocade以現金及股票交易收購Ruckus Wireless。此次收購將完善Brocade之企業網絡產品組合,為Brocade現有市場領先的網絡解決方案增添Ruckus之高增長無線產品。Ruckus之市場領先的Wi-Fi 產品地位,亦將提升Brocade於企業解決方案服務供應商的市場戰略地位。Brocade預計此交易可於FY17 第一財季計入Brocade non-GAAP營利。Ruckus 組織將由Ruckus現任行政總裁Selina Lo領導,並向Brocade 行政總裁Lloyd Carney直接匯報。

根據交易條款,Ruckus股東將收取Ruckus普通股每股6.45美元現金及0.75 Brocade之普通股股份。以2016年4月1日Brocade 收市價計算,交易價值為Ruckus普通股每股14.43美元,或約15億美元,此價格將會浮動直至交易完成。預計收購現金淨值之交易價值為12億美元。收購之現金將由現有現金及新造銀行借貸共同支付。

當企業數碼化他們的業務,他們需要一個基礎的網絡架構支援他們的業務彈性。這新的IP 架構可讓網絡成為一個可供創新的平台,同時可創建、提供及保護新的應用程式。無線科技是一種關鍵的接入科技,Brocade及Ruckus的結合,產生了一種新型的網絡公司,提供由數據中心到無線網絡邊緣的解決方案。另外,交易完成後,收購預計將加速雙方各自夥伴及客戶的交义銷售,為整合公司在不同行業開拓新的收入來源,包括大型企業、K-12及高等教育、政府、酒店及服務供應商等。


Lloyd-Carney-Brocade

Brocade行政總裁Lloyd Carney

此外,這項收購將提升Brocade抓緊如5G 流動服務、物聯網(IoT)、數碼城市、OpenGTM技術新興技術所產生的無線及LTE/Wi-Fi匯合之市場機遇的能力。Brocade及Ruckus均相信Wi-Fi與使用共同接入的整合或輕授權頻諎(lightly licensed spectrum)對新一代流動服務的覆蓋、容量及統一性的越見增加的要求,致關重要。這些元素對Brocade 顛覆及提升如何創建及提供邊緣服務的策略十分重要。

Brocade行政總裁Lloyd Carney表示:「擁有Ruckus的快速增長無線LAN產品,這個戰略組合將協助我們擴展我們的市場及科技領導地位,支援我們提供新IP解決方案實現將網絡轉化為創新的平台。歷史告訴我們,一些專注的公司往往創新更快、更具彈性,而且為客戶帶來更大的價值。在這個快速轉變的數碼轉型時代,我們將定位自己為跟隨科技發展方向的領導者。我們相信我們的整合產品組合,將為我們的客戶帶來益處,亦將有助我們加快增長及創造價值。」

Selina-Lo-Ruckus

Ruckus行政總裁Selina Lo

Ruckus總裁兼行政總裁Selina Lo表示 :「兩間公司的合併將為網絡界創造新的思想領袖,並為我們的股份持有者提供參與合併公司未來發展潛能的機遇。在這個偌大的網絡市場中,我們專注於不同的細分領域。我們擁有多家共同的客戶使用我們的配套產品,而且過往合作無間。對於有機會加盟Brocade團隊,並共同為我們的企業和供應商客戶提供創新的增值解決方案,我們感到無比興奮。」

此次收購將以交換收購所有的Ruckus已發行股份的方式進行。交換收購的完成取決於慣例條件,包括美國和國際反壟斷監管機構的審批和Ruckus大部份流通之普通股的投標。此次交易已獲得兩家公司董事會批準,並預計於Brocade 2016年第三財季完成。


Brocade增加股票回購授權8億美元

Brocade亦宣佈其董事會已在現有的股票回購計劃中增加普通股回購授權8億美元,使該計劃總剩餘授權金額約17億美元。這個增幅是為了方便回購全部與Ruckus收購有關而發行的股份。即使Brocade目標在收購完成後的六個月內回購所有股份,Brocade將會根據其普通股的交易價格、一般業務和市場狀況及其他因素斷定收購相關的回購金額及時間安排。這項回購可能在公開市場或私下協商交易進行。

關於Brocade

Brocade (納斯達克股票代號:BRCD) 專注於網絡技術,致力協助全球領先企業轉化他們的網絡成為可創新的平台。Brocade提供由公共、私人數據中心到企業邊緣技術解決方案,帶領業界轉移到今日數碼年代業務所需的新IP網絡架構。如欲瞭解更多資訊,請瀏覽:www.brocade.com

