BMC Grabs Marimba For $239 Million

BMC Software on Thursday said it has agreed to acquire Marimba for $239 million in cash, using the company's technology to expand the capabilities of its software that ties systems

April 29, 2004

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BMC Software on Thursday said it has agreed to acquire Marimba for $239 million in cash, using the company's technology to expand the capabilities of its software that ties systems and applications management with business objectives.

Under the deal, Houston-based BMC will pay $8.25 in cash for each Marimba share. BMC expects to complete the acquisition in its second fiscal quarter, which runs from July to September, pending approval from regulators and Marimba stockholders.

News of the takeover bid drove Marimba stock up $3.16, or 65 percent, to $8.03 in early afternoon trading on the Nasdaq. BMC stock was down $1.90, or 9.7 percent, to $17.60.

For the last couple of years, BMC has been on a buying spree to build out its products that collect data from computer systems and applications and link the information to service-level agreements. This connection makes it possible for BMC software to detect when SLAs may be missed and take automated steps to prevent it. In marketing terms, the process is called business service management.

Following the acquisition, Marimba's software change and configuration management technology would be incorporated in BMC's Remedy software for IT-service management. That software includes Remedy change and asset management products.Remedy and BMC's Patrol software are core elements of the company's business service management offering.Rich Wyckoff, president and chief executive for Mountian View, Calif.-based Marimba, said in a statement that the combines software gives customers "a single vendor that delivers a complete change and configuration management solution tying together process-based asset and change management capabilities with policy-based discovery, patch management, and software distribution."

Among BMC's largest competitors in system and application management are Hewlett-Packard and Computer Associates.

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