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McAfee raises $620 million in U.S. IPO

written by Bella Palmer

The IPO valued the cyber security firm at £6.56 billion based on total outstanding shares

Cyber security firm McAfee Corp sold shares in its initial public offering (IPO) on Wednesday at £15.26 ($20) a piece, within its target range, to raise £473.01 million ($620 million).

The IPO valued McAfee, which is backed by U.S. private equity firms TPG and Thoma Bravo, at £6.56 billion ($8.6 billion) based on total outstanding shares. The company also had £3.66 billion ($4.8 billion) in debt as of the end of June.

McAfee had aimed to sell 37 million shares at a target price range of £14.50-£16.78 ($19-$22) per share.

TPG acquired a majority stake in McAfee from Intel Corp in 2016 in a deal which valued the company at £3.20 billion ($4.2 billion), including debt. Thoma Bravo took a minority stake in McAfee in 2017.

In the last few years, McAfee has grown its main cyber security software business, which focuses on consumers, through price increases, new partner programs and good retention rates.

McAfee earlier this year hired ex-BMC Software CEO Peter Leav as its new chief executive to replace Chris Young, who created the company in its current form by carving it out of Intel.

McAfee has said its revenue in 2019 was £1.98 billion ($2.6 billion) with a net loss of £180.05 million ($236 million). In the first half of 2020, the company said revenue reached £1.07 billion ($1.4 billion), while net income was £23.65 million ($31 million).

McAfee said it plans use to use a portion of the IPO proceeds to pay down part of its outstanding debt.

Shares in McAfee are due to begin trading on the Nasdaq on Thursday under the symbol "MCFE."

Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, TPG Capital BD, BofA Securities and Citigroup are the lead underwriters for the offering.


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