Thales acquires Imperva
On December 4, French firm Thales announced that it has completed the acquisition of Imperva, earlier than expected (previously foreseen at the beginning of 2024). This is a key milestone for Thales, creating a global leader in cybersecurity, with more than 5,800 cybersecurity experts across 68 countries and €2.4bn in cybersecurity revenue expected in 2024, including civil and defense activities, with double-digit growth expected thereafter.
This transaction will generate significant value creation for Thales’ shareholders in line with the targets communicated in July 2023, when announcing the acquisition. In addition, the profile of Thales’ Digital Identity and Security (DIS) activity will be significantly enhanced with new financial targets by 2027 (2024-2027 organic sales growth of +6 to +7% and 2027 EBIT margin at 16.5%).
Patrice Caine, chairman and chief executive officer of Thales, said, “The acquisition of the U.S. company Imperva is an important day for Thales, as it marks a new step in the expansion of our global cybersecurity capabilities for enterprises and governments around the world. We are very excited to welcome the Imperva teams to Thales. The combination of our entities’ values and our joint commitment to a future of trust will create significant synergies, business opportunities and major market innovations. With ever-increasing cyber threats against business and government digital infrastructure, Thales is now uniquely positioned to help customers protect the heart of their digital ecosystem: applications, data and identities.”
Together, Thales and Imperva will help customers address cybersecurity challenges that have increased rapidly in frequency, severity, and complexity, with the most comprehensive solutions for the broadest range of application, data security, and identity use cases. These three market segments combined are forecasted to grow significantly in the coming years. With the addition of Imperva, Thales’ expanded cybersecurity portfolio now offers a highly complementary combination of solutions to help customers secure applications, data and identities across their entire digital ecosystem, the company said.
This is Thales’ ninth acquisition in the digital security area over the last nine years, and the second largest in the group’s history after Gemalto, world leader in digital security. After the completed acquisitions of Tesserent, the leading player in cybersecurity in Australia, S21sec & Excellium, two major players in cybersecurity consulting, integration and managed services in Europe, and OneWelcome, a European leader in Customer Identity and Access Management, the integration of Imperva within Thales will position the group’s cybersecurity business as one of the top five global leaders in cybersecurity.
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