Acquisition of Invincea

Released : 08 Feb 2017 07:01

RNS Number : 2804W
Sophos Group Plc
08 February 2017

8 February 2017


This announcement contains inside information within the purposes of article 7 of the EU Market Abuse Regulation 596/2014

Sophos Group plc

("Sophos", or the "Company")

Acquisition of Invincea

Sophos (LSE: SOPH), a leading provider of cloud-enabled enduser and network security solutions, today announces that is has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the commercial software products business of Invincea, Inc., ("Invincea") a leading developer of patented advanced next-generation malware protection, from its existing shareholders for $100 million plus a $20 million earn-out (the "Acquisition").

Headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, with approximately 100 employees, Invincea has been consistently ranked as among the best performing machine learning, signatureless next-generation endpoint technologies in third-party testing, rated highly both for high detection and low false-positive rates. Invincea has a strong presence in the US, particularly in the government, healthcare and financial services sectors. The Invincea endpoint security portfolio prevents, detects and remediates zero-day and sophisticated attacks, and combines neural-network based machine learning and behavioral monitoring to enhance detection through artificial intelligence and stop evasive malware before damage occurs.

The Acquisition of Invincea extends and consolidates Sophos' lead in the rapidly growing next-generation endpoint market, which many industry analysts expect to materially enhance both the size and growth rate of the overall endpoint market. Sophos has already seen significant success with Intercept X, an industry-leading next-generation endpoint solution, built on a combination of existing Sophos technology and technology integrated through the acquisition of SurfRight in December 2015. Using the same approach, Sophos expects to rapidly integrate Invincea into the Sophos Central endpoint product line, with the first Sophos products incorporating Invincea's machine learning technology expected to be available and sold via our global channel of over 26,000 partners in 2017, bringing immediate value to customers. Invincea, which recorded billings of $13.4 million in the twelve months to 31 March 2016, represents a significant growth opportunity for Sophos.

Under the terms of the agreement Sophos will pay $100 million in cash immediately on closing (subject to adjustment for net working capital and other customary adjustments) plus up to $20 million in contingent consideration pursuant to a billings-based earn-out linked to growth achieved during the first year of ownership. Invincea Labs, a division of Invincea that has been separately managed and operated since 2010, will be demerged prior to the Acquisition and does not form part of this transaction. The Acquisition will be funded through cash resources and an extension of existing credit facilities.

Subject to regulatory approval, Sophos expects to complete the Acquisition around the end of the current fiscal year. Sophos will retain the company's office in Fairfax. Invincea CEO Anup Ghosh will join Sophos as an executive member of the senior management team.

Sophos Chief Executive Officer, Kris Hagerman, commented:

"By adding Invincea to our portfolio, Sophos is executing on its vision to assemble the most powerful technologies to provide the very best, cutting-edge defenses for our customers. Invincea is leading the market in machine learning-based threat detection with the combination of superior detection rates and minimal false positives. Invincea will strengthen Sophos' leading next-gen endpoint protection with complementary predictive defenses that we believe will become increasingly important to the future of endpoint protection and allow us to take full advantage of this significant new growth opportunity. We are proud to welcome the Invincea team to Sophos and look forward to introducing the benefits of this advanced technology to our customers and partners worldwide." 

Additional information

The value of the gross assets of Invincea as at 31 March 2016 was $15.7 million. In the twelve months to 31 March 2016, Invincea recorded billings of $13.4 million, revenue of $9.8 million and a loss before tax of $11.8 million. The acquisition is expected to be broadly neutral to Cash EBITDA in its first full year of ownership and additive thereafter.

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulations (EU) No.596/2014 ("MAR").  Upon the publication of this announcement via a Regulatory Information Service, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

Forward-looking statements:

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About Sophos:

More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos' complete security solutions as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Simple to deploy, manage and use, Sophos' award-winning encryption, endpoint security, Web, email, mobile and network security solutions are backed by SophosLabs - a global network of threat intelligence centers. Sophos is headquartered in Oxford, UK, and is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol "SOPH." More information is available at

About Invincea:

Founded in 2009, Invincea has built one of the strongest and most effective next-generation endpoint technologies on the market, with advanced neural network based machine learning algorithms that protect endpoints without affecting performance. The existing stockholders of Invincea include: Grotech Ventures, NAV, Harbert Management Corporation, Aeris Capital AG, ORIX Growth Capital, as well as other individuals.


Sophos Group plc

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Conference call and webcast

Sophos management will host a conference call and audio-webcast, for registered participants, at 09:30 (GMT) today. A replay of the audio-webcast will be also accessible via the Sophos investor website following the presentation.


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Conference calls dial in details:



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+1 646 254 3366 (US)


Conference call confirmation code: 3757905


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