Why Open Text (OTEX) Is Buying Micro Focus (MFGP) For $6 Billion

By Amit Chowdhry ● Aug 26, 2022
  • Open Text (OTEX) announced it is buying Micro Focus for $6 billion. These are the details.

OpenText announced that it has reached an agreement on the terms of a recommended all-cash offer to be made by Open Text Corporation, through its wholly-owned subsidiary OpenText UK Holding Limited (Bidco), to acquire the entire issued and to be issued share capital of Micro Focus (MFGP) at a price of 532 pence per share, implying an enterprise value of approximately $6 billion on a fully diluted basis.

Micro Focus is one of the world’s largest software companies and serves thousands of organizations globally, including many of the largest companies in the Fortune Global 500 and had approximately $2.7 billion pro forma trailing twelve months (TTM) revenue for the period ended April 30, 2022.

OpenText values Micro Focus’ strong brands and culture and attaches great importance to the skill and experience of Micro Focus’ management team and employees.

Terms of the Acquisition (all figures approximate)

— Total purchase price of $6.0 billion, inclusive of Micro Focus’ cash and debt

— Total purchase price is 2.2x Micro Focus’ pro forma TTM revenues

— Total purchase price is 6.3x Micro Focus’ pro forma TTM adjusted EBITDA

— Expected cost synergies of $400 million, including Micro Focus’ previously announced cost savings program of $300 million (net of inflation), as well as $100 million in additional cost synergies

— Targeting to be on the OpenText operating model within 6 quarters of closing

— Expect meaningful expansion of cloud revenues, adjusted EBITDA, and cash flows in Fiscal 2024

— All-cash consideration for the acquisition to be funded by $4.6 billion in new debt, $1.3 billion in cash, and a $600 million draw on our existing revolving credit facility

— The acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter of calendar 2023, subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions.

The acquisition is subject to approvals of the relevant Micro Focus Shareholders, the sanction of the Scheme by the Court and the receipt of certain antitrust and foreign investment approvals. And the company plans to reduce commitments or the borrowings under the Bridge Loan Agreement by accessing the debt capital markets directly or through certain affiliates prior to or following the closing of the acquisition.

KEY QUOTES:

“We are pleased to announce our firm intention to acquire Micro Focus, and I look forward to welcoming Micro Focus customers, partners and employees to OpenText. Upon completion of the acquisition, OpenText will be one of the world’s largest software and cloud businesses with a tremendous marquee customer base, global scale and comprehensive go-to-market. Customers of OpenText and Micro Focus will benefit from a partner that can even more effectively help them accelerate their digital transformation efforts by unlocking the full value of their information assets and core systems.”

“Micro Focus brings meaningful revenue and operating scale to OpenText, with a combined total addressable market (TAM) of $170 billion. With this scale, we believe we have significant growth opportunities and ability to create upper quartile adjusted EBITDA and free cash flows. We expect Micro Focus to be immediately accretive to our adjusted EBITDA. Micro Focus will benefit from the OpenText Business System to create stronger operations and significant cash flows, and Micro Focus customers will benefit from the OpenText Private and Public Clouds.”

“We intend to fund the all-cash Acquisition with existing cash, new debt and our existing revolving credit facility. OpenText does not contemplate raising any equity to fund the Acquisition. We are committed to providing investors with enhanced visibility into our high-value business areas, delivering a net leverage ratio(3) of below 3x over 8 quarters and continuing our dividend program, and we expect to have Micro Focus on our operating model within 6 quarters of closing the transaction.”

— OpenText CEO & CTO Mark J. Barrenechea