McAfee’s raises $740m in IPO after return to market

The company is valued at about $8.6bn based on the outstanding shares listed in its prospectus

Signage is displayed outside McAfee Corp. headquarters in Santa Clara, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. Cybersecurity software maker McAfee Corp. has filed to go public, adding to the roster of companies rushing to cash in on a hot market for U.S. initial public offerings. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

McAfee and its shareholders raised $740 million in an initial public offering priced within a targeted range as the cybersecurity software provider returns to the stock market.

The company and some of its investors sold 37 million shares for $20 apiece Wednesday, according to a statement. McAfee had marketed 31 million shares for $19 to $22, while its shareholders offered 6 million shares.

McAfee is valued in the IPO at about $8.6 billion based on the outstanding shares listed in its prospectus.

The company, based in San Jose, California, was acquired by Intel in a 2010 deal. In 2016, Intel announced that it had signed an agreement to transfer a 51 per cent stake in McAfee to the investment firm TPG for $1.1bn. The transaction valued the spun-off company at $4.2bn, including debt.

Current backers listed in McAfee’s prospectus include TPG, Intel, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC Pte and the private equity firm Thoma Bravo.

For the 26 weeks ended June 27, McAfee had net income of $31m on revenue of $1.4bn, according to its filings. That compared with a loss of $146m on revenue of $1.3bn for the comparable period last year.

The offering is being led by Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, TPG Capital BD, Bank of America and Citigroup McAfee’s shares are expected to begin trading Thursday on the Nasdaq Global Select market under the symbol MCFE.

The company was founded in 1987 by John McAfee. Since selling to Intel, Mr McAfee has gone through a series of personal legal challenges.

He was a person of interest in a 2012 murder in Belize, though not charged with a crime. Last year, he was detained in the Dominican Republic for entering the country with a cache of firearms and ammunition.

The firearms charges were announced just hours after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sued Mr McAfee for promoting the sale of cryptocurrencies without disclosing that he was being paid to do so. This month, he was arrested on tax-evasion charges for allegedly failing to report that income.