Riverbed Receives Financing for $1 Billion Opnet Purchase

Riverbed Technology Inc. (RVBD), the maker of computer-networking products, has obtained a financing commitment from two banks supporting its $1 billion acquisition of Opnet Technologies Inc. (OPNT)

Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. are providing the debt portion of the funding, San Francisco-based Riverbed said in a statement distributed by Business Wire today.

The financing will be about $500 million, Paul O’Farrell, vice president of corporate development and strategy said in a telephone interview.

“We see tremendous growth potential in the application market place and are confident in the combination of the two companies,” David Greene, chief marketing officer, said in a telephone interview.

Riverbed is acquiring shares of Bethesda, Maryland-based Opnet through an exchange offer, according to the statement. It’s expected to be completed before year-end.

The stock-and-cash deal has an enterprise value of $921 million and is expected to close by the end of 2012, the companies said in the statement.

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