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CA Technologies to Acquire ITKO for $330 Million

Adds a new and critical dimension to modern IT management

CA Technologies on Wednesday announced a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Interactive TKO, Inc. (ITKO), a provider of service simulation solutions for developing applications in composite and cloud environments, for $330 million in an all-cash transaction.

According to David Dobson, executive vice president, Customer Solutions Group, CA Technologies, "The addition of ITKO to CA Technologies will extend our ability to deliver a complete set of capabilities to help our customers and partners to increase their adoption and value from cloud-based applications."

Business demand for rapid time-to-market and lower operational costs is driving IT organizations to quickly adopt new approaches such as composite application architectures and cloud services. As the quest for quickly delivering high-quality business services continues, IT management - from automation and security to governance and service assurance - becomes the most critical factor for success.

CA Technologies acquisition of ITKO will add a new and critical dimension to modern IT management and extend it to encompass the entire service delivery lifecycle. In particular, the acquisition will help customers overcome the limitations of current organizational approaches, breaking down the silos across development, testing and operations.

On an unaudited basis, for the trailing 12-month period ending March 31, 2011, ITKO reported revenue of approximately $39 million, more than doubling the prior 12-month period. For this same period, ITKO was highly profitable and generated positive cash flow. Including transaction-related expenses, the transaction is expected to be slightly dilutive on a non-GAAP basis and dilutive on a GAAP basis to CA Technologies earnings per share in fiscal year 2012. The transaction also is expected to be accretive on a non-GAAP and dilutive on a GAAP basis to CA Technologies earnings per share in fiscal year 2013. The acquisition is expected to be completed within three months, pending regulatory approval.

ITKO's LISA solution enables organizations to "mock up" a service at enterprise speed and enterprise scale-even if the application is unfinished or unstable or the physical resource is unavailable. LISA, which is used by more than 125 enterprise customers, virtualizes an environment by simulating the behavior of external services without actually invoking them-e.g. how a checkout or fulfillment process should interact with a service, without actually authorizing a credit card or putting a box on a truck. "What-if" capabilities offer a whole new way to understand how an application might behave if components are changed-e.g. swapping an internal RDBMS for a cloud-based database or changing package shippers.

CA Technologies believes the combination of ITKO, with the company's solutions for Service Assurance, Service Automation, Service Management and Turn-key Cloud, will create the most compelling offerings in the market that accommodate the complexity inherent in today's  applications and environments. For customers, the benefit is business services that can be built, tested and delivered in hours and days, not months and years.

At the close of the transaction, Mittal will join CA Technologies as general manager of ITKO, a division of CA Technologies. It is anticipated that all of ITKO's approximately 120 employees will join CA Technologies.

The acquisition is a continuation of CA Technologies strategy that balances investments to grow the company with returning cash to shareholders. So far in its 2012 fiscal year, the company has repurchased $150 million of its common stock.

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