Intel to buy McAfee for $7.68bn

Mike Halsey MVP
Aug 19, 2010
Updated • Dec 10, 2012

Intel, the world's biggest manufacturer of computer processors has announced it's to buy security technology firm McAfee for $7.68bn (£5bn) in cash the BBC reports.  The deal values the anti-virus firm at $48 per share, almost 60% higher than it's closing share price yesterday.

Intel says it will utilise McAfee to help it build security features into it's processors, which currently power the majority of all PCs and Apple Macs around the world.

Both companies have already been working together for the last 18 months and both parties hope that regulatory approval for the buy-out will be granted after both boards for directors agreed the deal unanimously.

News of the surprise move for Intel sent McAfee's shares soaring y 58% for $47.17 while Intel's shares fell slightly by 3.2%, though probably not on the basis of this news.

Tim Danton, editor of PC Pro magazine, said the announcement came out of the blue.

"Intel does buy a lot of companies and it does have a lot of more cash than anyone else out there. So it making a big acquisition isn't a surprise, but you may have thought it more likely to buy another hardware firm," he told the BBC.

"No doubt Intel is looking ahead and seeing that the laptop and desktop market are probably past their heyday and the big growth area is mobile.

"For a company like Intel, it's nowhere near as strong in the mobile area as it is in the laptop and desktop areas, so it's probably looking for new ways to get streams and revenues in the future."

But he added: "Perhaps that is Intel's point of view but not everybody else's. The reaction from investors has been quite negative."

McAffe was founded in 1987 and has revenues of $2bn a year.  Intel, founded in 1968 has annual revenues of $35bn.


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  1. strelaoz said on August 19, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    What a wonderful news! We don’t have to put up with Symantec any more!
    As I have reported to Symantec Ethics about David Freer’s (VP, Symantec – Norton, APJ) misconducts (fraud, having dissented sex with me as he lied, using company resources for personal benefits – hundreds hours phone calls, hanging out with me during office hours, negative impacts on Symantec corporate image), what they do surprise me too. They basically ignore – never process the investigation, covering the serial lying & cheating criminal up, then threaten me. As Warren Buffet said when he decides which company is worth to invest, he values the CEO’s ethic and integrity the most. Being a senior management, David Freer shall walk the talks, instead he has set up a terrible example. How dare Symantec always campaign the company itself as defeat cyber criminals, but in the real world, Symantec acts just like robbers, mafia, & criminals. How ironic!

  2. ilev said on August 19, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Intel shows by this move that it doesn’t believe that Microoft’s Windows OS will be ever secure and in no need for anti-virus/maleware/rottkit/botnet/keylogger…. applications.

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