Tandberg shareholders take on Cisco

October 15, 2009

Acquisitive by nature, with a famed M&A team at hand and a couple of different bids already in the market, Cisco Systems is no stranger to stakeholders in its takeover targets trying to get a better deal. So news that investors holding 24 percent of the shares in videoconferencing firm Tandberg have snubbed Cisco’s $3 billion bid shouldn’t rattle the company too much.

A Norwegian analyst figured it was possible Cisco might raise its 153.50 crowns-per-share bid by 11 percent. But investors aren’t nearly as optimistic about Cisco opening up its wallet or a rival bidder emerging. Tandberg shares are hovering at only about a crown above Cisco’s offer price, even after the call to arms from existing shareholders.

The one-month tender period for Tandberg shareholders began on Oct. 9, and Cisco needs acceptances from at least 90 percent of shareholders to fully acquire the company. Analysts say it could opt for a smaller stake if the price for the whole company isn’t right.

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