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VMware closes Carbon Black buy; AT&T to sell Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands assets

S&P Global Market Intelligence provides a wrap-up of U.S. companies' technology, media and telecommunications deal announcements, completions and updates from Oct.8 to Oct. 14.


* AT&T Inc. agreed to sell its wireless and wireline operations in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to Liberty Latin America Ltd. for $1.95 billion in cash at closing. The transaction includes network assets, including spectrum real estate and leases; customers, including 1.1 million wireless subscribers; and contracts. The deal is expected to close within six to nine months, subject to regulatory approvals. At close, about 1,300 current AT&T employees will move to Liberty Latin America.

* Group Nine Media Inc. reached a definitive agreement to acquire women-focused content company PopSugar Inc. for an undisclosed amount. Citing people familiar with the matter, The Wall Street Journal on Oct. 7 pegged the value of PopSugar at $300 million. Group Nine Media's current content lineup includes science-focused Seeker; NowThis, focused on news and politics; animal-focused The Dodo; and Thrillist, which focuses on food and travel.

* U.K.-based digital advertising and marketing services company S4 Capital PLC agreed to merge Dutch digital content unit MediaMonks BV with digital marketing agency Firewood Marketing Inc. for $150 million in a cash-and-stock transaction. The price includes a cash payment of $77.5 million, with the remaining $72.5 million to be paid in 41,428,571 new ordinary shares. Firewood, which offers creative, strategy and planning, performance media and technology services, will become a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of S4 Capital following the admission of new shares.


* Cisco Systems Inc. completed the acquisition of privately held Customer Analytics Technologies Inc., which does business as CloudCherry, for an undisclosed sum. CloudCherry is a customer experience management company that provides predictive analytics and customer journey mapping services.

* Riverside Assessments LLC bought software as a service platform ESGI LLC, or Educational Software for Guiding Instruction, for an undisclosed amount. ESGI provides real-time early childhood student data in reports, graphs, parent letters and flashcards.

* Middle-market private equity firm HGGC LLC closed the acquisition of Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. in a cash deal that represented a total equity value of approximately $825 million. Monotype develops, markets, and licenses technologies and fonts in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Japan and internationally.

* Middle-market-focused private equity firm Baymark Partners purchased IT service provider Presidium Network Services LLC. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

* VMware Inc. completed its acquisition of security solutions provider Carbon Black Inc. for an enterprise value of $2.1 billion. VMware said the acquisition, which it funded through cash on its balance sheet and loans, is expected to boost its cybersecurity protection portfolio.

* Private equity firm Thoma Bravo LLC purchased a majority stake in International Decision Systems Inc., which offers cloud-based asset finance software, from middle-market investor SV Investment Partners LLC. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

* TPG Capital Management LP completed the purchase of CollabNet Inc., which provides a platform for value stream management, agile planning, DevOps and source code management, from Vector Capital Management LP. The private equity buyer will invest as much as $500 million to develop CollabNet's platform, as well as help boost the growth of its portfolio and support its strategic acquisitions.


* Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood will back out of a suit by several U.S. states against the proposed merger between T-Mobile US Inc. and Sprint Corp., after securing a settlement with the wireless carriers. As part of the settlement, the combined entity will roll out a 5G network in Mississippi within three years from the deal's closing. The service would initially allow at least 62% of the state's general and rural populations to get download speeds equal to or more than 100 Mbps.