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David Rubenstein’s Carlyle Group to Buy Veritas From Symantec for $8 Billion

The largest private-equity takeover of a technology company this year.

Carlyle Group co-founder and CEO David Rubenstein participates in the Washington Ideas Forum,   in Washington


Carlyle Group LP acquired Symantec Corp.’s Veritas data-storage unit for $8 billion in cash, the largest private-equity takeover of a technology company this year.

Symantec expects to receive approximately $6.3 billion in net cash proceeds
Raises stock repurchase program to $2.6 billion and maintains dividend at $0.15

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Equity for the deal will come from the Carlyle group VI fund, GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund; and other co-investors, Washington-based Carlyle said Tuesday in a statement.

The Carlyle Group has announced that Bill Coleman, the founder of software company BEA Systems Inc., will become chief executive officer, and Bill Krause, a Carlyle operating executive who previously was president and CEO of 3Com, will be chairman, upon closing of the transaction.
The deal is expected to be completed around year-end.

Symantec bought Veritas, which is based in Mountain View, California, in 2005 for more than $13 billion as its largest acquisition.



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