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Mitel Polycom Deal Falters After New Bid Accepted

Polycom has terminated its deal with Mitel after Siris Capital Group made an attractive bid last month. Shares of both Polycom and Mitel rose upon the news

Polycom spiked nearly 13 percent, and Mitel popped nearly 20 percent on Friday. Private equity firm Siris Capital overshadowed Mitel’s $1.96 billion offer with a roughly $2 billion, or $12.50 per share, cash bid.

“We are very excited for the opportunity to partner with Polycom and its leadership team, as the Company fits well with Siris’ investment focus on mission-critical telecommunications businesses,” said Dan Moloney, executive partner at Siris, in a statement Friday.

Siris added that it wants to use Polycom’s audio and video collaboration to move into a cloud-based environment.

“While I am disappointed that this particular transaction will not move forward, I am confident in Mitel’s future as an industry leader and as a market consolidator,” said Rich McBee, president and CEO of Mitel in a Friday statement. He indicated that the company would not adjust the prior agreement.

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David Dungay

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