NetScout buying Danaher's communications business in deal valued at about $2.6B

Associated Press

NetScout is buying Danaher's communications business in a stock deal valued at approximately $2.6 billion.

The communications business includes Tektronix Communications, Arbor Networks, and certain parts of Fluke Networks.

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Shareholders of Danaher Corp. will receive about 62.5 million shares of NetScout. They will own about 59.5 percent of the combined company, while NetScout stockholders will own approximately 40.5 percent.

NetScout co-founder and CEO Anil Singhal said Monday that the deal will allow it to better compete in IT management and cyber intelligence.

The boards of both companies unanimously approved the acquisition, targeted to close in the first half of NetScout's fiscal 2016. It still needs approval from NetScout shareholders.

NetScout Systems Inc. is based in Westford, Massachusetts. Danaher is based in Washington D.C.