Blue Coat To Acquire URL Filtering Provider Cerberian
SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 19, 2004 — Blue CoatÃ¢â€ž? Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BCSI), a leading provider of proxy appliances, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Cerberian®, a provider of URL filtering software, for approximately $17.5 million in stock. The number of shares issued will be based on the average closing price of Blue Coat stock over the 20 trading day period ending on and including the trading day that is three trading days prior to the closing date, subject to adjustment under certain circumstances. The closing of the acquisition is subject to customary conditions, and is expected to occur in approximately 60 days.
The acquisition will result in the integration of Cerberian’s URL filtering and categorization technology onto the Blue Coat ProxySGÃ¢â€ž? appliance. The combination of URL filtering with Blue Coat’s content filtering and protocol control capabilities will provide customers with comprehensive Web control. The Cerberian technology will complement Blue Coat’s existing “on-proxy” support for URL filtering databases from Secure Computing, SurfControl and Websense, giving customers continued flexibility to choose among each of the well-known databases.
“Customers today experience enhanced Web control, authentication and performance benefits by integrating URL filtering onto our ProxySG appliances,” said Brian NeSmith, president and CEO of Blue Coat. “Integrating the Cerberian database with our proxy appliance is a strategic component that will strengthen Blue Coat’s competitive position in the industry, and allow us to grow the sales of our proxy appliances more rapidly.”
Available today as part of the announcement, Blue Coat is offering customers an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) version of Cerberian’s Web ManagerÃ¢â€ž? URL filtering database running on the ProxySG appliance, providing an additional option for implementing high-performance URL filtering “on-proxy.”
Conference Call & Webcast
Blue Coat will host a conference call to discuss this transaction today at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time (6:00 a.m. Pacific time). A live Webcast of the call will also be available at http://www.bluecoat.com/aboutus/investor_relations. The live conference call can be accessed by dialing (800) 319-9003 (toll-free), or (719) 457-2619 (toll call) with the passcode 163068. A playback of the call will be available until midnight on July 22, 2004, and can be accessed by dialing (888) 203-1112 (toll-free), or (719) 457-0820 (toll call), passcode 163068. An archive of the Webcast will also be available at http://www.bluecoat.com/aboutus/investor_relations.
Cerberian is based in Draper, Utah and develops the Web Manager URL filtering software. The company features one of the industry’s largest databases of categorized Web sites, and provides a dynamic URL categorization technology for any new or unrecognized URLs. Cerberian is backed by vSpring Capital, Wasatch Venture Fund, Aspen Grove Capital Group, East Gate Capital, the Angel Partners, and Forval Creative, Inc.
About Blue Coat Systems
Blue Coat enables organizations to keep “good” employees from doing “bad” things on the Internet. Blue Coat wire-speed proxy appliances provide visibility and control of Web communications to address today’s new business risks – such as inappropriate Web surfing, viruses brought in via back door channels such as instant messaging and Web-based email, and network resource abuse due to peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing and video streaming. Trusted by many of the world’s most influential organizations, Blue Coat has shipped more than 18,000 proxy appliances. Blue Coat is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, and can be reached at (408) 220-2200 or www.bluecoat.com.