Adva to acquire MRV Communications for $69 million

Created July 3, 2017
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Strategic purchase “will strengthen product portfolio and expand customer footprint”, says buyer.

Adva Optical Networking has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire MRV Communications, Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, Adva will make a tender offer of $10.00 per share for all the outstanding common stock of the California-based provider of network solutions for data centre operators, service providers and enterprises.

The offer equates to an aggregate purchase price of USD 69 million and has been approved and unanimously recommended by both the board of directors of both companies.

The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including the tender of at least a majority of MRV Communications’ outstanding shares of common stock. If successful, the acquisition will further strengthen Adva’s portfolio of optical, Ethernet and software solutions and expand its customer base, especially in non-European regions.

In 2016, MRV Communications, Inc. recorded revenues of $80.3 million. For the quarter ending March 31, 2017, MRV Communications, Inc. reported revenues of $21.2 million, cash and cash equivalents of $21.7 million and listed no debt.

“MRV Communications, Inc. is a company that shares many of our values. It’s a company that has built a strong reputation focused on customer success and satisfaction. Over 29 years, it has driven some key innovations and played an important role in shaping our industry,” said Brian Protiva, CEO, Adva.

“That’s why we signed a definitive agreement to acquire it today. We believe there’s a strong synergy between our two companies. MRV Communications, Inc.’s technology and talent will strengthen our own product set and help us to deliver even more value to our customers. Our combined teams present the marketplace with an incredibly compelling skill set and technology base.”

Adva’s acquisition of MRV Communications, Inc. will be the second significant acquisition it has made in as many years. In 2016, the company acquired Overture Networks to strengthen its Carrier Ethernet portfolio and create one of the industry’s most successful NFV product suites – Ensemble.

Earlier in 2017, Ensemble was selected by Verizon to drive its virtual uCPE solution. Adva commented that its “continued success across a range of customer segments led to the posting of record Q1 revenues in April 2017”. Its intended acquisition of MRV Communications is subject to customary conditions and is expected to be completed in August or September of 2017.

“The networking industry is experiencing one of the most exciting and tumultuous phases in its history. The pace of innovation has never been faster or more demanding. To continue to exceed customer expectations and outperform network demands, we must use every possible advantage,” said Uli Dopfer, CFO at Adva.

“The acquisition of MRV Communications will not only strengthen our cloud access portfolio, but it also opens the door to new customers. Together, Adva and MRV Communications, Inc. present an exciting networking force.”

Matthew Peach

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by Matthew Peach

Matthew Peach is a freelance technology journalist specialising in photonics and communications. He has previously worked for several business-to-business publishers, editing a range of high-tech magazines and websites.