Oracle Buys Acme Packet
Today, we saw Merger Monday return as Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) announced that it was buying Acme Packet (NASDAQ:APKT) for $2.1 billion. It will pay $29.25 per share which is a 22% premium over Acme Packet’s closing price on Friday. Oracle’s entry into the IP network business confirms my persistent confidence in Audiocodes (NASDAQ:AUDC) as an E SBC player in the voice over IP (OTCPK:VOIP) market.
Oracle is paying $2.1 billion for Acme Packet which equates to 6.7 times sales. I promise you that Oracle isn’t paying this multiple without reason. Today, you have an opportunity to buy Audiocodes which has the same dominance in the enterprise side as Acme Packet does in the service provider side of the E SBC market. Audiocodes is a one year old player in the E SBC market,Custom bobbleheads, but it is important to note that historically, it has always commanded a top 1 or 2 spot in its markets.
Acme Packet is the dominant session border controller (SBC) pure play on the service provider side. Audiocodes is the dominant enterprise session border controller (E SBC) pure play on the enterprise side.
The integration of Acme Packet into Oracle could be an opportunity for Audiocodes as some of Acme Packet’s customers may be wary of signing an extensive contract with the industry behemoth and may look for an alternative.
Institutional Interest With today’s buyout, I would expect to see analysts and investors that followed Acme Packet turn their attention to Audiocodes. We saw this already as Needham’s analyst in a note out this morning on the buyout,Custom bobbleheads 75,Personalized Bobbleheads, said “This could suggest interest from other computing/data center players in similar assets. Most notably Sonus Networks (NASDAQ:SONS),bobbleheads, but possibly also players such as Audiocodes .”
Audiocodes is ranked 3 in the E SBC market behind Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) and Acme Packet. Next week, Audiocodes’ CEO will be in New York meeting investors. Institutional interest will now be multiples stronger after today’s news. Keep an eye out for news coming out of Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Lync conference February 18 21 and the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 25 28.
Audiocodes should be an even more attractive takeover candidate:
o Microsoft Audiocodes with its One Voice Lync is the only single source provider for Microsoft buyers with a complete end to end voice solution package,Personalized Bobbleheads 17.
o Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Google is developing its Web Real Time Communications (WebRTC) system,bobbleheads 75. If it wants to bring this to enterprises then it will need Audiocodes’ expertise in VoIP.
o Dell (NASDAQ:DELL) Dell is moving away from PCs and towards the enterprise market. Audiocodes with its E SBC’s and its Microsoft One Lync program would be an attractive addition to its product portfolio.
o BroadSoft (NASDAQ:BSFT) Audiocodes is a partner of BroadSoft and it already provides media gateways, E SBCs, MSBRs, and HD IP phones that are fully integrated into BroadSoft’s VoIP environment.
o Juniper Networks (NYSE:JNPR) Juniper’s routers are lacking in voice expertise. Audiocodes could bring this to Juniper.
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Audrey Williams is a Program Associate at PSA, where she contributes to programs on the IAEA, conflict resolution, and bipartisan foreign policy. She was previously a Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow at The Stimson Center, where she published a report on IAEA technical cooperation in the 21st Century.
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano visist the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute in 2013. Photo Credit: Conleth Brady / IAEA
In the fall of 2014, as the Ebola crisis raged in West Africa, a seemingly unlikely actor entered the effort to prevent the disease’s spread: the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). In the case of the Ebola crisis, the IAEA sent material support to Sierra Leone to help achieve faster diagnoses, which were crucial to both treating and preventing the spread of the disease. Months later, the IAEA brought together 20 experts from 13 African countries for a project to strengthen early detection of disease outbreaks on the continent.
The IAEA is often called a “nuclear watchdog,” and it is certainly a crucial international actor in the effort to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. Yet the Agency’s contributions to peace and security go beyond safeguards and verifications. It is a little known fact that the IAEA has long been a development actor, carrying out projects across food and agriculture, human health, the environment, and other themes in 131 countries and territories through its Technical Cooperation Programme.
Samuel Berger is the former White House national security advisor and current co-chair of Albright Stonebridge Group. He is a member of PSA’s Advisory Board. This article originally appeared in Politico.
There is a notion cultivated by opponents of the Iran nuclear agreement, attractive to members of Congress under intense pressure to vote no, that congressional rejection of the agreement will enable U.S. negotiators to reach a better deal. The expectation is, that with a further turn of the screws, we can pressure the Iranians to give more and/or we give less. But it can’t happen.
*Kyleanne Hunter is a PhD Candidate at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Prior to entering academia, she served as a United States Marine Corps Officer for over a decade, flying the AH-1W “Super Cobra” in multiple combat deployments, and serving as the liaison officer to the House of Representatives.
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*Alex Braha is a Senior Associate at Andreae & Associates in Washington, DC, where she focuses on political and security issues in Africa and the Middle East. She received her M.A. in International Security from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.
The beginning of this month saw glimmers of hope quickly turn back to stalemate with the UN-led negotiations to solve the crisis in Libya. July began with Abdullah al-Thinni, the prime minister for the internationally recognized government currently in power in Tobruk, proclaiming his hopes that a peace deal could be signed at the latest round of talks. This was followed a few days later by the refusal of the rival government in Tripoli to show at the peace talks, expressing their rejection of the UN proposal and suggested amendments from the Tobruk government. The latest iteration of a peace plan is the fourth draft undertaken by UN envoy Bernadino Leon, and the closest he has been to consensus. But with the last minute refusal by the Tripoli government, how many more chances remain to get a deal?
Robert C. “Bud” McFarlane served as President Ronald Reagan’s National Security Advisor from 1983-1985, and is a member of PSA’s distinguished Advisory Board. This post originally appeared in the Washington Times.
In 2009, as intelligence reports confirmed that Iran — the world’s leading state-sponsor of terrorism — had resumed its nuclear weapons development program, the efforts of American policy officials to reverse it focused first on Iranian vulnerabilities. What critical commodity or service essential to daily life in Iran might be restricted by sanctions and thereby influence the government of Iran to change course? It didn’t take long to identify such a strategic commodity: gasoline.
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Lee H. Hamilton is a Distinguished Scholar, Indiana University School of Global and International Studies; Professor of Practice, IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs; Chairman, Center on Congress at Indiana University. He served as U.S. Representative from Indiana’s 9th Congressional District from 1965-1999.
He is a co-founder of the Partnership for a Secure America and sits on the PSA Advisory Board.
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