關於Ruckus Wireless


Ruckus Wireless為全球65,300的企業、服務供應商、政府和小型企業客戶提供優質的無線傳輸。公司專注於技術創新,合作夥伴生態系統和客戶服務,為最具挑戰性的室內和室外環境提供最好的無線體驗。 Ruckus智能Wi-Fi平台提供可擴展的、高性能Wi-Fi,其進行本地和基於雲的Wi-Fi部署時僅需簡化的控制和管理。此外,Ruckus還提供一系列新服務,包括安全登錄、策略管理以及有助於新業務機會的位置服務和分析。

 

 
Additional Information and Where to Find It (只限英文版本)

The exchange offer referenced in this communication has not yet commenced. This communication is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell shares, nor is it a substitute for any offer materials that Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (“Brocade”) and its acquisition subsidiary will file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).  At the time the exchange offer is commenced, Brocade and its acquisition subsidiary will file a tender offer statement on Schedule TO and may later file amendments thereto, Brocade will file a registration statement on Form S-4 and may later file amendments thereto, and Ruckus  will file a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 and may later file amendments thereto, in each case, with the SEC with respect to the exchange offer.  Brocade and Ruckus may also file other documents with the SEC regarding the transaction.  THE EXCHANGE OFFER MATERIALS (INCLUDING AN OFFER TO EXCHANGE, A RELATED LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL AND CERTAIN OTHER EXCHANGE OFFER DOCUMENTS) AND THE SOLICITATION/RECOMMENDATION STATEMENT WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. RUCKUS STOCKHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THESE DOCUMENTS CAREFULLY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION THAT HOLDERS OF RUCKUS SECURITIES SHOULD CONSIDER BEFORE MAKING ANY DECISION REGARDING EXCHANGING THEIR SECURITIES. The Offer to Exchange, the related Letter of Transmittal and certain other exchange offer documents, as well as the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement, will be made available to all holders of Ruckus stock at no expense to them. The exchange offer materials and the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement will be made available for free at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Additional copies may be obtained for free by contacting Brocade’s Investor Relations department at (408) 333-0233 or at [email protected]. Additional copies of the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement may be obtained for free by contacting Ruckus’ Investor Relations department at408-469-4659 or at [email protected].

In addition to the Offer to Exchange, the related Letter of Transmittal and certain other exchange offer documents, as well as the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement, Brocade and Ruckus file annual, quarterly and current reports and other information with the SEC. You may read and copy any reports or other information filed by Brocade and Ruckus at the SEC public reference room at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549. Please call the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330 for further information on the public reference room. Brocade’s and Ruckus’ filings with the SEC are also available to the public from commercial document-retrieval services and at the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov.


 

Forward-Looking Statements ((只限英文版本)

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions that may cause actual results to differ significantly.  All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including but not limited to the expected benefits and costs of the proposed transaction; management plans relating to the proposed transaction; the expected timing of the completion of the proposed transaction; statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of Brocade and Ruckus for future operations; statements concerning the expected development, performance, market share or competitive performance relating to products and services of Brocade, Ruckus or the combined company; statements about expected synergies and market opportunities; statements regarding anticipated operational and financial results; statements regarding the timing and amount of future share repurchases; any statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing.  Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include, but are not limited to, the ability of the parties to consummate the proposed transaction on a timely basis or at all; the satisfaction of the conditions precedent to consummation of the proposed transaction, including the condition that a majority of Ruckus’ shares be validly tendered into the exchange offer; the ability to secure regulatory approvals on the terms expected at all or in a timely manner; the failure of Brocade to obtain the financing described herein; the possibility that the expected benefits of the proposed transaction may not materialize as expected; the possibility that, prior to the completion of the proposed transaction, Ruckus’ business may not perform as expected due to transaction-related uncertainty or other factors; the ability of Brocade to successfully integrate Ruckus’ operations; the ability of Brocade to achieve its plans, forecasts and other expectations with respect to Ruckus’ business after the completion of the proposed transaction and realize expected synergies; business disruptions following the proposed transaction; and other risks described in Brocade’s and Ruckus’ filings with the SEC, such as their respective Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Annual Reports on Form 10-K.  The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date hereof, and Brocade and Ruckus expressly assume no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements whether as the result of new developments or otherwise.

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