Latest reports in from Taipei have shown that Trend Micro are receiving offers for a company take over, although the players involved are being kept quiet at this time. Trend Micro are a publicly listed company which means if the shareholders agree to a takeover deal then the CEO will abide by the decision.
Company chairman Steve Chang has said that the companies long term plan is still to remain independent but is not ruling out the option of accepting a reasonable merger offer if one is presented. When Eva Chen was asked about Intel making an offer, she declined to make a comment.
She was keen however to point out that Intel’s purchase of McAfee at over 60% higher than market value proved there was big interest in security software solutions. She said the price for acquiring Trend Micro would be much higher than Intel’s successful bid for McAfee. Trend Micro have been expanding over recent years and their engineering team has grown by 30% in the last 48 months.
KitGuru says: We have yet to hear who has been involved in initial talks, but we would assume it is one of the industries biggest players.