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Top 3 Israeli M&a Stories from December

Orca Security Employees (Photo: Orca Security)

One way a startup makes it’s exist is through an acquisition by another company. Startup Nation Israel is filled with such exits. There are also plenty of big deals where Israeli firms buy foreign ones.

Here are the 3 biggest mergers and acquisition stories from Israel from December.

SentinelOne’s $2.5 Billion Acquisition of Orca Security in Trouble
SentinelOne, an Israeli cybersecurity firm, has been planning on taking over fellow Israeli cybersecurity company Orca Security for some time now, at a reported price of $2.5 billion. But now Calcalist is reporting that there may be some problems with the SentinelOne takeover bid that could end it entirely.

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According to the report in Calcalist, the deal is in jeopardy because of a recent decline in the value of SentinelOne’s stock. The company’s stock has fallen by 30% since it hit a high of $71 per share in November.

Founded in 2019, Orca Security offers a cloud security innovation. The company provides cloud-wide, workload-deep security and compliance for AWS, Azure, and GCP. Orca boasts that it treats a client’s cloud as an, “interconnected web of assets, prioritizing risk based on the severity of the underlying security issue combined with environmental context, including its accessibility and potential damage to the business.” This does away with thousands of meaningless security alerts to provide just the critical few that matter, along with their precise path to remediation.

McDonald’s sells Israeli personalization platform Dynamic Yield to Master Card
McDonald’s sold Dynamic Yield to Master Card. The Israeli company experiences rapid expansion as one of the world’s leading personalization platforms. McDonald’s announced in April that it is looking for a buyer for Dynamic Yield.

No financial details were disclosed, although it is likely to be larger than the $300 million paid by McDonald’s for the company in 2019. The deal is expected to finalize in early 2022.

Founded in 2011 by CEO Liad Agmon and Omri Mendellevich, Dynamic Yield has developed machine learning algorithms to help businesses personalize their websites to specific users. It presents tailored product recommendations, discounts, and content based on past purchases, page views, time of day, current store traffic, and trending products.

Meta-Facebook Must Sell Giphy
Meta, the new parent company of Facebook’s, has been ordered to sell off its recent acquisition, Giphy, a website for making and sharing animated images, or GIFs. The order came from the U.K.’s competition and antitrust regulator.

OK, so this one didn’t happen in Israel, but it’s still a big deal.

The Competition and Markets Authority said the deal harms social media users and U.K. advertisers. Meta, of course, is planning on appealing the decision.

In a statement the Authority said, “By requiring Facebook to sell Giphy, we are protecting millions of social media users and promoting competition and innovation in digital advertising.”



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