March 7, 2017 / 10:07 PM / 10 months ago

CA's 'BBB+' IDR and Stable Outlook Unaffected by Acquisition of Veracode

(The following statement was released by the rating agency) CHICAGO, March 07 (Fitch) According to Fitch Ratings, CA Inc.'s (CA) ratings, including the 'BBB+' Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR), are unaffected by the acquisition of leading applications security testing software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider, Veracode, for approximately $614 million in cash. The Rating Outlook is Stable. A full list of current ratings follows at the end of this release. The acquisition of Veracode will strengthen CA's DevOps position by adding leading applications security testing (AST) capabilities that integrate security into software development. The deal accelerates growth in security testing, which is outpacing broader security market growth and will continue to benefit from increasing penetration of web- and cloud-based business applications over the next few years. The acquisition also provides meaningful opportunities for CA to sell into Veracode's core mid-size enterprise customer base, while adding AST offerings to CA's installed base of large enterprise customers. CA expects Veracode will add 2%-3% to revenue for fiscal 2018, which Fitch estimates equates to roughly $100 million of annual revenue, including the deferred revenue haircut. This equates to a more than 6x annual revenue acquisition multiple including the haircut but likely closer to 5x without it. As is typical with the SaaS model, acquired operating profit margins will be modestly dilutive to CA's corporate-wide margins but should expand from increasing scale. Fitch believes CA is able to fund the all-cash transaction with available cash and cash equivalents, which were $2.8 billion as of Dec. 31, 2016. However, only 21% of this cash and cash equivalents was located in the U.S., implying the at least partial use of offshore cash or some form of borrowing. Fitch estimates total leverage (total debt to operating EBITDA) was 1.2x for the latest 12 months (LTM) ended Dec. 31, 2016, well below Fitch's negative leverage-focused rating sensitivity of 2x and should provide sufficient headroom for the company to execute on its technology-focused acquisition strategy. CA announced it reached a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Veracode for $614 million of total cash consideration. CA expects the deal to close in the first fiscal quarter of 2018 (ended June 2017) and is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. Fitch currently rates CA Inc. as follows: --Long-Term IDR 'BBB+'; --Revolving Credit Facility 'BBB+'; --Senior Unsecured Term Loan 'BBB+'; --Senior Unsecured Notes 'BBB+'. The Rating Outlook is Stable. 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