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Intel, TPG in talks to sell McAfee to Thoma Bravo for over $4.2 billion - CNBC

Intel, TPG in talks to sell McAfee to Thoma Bravo for over $4.2 billion - CNBC
McAfee computer security software is shown for sale at a computer store in San Marcos, California, U.S., May 15, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake   -   Copyright  Mike Blake(Reuters)
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(Reuters) – Private equity firm Thoma Bravo LLC is in early talks to buy security software company McAfee from TPG Capital and Intel Corp <INTC.O> for more than $4.2 billion (£3.34 billion), CNBC reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Talks may still fall apart and a deal announcement isn’t expected soon, according to CNBC.

Intel, which paid $7.7 billion for California-based McAfee in 2011, completed the sale of a 51 percent stake in the company to TPG at a $4.2 billion enterprise value last year.

Thoma Bravo has been seeking to rapidly consolidate the cybersecurity sector.

In October, it announced a $2.1 billion acquisition of Imperva Inc <IMPV.O> and last month announced the acquisition of another cybersecurity firm called Veracode from Broadcom Inc <AVGO.O> for $950 million.

Last month, Reuters reported that Thoma Bravo had approached Symantec Corp <SYMC.O> with a takeover offer.

Intel declined to comment, while Thoma Bravo and TPG did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

(Reporting by Vibhuti Sharma in Bengaluru)

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