Thales and Gemalto Merge to Create a Leadership Position in Digital Security

By Chantal Polsonetti

Acquisition or Partnership

Thales and Gemalto announced that they have reached an agreement on a recommended all-cash offer for all issued and outstanding ordinary shares of Gemalto, for a price of €51 per share cum dividend.

Acceleration of Thales’s digital strategy

Over the past three years, Thales has significantly increased its focus on digital technologies, investing over €1 billion in connectivity, cybersecurity, data analytics and artificial intelligence, in particular with the acquisition of Sysgo, Vormetric, and Guavus. The integration of Gemalto strongly accelerates this strategy, reinforcing Thales’s digital offering, across its five vertical markets (aeronautics, space, ground transportation, defense and security). Altogether, this new business unit will represent c. 20% of pro forma Group revenues, with €3.5bn revenues in the digital security market.

Unique and innovative technology portfolio in an IoT, Mobile and Cloud World

Combined with Gemalto’s leading digital security portfolio, Thales will be positioned to offer an end-to-end solution, to secure the full critical digital decision chains, from data creation in sensors to real-time decision making. This technology portfolio is intended to put Thales in a highly differentiated position to provide enterprises and governments with a seamless response to the data security challenges that lie at the heart of their digital transformation.

Creation of a global leader in digital security and cybersecurity

By acquiring a leader in trusted identities and data security, Thales adds over €3bn of revenue to its digital business sales and acquires a set of technologies and competencies that have applications in all of Thales’s five vertical markets. The combination creates a solution portfolio, including security software, expertise in biometrics and multifactor authentication, and the issuance of secure digital and physical credentials. These technologies, which combine diverse and constantly evolving use cases, are expected to yield commercial opportunities and revenue synergies in the years ahead.

Both Thales and Gemalto are experts at addressing the needs of the most demanding clients who are facing data security challenges. These include all operators of critical infrastructures, including banks, telcos, governments, utilities, and general industries. This combination will reinforce and further globalize Thales’s footprint.

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