LifeSize Communications, a business communications firm that caters to budget-conscious companies, gets acquired by Logitech for $405 million.
PC video communication company Logitech International announced it has
agreed to acquire privately held LifeSize Communications, a high-definition video
communication solutions specialist, for $405 million in cash.
LifeSize currently boasts more than 9,000 video conferencing customers
across 80 countries in large enterprises, small to medium-size businesses
(SMBs), and public health care, education and government organizations.
LifeSize, founded in 2003 and located in Austin,
Texas, employs around 330 employees
worldwide and expects to earn $90 million in revenue in 2009. The company
offers a variety of solutions aimed at midmarket companies, including LifeSize
Passport, a palm-sized HD video system, and LifeSize Express 220, an HD video
The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including
antitrust approval, and is expected to close in December. Logitech said it
plans for LifeSize to operate as a separate division in Austin
under the leadership of Craig Malloy as the LifeSize Communications CEO,
reporting to Logitech President and CEO
In a letter to LifeSize customers and partners, Malloy and Quindlen said the
two companies share a vision for the role of video in business and professional
communication, believing that anywhere there is voice there should be video.
"We believe Logitech and LifeSize-in partnership with other leading technology
companies-can drive innovation, price/performance and open standards so that
the experience of visual communication is just as common and natural," the
"We expect this acquisition to enable Logitech to extend our leadership in
video communication beyond the desktop," said Quindlen. "Together we can make
life-like, HD-quality video communication as mainstream and seamless as a
telephone, for meeting participants in the boardroom, at their office desk, in
a remote-location meeting room, telecommuting from home or on the go with a
Logitech and LifeSize said they also expect to further video communication
growth by leveraging their combined technology expertise as well as Logitech's
manufacturing and supply chain operations and research and development
(R&D) operations. Logitech said it expects the acquisition to be neutral to
slightly positive to its operating income (excluding acquisition-related
charges) in the 2011 fiscal year ending March 31, 2011, and positive thereafter.
"LifeSize was founded on the vision of providing life-like
visual-communication solutions to change the way the world communicates,"
Malloy said in a prepared statement. "We believe that together with Logitech,
we can realize that vision for all enterprises-private and public-and small and
medium businesses. Our combined proven innovation can accelerate mainstream
adoption of video communication by anyone, anywhere."