Since announcing its landmark acquisition of XenSource a little more than a year ago, Citrix has largely taken itself out of the M&A market. And don’t expect that to change anytime soon. CFO David Henshall told the Deutsche Bank Technology Conference earlier this week that the company ‘has its hands full’ with working out its virtualization strategy, which it grandly refers to as a datacenter-to-desktop offering. (That strategy largely reflects the fact that VMware, with an estimated 85% of the server virtualization market, isn’t as vulnerable as Citrix initially thought, at least around ESX.)
While Citrix has inked three deals since XenSource, the acquisitions have been quiet technology purchases. For instance, in January Citrix snagged a product line from FullArmor, a self-funded business process orchestration tool vendor, and in May it added Sepago, a 30-person company that only launched a product a year ago after a few years as a consulting shop.
Instead of spending on M&A, Citrix’s Henshall indicated that the company will continue to put much of the cash it generates ($75-100m each quarter) toward buybacks. If nothing else, Citrix has been getting a relative bargain in the buyback. After two straight earnings warnings earlier this summer, shares sank to their lowest level in almost three years. Around that same time, perhaps not coincidentally, rumors began to surface that Cisco or IBM might be shopping Citrix. If Citrix does get acquired, we still think the deal will flow through Redmond, with Microsoft to reach for its longtime partner to shore up its own virtualization offering.
Citrix deal flow
Source: The 451 M&A KnowledgeBase