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Is Jasper Technologies another pig-in-a-poke acquisition for Cisco?

What in Jasper's financial results led to the scuttling of its IPO in 2015?

Tallahassee, Florida:   Wed, 2/3/16 - 11:44pm    View comments

Jasper TechnologiesCiscoToday Cisco announced its intent to acquire Jasper Technologies for $1.4 billion in cash.

Here's why I believe Jasper could be another pig-in-a-poke acquisition for Cisco:

According to The Wall Street Journal, in April 2014 Jasper was valued at $1.4 billion after receiving $204 million in total equity funding.

So that means either Jasper was overvalued at the time or perhaps Jasper has not increased in value.

And why is that?

Again in my opinion, The Wall Street Journal raised yet another "red flag" on November 21, 2014:

"Jasper Technologies Inc., which makes a software platform to help companies connect to the Internet, is working on an initial public offering for next year, people familiar with the matter said.

"The Mountain View, Calif., company is working with banks including Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Deutsche Bank AG on an offering that could raise $150 million and give the business a multibillion-dollar market value, the people..."

What in Jasper's financial results led to the scuttling of its IPO in 2015?

Finally, perhaps the following IoT competitors are eating Jasper's lunch:

  1. Covisint
  2. Ericsson
  3. KORE
  4. Sierra
  5. Wyless

What's your take?

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