Cisco could walk away from Tandberg deal

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Cisco could walk away from Tandberg deal

Tandberg shareholders hold out for higher price.

Cisco is considering walking away from a US$3 billion ($3.34 billion) deal to purchase videoconferening firm Tandberg after some shareholders in the Norwegian company were said to be pushing for a higher offer, according to a Bloomberg report.

Citing “a person familiar with the transaction”, the report explained that those shareholders resisting a sale at the current price have 24 percent of Tandberg.

It said Cisco would “strongly consider walking away” if it is unable to get investors with 90 percent of the company to agree to its 153.5 kroner ($29.81) per share offer.

Cisco made the original bid for the firm at the beginning of October, with the aim of expanding its videoconferencing business.

Tandberg is the second largest manufacturer of such equipment in the world and its chief executive, Fredrik Halvorsen, would become the head of a new videoconferencing division if a deal goes through.

Tandberg’s board have backed Cisco’s offer, however, and industry experts seem to believe the deal will still go through in its present form.

“I think it’s quite unlikely that they’ll drop their offer, everything points to them buying Tandberg,” Arctic Securities ASA analyst Martyn Hoff was reported as saying.

“It’s probably smart of them to send some signals to scare the shareholders into accepting the offer.”

Tandberg shareholders have until 9 November to accept the offer.

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