Command antivirus which also includes technology to protect against spyware, Trojan downloaders, and other threats is strongly synergetic with the rest of Commtouchs product portfolio. With the addition of antivirus technology as a new, third product line, Commtouch will be offering a comprehensive set of solutions for inbound and outbound messaging and Web security to its customers, who are networking and security vendors and service providers.
The Command antivirus division currently provides its technology to a notable number of leading service providers and vendors, including Google, McAfee, and Microsoft. Certified by Checkmark, West Coast Labs, and a winner of multiple Virus Bulletin awards, Authentium’s Command antivirus technology boasts a small footprint and a highly efficient event-processing system.
Commtouch is expected to pay $4.6 million in cash and an additional earnout contingent upon the achievement of certain revenue milestones through December 31, 2011, which may bring the total amount to approximately $8 million.
The acquisition is expected to be accretive starting the first quarter post-closing and should contribute positively to Commtouchs non-GAAP top and bottom line in 2011. The acquisition will also allow Commtouch to accelerate its rate of growth in revenues and profits.
In the past 18 months, we have expanded our product offerings from a single product line that of messaging security to three complementary product lines, including the one we are purchasing now. In addition, we have broadened our target markets from a single market OEM vendors to include service providers. We believe that this unique combination of expanded offerings and target markets will set the stage for healthy growth for the coming years, said Gideon Mantel, Commtouchs chairman of the board and chief executive officer.
Mr. Mantel added, Commtouch has considered a number of acquisition opportunities during the past year as part of our long-term growth strategy, and after a thorough examination, we decided that Authentiums Command division is the best fit for our business, both strategically and operationally. We believe that many of our current customers will be eager to consolidate their messaging and Web security needs around a single reliable vendor Commtouch and enjoy the operational simplicity and reduced total cost of ownership that this entails. We are excited about the opportunities ahead.
The transaction will be financed from Commtouchs own financial resources. Commtouch ended the second quarter of 2010 with approximately $16 million in cash and zero debt, and management therefore believes that following payment for the deal, the Company will maintain more than sufficient working capital to fund its existing operations as well as to pursue further opportunities and complete its share buy-back program.
We are thrilled to join the Commtouch team. We see great synergies between Commtouch and Command, and both companies have a similar focus on both technological excellence and dedicated customer service, said Helmuth Freericks, Authentiums chief science officer. With the acquisition, we will gain additional resources in terms of capital, marketing, and a renewed focus on enhancing the technology; all of which directly benefit our customers and further enable our commitment to world-class protection. We look forward to continuing to serve our customers moving forward as part of the Commtouch family.