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McAfee Files for IPO

A registration statement filed by McAfee on Monday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) shows that the company is planning on returning to public markets.

A registration statement filed by McAfee on Monday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) shows that the company is planning on returning to public markets.

Reports of McAfee’s return to the public markets emerged in the summer of 2019, when people familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal that an initial public offering (IPO) could raise at least $1 billion and value the company at over $5 billion.

In its SEC filing, McAfee listed the offering size at $100 million, but Renaissance Capital research analysts say the amount is likely a placeholder and they estimate that the deal could help the company raise up to $2 billion.

McAfee has applied for listing its stock on Nasdaq under the symbol MCFE.

McAfee was acquired by Intel in 2010 for $7.68 billion and in 2014 the chipmaker announced that McAfee would become Intel Security. Then, in 2016, Intel decided that McAfee would again become an independent company after TPG Capital acquired a 51% stake. TPG and Thoma Bravo are listed as McAfee’s sponsors in the SEC filing.

McAfee claims its products protect over 600 million devices and its solutions are used by 86% of Fortune 100 companies. The company claims its net revenue increased from $1.9 billion in 2011 to $2.6 billion in 2019. For the first half of 2020, it reported a net revenue of $1.4 billion and a net income of $31 million.

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.

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