McAfee to Buy Secure Computing for $465 Million

By Reuters  |  Posted 09-22-2008 Print


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McAfee's purchase of Secure Computing strengthens the No. 2 anti-virus software vendor and gives it a new suite of security software, services and hardware products.

McAfee, the world's No. 2 security software maker, said on Monday it plans to buy Internet security company Secure Computing for $465 million in cash.

The move gives McAfee a suite of software, services and hardware products to protect hackers from getting past the perimeters of computer networks.

McAfee is already the No. 2 provider of anti-virus software. Symantec is the largest.

Santa Clara, California-based McAfee will pay $5.75 per share of Secure Computing's common stock, representing a 27 percent premium to the San Jose, California company's closing price of $4.52 on Friday.

Secure Computing shares were quoted at $5.59 in pre-market trade.

The companies expect the transaction to close at the end of the fourth quarter of this year.

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