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Zix agrees to acquire cloud-based cybersecurity provider AppRiver for $275M in cash

The buyer has secured a $100 million convertible preferred equity commitment from True Wind Capital and a $200 million debt commitment from SunTrust and KeyBanc Capital Markets
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The purchase of cloud-based AppRiver, according to Zix, provides 'attractive and abundant synergies'

Zix Corp (NASDAQ:ZIXI) said Tuesday that it has agreed to acquire AppRiver, a provider of cloud-based cybersecurity products, for $275 million in cash.

Dallas-based Zix, a provider of e-mail security, said in a press release that it expects the combined entity will have annual recurring revenue of $180 million at closing. Zix is aiming for annual recurring revenue of about $200 million to $207 million at the end of its 2019 fiscal year, which would represent a growth rate of 11% to 15% year over year. 

READ: Zix reports beat 3Q EPS and revenue, raises guidance for full year

AppRiver serves more than 60,000 companies worldwide and is supported by what Zix says is “a 4,500-strong” reseller community. The company provides Microsoft Office 365 and Secure Hosted Exchange services, which serve as a lead generator for security products, according to Zix. AppRiver launched its spam and virus service in 2002.

“From a cross-selling standpoint, the acquisition provides attractive and abundant synergies at the onset, including the opportunity to drive stronger attach rates by attaching Zix’s solutions to AppRiver’s customer base,” Zix CEO David Wagner said in a statement.

Zix added Tuesday that it has secured a $100 million convertible preferred equity commitment from True Wind Capital and a $200 million debt commitment from SunTrust Banks Inc (NYSE:STI) and KeyBanc Capital Markets.

Shares of Zix dropped 2.9% to $5.80 in Tuesday's Nasdaq trading.

Drawing on preliminary, unaudited results, Zix said Tuesday that it expects fourth-quarter revenue of $18.3 million to $18.4 million, compared with the $18.1 million average estimate of analysts.

–This story has been updated to give Zix's preliminary revenue outlook–

Contact Dennis Fitzgerald at [email protected]

 

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