Combined UCC Power: Mitel and Polycom Announce Merger

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Mitel and Polycom announced that the two companies have entered into a definitive merger agreement as talks had recently reached final stages after months of discussions. This has created what has been termed by both a new company with shared vision for seamless communications and collaboration – and according to a statement in a Polycom press release:

The communications and collaboration industry is undergoing a period of intense change that is rapidly redrawing the competitive landscape and breaking down barriers between previously discrete markets and technology domains. Through a series of strategic acquisitions, Mitel has successfully capitalized on changing market dynamics and transformed the company to help customers operate more efficiently and cost effectively. The combination of Mitel and Polycom will create a new industry leader leveraging Mitel’s recognized leadership as a pioneer in global communications with Polycom’s well-known premium brand and industry-leading portfolio in the conference and video collaboration market.

The combined company will be headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, and will operate under the Mitel name while maintaining Polycom’s strong global brand. Richard McBee, Mitel’s Chief Executive Officer will lead the combined organization. Steve Spooner, Mitel’s Chief Financial Officer, will also continue in that role. On the closing of the proposed transaction, it is expected that Polycom will assume two seats on the Mitel board. Once merged, the combined company will have a global workforce of approximately 7,700 employees.

In the deal, Mitel will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Polycom common stock in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $1.96 billion. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of this year, subject to stockholder approval by Polycom and Mitel, receipt of regulatory approval in certain jurisdictions and other customary closing conditions.

One very important thing to note again is that the Polycom brand will be retained.

“Mitel has a simple vision – to provide seamless communications and collaboration to customers. To bring that vision to life we are methodically putting the puzzle pieces in place to provide a seamless customer experience across any device and any environment,” stated Mitel CEO Rich McBee. “Polycom is one of the most respected brands in the world and is synonymous with the high quality and innovative conference and video capabilities that are now the norm of everyday collaboration. Together with industry-leading voice communications from Mitel, the combined company will have the talent and technology needed to truly deliver integrated solutions to businesses and service providers across enterprise, mobile and cloud environments.”

Polycom President and CEO Peter Leav also stated, “Together, Polycom and Mitel expect to drive meaningful value for our shareholders, customers, partners and employees around the world.” He continued, “We look forward to working closely with the Mitel team to ensure a smooth transition and continued innovation to bring the workplace of the future to our customers.”

The merger creates a new $2.5 billion revenue company with scale and differentiated portfolio to allow expansion in an evolving enterprise communications market and also delivers attractive value for Mitel and Polycom’s shareholders with (as stated) significant operating leverage and synergy opportunities.

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The combined global scale and strategic scope provides key customer benefits, offering customers an integrated technology experience to be supported by a vast ecosystem of partners. Certain key market positions include:

  • #1 in business cloud communications (1)
  • #1 in IP/PBX extensions in Europe (2)
  • #1 in conference phones (3)
  • #1 in Open SIP sets (4)
  • #2 in video conferencing (5)
  • #2 in installed audio (6)

By the numbers:

  • Installed customer base in more than 82% of Fortune 500 companies
  • Mobile deployments in 47 of the world’s top 50 economies
  • Combined portfolio of more than 2,100 patents and more than 500 patents pending
  • Global presence across five continents with approximately 7,700 employees worldwide

One of the great attributes of the combined companies will be the deep product integration with Microsoft solutions.

More news to come as this continues to develop.

Sources:

  1. Synergy Research Group, March 2016
  2. MZA Limited, March 2016
  3. Frost & Sullivan, Global Audio Conferencing Endpoints, November 2015
  4. Synergy Research Group, September 2015
  5. Q4 2015 UC Market Tracker – Telepresence Market Share Data Reports, February, 2016
  6. Frost & Sullivan, Global Audio Conferencing Endpoints, November 2015