Elliott and Vista to buy Citrix in $16.5 bn deal

Elliott Management and Vista Equity Partners are set to buy Citrix Systems in a deal that values the U.S. cloud computing company at about $16.5 billion, IT news report in Reuters said.
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The deal, which could be announced as soon as early this week, came after Elliott and Vista tapped the loan market to fund their cash bid for Citrix at $104 per share. Once taking Citrix private, Vista plans to merge it with Tibco, another data analytics software firm it owns.

Citrix’s products allow employees of companies to access their network remotely. However, it failed to capitalize on the rise of remote working during the COVID-19 pandemic because it spent too much on its Salesforce and too little on its distribution partners, Citrix interim Chief Executive Robert Calderoni said on the company’s most recent quarterly earnings call.

Elliott, the hedge fund that has amassed a stake in Citrix, has been looking for partners to take the company private since last October.

While Citrix has struggled to transition to a subscription-based business, demand for its cloud services soared during the pandemic as companies shifted to remote working models.

Citrix reported operating income of $84.5 million in the third quarter, down from $128.3 million a year ago, as higher operational expenses weighed.

Calderoni took over on an interim basis from David Henshall, who stepped down last month, having served as Citrix CEO since 2017. Elliott managing partner Jesse Cohn joined the Citrix board of directors in 2015 and stepped down last year.