Cisco Systems today announced a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Komodo Technology of Los Gatos, California. Komodo Technology is a developer of Voice-over-IP (VoIP) devices that allow analog telephones to place calls over IP-based networks. This acquisition supports Cisco’s strategy to offer service providers an end-to-end solution for providing integrated data, voice and video services over a single Internet-based network.
Under the terms of the agreement, Cisco common stock worth an aggregate value of approximately $175 million will be exchanged for all outstanding shares and options of Komodo Technology. This transaction includes a 10.5% minority investment made by Cisco in March 2000.
This acquisition will be accounted for as a purchase and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of Cisco’s fiscal year 2001. In connection with the acquisition, Cisco expects a one-time charge of up to $.02 per share on an after-tax basis for purchased in-process research and development expenses.
The acquisition has been approved by the board of directors of each company and is subject to various closing conditions including approval under the Hart Scott Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act.
Komodo’s VoIP devices are solutions that will help service providers meet the growing demand for IP telephone services by supporting customers with analog telephones. An analog phone can be connected directly to Komodo’s product, which connects via an internal modem to a standard telephone line or via an Ethernet jack to a broadband (DSL, cable or wireless) access device.
Komodo Technology, Inc. was founded in 1999. The 25 employees will be led by Komodo CEO Jan Fandriato and will join the Packet Telephony Division in Cisco’s Service Provider Line of Business led by Senior Vice President Kevin Kennedy.