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Thales Acquires US Guavus, One of the Pioneers of Real-Time Big Data Analysis
October 17, 2017 09:00

The acquisition of Guavus, which follows several acquisitions in the field of connectivity, mobility, and cybersecurity, strengthens Thales's position in one of the key technologies of digital transformation: processing and predictive analytics big data ...

  • Guavus is a pioneer in the processing and analysis of big data in real time
  • Amount of acquisition: up to $ 215 million
  • Thales significantly strengthens its high-tech portfolio to support its customers in their digital transformation

Thales (Euronext Paris: HO) today announced the signing of a definitive agreement for the acquisition of the American company Guavus, one of the pioneers of big data analysis in real time. The acquisition of Guavus, which follows several acquisitions in the field of connectivity, mobility, and cybersecurity, strengthens Thales's position in one of the key technologies of digital transformation: processing and predictive analytics big data, an increasingly critical factor in real-time decision-making.

Patrice Caine, President and CEO of Thales, said: "Combined with our established expertise in other key digital technologies, the acquisition of Guavus represents a tremendous accelerator of our digital strategy for the benefit of our customers. The application of Guavus technologies and expertise in massive data analysis to Thales's core businesses will strengthen our ability to support the digital transformation of our customers, whether in aeronautics, space or signaling. rail, defense or security. "

Anukool Lakhina, founder and CEO of Guavus, said: "The opportunity to join Thales, a global high-tech giant, comes at a time when big data and their industrialized processing, especially in real time accelerator of the digital transformation of governments, companies and cities. All Guavus teams are keen to bring even more intelligence to Thales customers at key decision-making times, while continuing to enrich our offering to our customers and partners in the global marketplace world."

Airlines, satellite operators, air traffic controllers, subways or trains, armed forces or security managers of major urban or energy infrastructures rely on Thales's high-tech solutions to make the best decisions in real time. In a world where the volume of data from ever more connected sensors is growing exponentially, the acquisition of Guavus will increase opportunities for Thales in applications as diverse as predictive maintenance, cybersecurity, critical infrastructure monitoring, and more. optimization of telecommunications networks and systems.

Guavus, a leader in real-time big data analytics and analytics solutions, responds to these growing needs by delivering a proven, industry-leading Big Data platform that is ideally suited for real-time analytics and is designed to be easy to deploy. in new markets. In addition, by bringing the expertise of its 160 R & D engineers, Guavus will significantly enhance Thales's skills in this area.

Founded in 2006, Guavus has focused on the telecommunications and cable network operators market, and processes more than 5 petabytes (5,000 terabytes) of data every day for its customers. This represents a volume equivalent to about 3 million feature films or 500 times the total collections of the US Congressional Library. It supports more than 20 major operators worldwide, including the top 5 North American mobile operators (AT & T, Rogers, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon), 4 of the 5 US Internet backbone operators, and 7 of 8 first cable operators.

The company, headquartered in San Mateo, California, Silicon Valley, has 250 employees, including 50 in Montreal (Canada) and 140 in Gurgaon (India).

The company's sales are expected to exceed $ 30 million for the current year. The impact of this acquisition on Thales 2017 EBIT should be non-material. This transaction is carried out for an enterprise value that could reach a maximum amount of $ 215 million, subject to the achievement of objectives of significant growth in sales. It is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2017.

Thales Acquires US Guavus, One of the Pioneers of Real-Time Big Data Analysis