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Thales expands cybersecurity leadership with Tesserent acquisition
Thu, 15th Jun 2023

Tesserent and Thales have entered into a binding Scheme Implementation Deed (SID) under which it is proposed that Thales will acquire 100% of the shares in Tesserent by way of a Scheme of Arrangement for A$0.13 per ordinary share in cash valuing Tesserents equity at A$176m.

The combination of Thales and Tesserent will create an experienced provider of much needed cybersecurity services in Australia and New Zealand at a time when the market is expecting double-digit growth through to 2026.

The Tesserent business will continue to be known as Tesserent, and its visual identity will incorporate the Cyber Solutions by Thales tagline. It will become the lead cybersecurity offering of Thales Australia and New Zealand. It will accelerate the growth of cyber solutions operations for Thales customers in Australia and New Zealand, supported by the scale, balance sheet and know-how of the global Thales business.

As a global leader in cybersecurity, Thales is involved at every level of the cyber value chain, offering solutions ranging from risk assessment to protection of critical infrastructure, supported by comprehensive threat detection and response capabilities. 

Its offer is built around three families of cybersecurity products and services, which generated sales of 1.5 billion in 2022:

Global security products around the CipherTrust Data Security Platform, the SafeNet Trusted Access Identity and Access Management as a service solution, and the broader cloud protection & licensing offerings.

Sovereign protection products including encryptors and sensors to protect critical information systems.

Cybels solutions portfolio, a complete suite of cybersecurity services including risk assessment, training and simulation, and cyberattack detection and response.

"I am thrilled that, through the proposed transaction, Tesserent teams would be joining Thales, a global leader in cybersecurity," says Kurt Hansen, chief executive officer of Tesserent.

"Together we will address the growing cyber needs in our country, including those of the Australian Government and Defence sectors. I am convinced this transaction would represent a great opportunity to further grow Tesserent's business and its people," he says.

Jeff Connolly, CEO of Thales Australia, added, "With the acquisition of Tesserent and its highly skilled team of cyber experts, and combined with our own system engineering experts, Thales Australia will establish an Australian/New Zealand leader in Cyber Defence able to best protect the country and its national infrastructure from cyber threats.

"The Tesserent team will have access to global expertise and a strong balance sheet to provide local Australian and New Zealand businesses both a sophisticated and wide cybersecurity offering in a fragmented market," he says.

"After the acquisition of S21sec, Excellium and OneWelcome in Europe in 2022, we continue to accelerate our global cybersecurity strategy and consolidate our leadership in cybersecurity, both for critical infrastructure as well as multinational companies."