Cisco Buys Acacia for $2.6 Billion to Add Optical Technology

(Bloomberg) — Cisco Systems Inc. agreed to buy Acacia Communications Inc. for about $2.6 billion, the technology giant’s latest acquisition as it seeks technologies to meet customer demand for more robust networks.

The San Jose-based company will pay $70 a share, a 46% premium to Acacia’s closing price on Monday, the companies said in a statement Tuesday. The purchase price is about $2.6 billion on a fully diluted basis net of cash and marketable securities, and the deal is expected to close in the second half of Cisco’s fiscal 2020 year.

Cisco, whose equipment makes up the backbone of the internet and corporate networks, has recently rekindled growth by revamping existing products and adding new software and services under a corporate makeover by Chief Executive Officer Chuck Robbins. In May, the company gave a bullish sales and profit forecast for the current period, a sign that corporations continue to spend on computer networks despite the trade dispute between China and the U.S.