Joining the Trend – Symantec Plans to Split into Two Firms

Posted by at 1:46 pm on October 9, 2014

Symantec LogoSymantec announced plans to split itself into two publicly traded companies as it explores new strategies to spur growth, sending shares higher in after-hours trading.

The Mountain View, California-based cyber security and storage provider said one firm will focus on cyber security and the other will concentrate on information management.

“Separating Symantec into two, independent publicly traded companies will provide each business the flexibility and focus to drive growth and enhance shareholder value,” CEO Michael Brown said. “Taking this decisive step will enable each business to maximize its potential. Both businesses will have substantial operational and financial scale to thrive.”

The stock jumped as much as 3 percent in low trading volume after closing the regular session 2.4 percent lower at $23.44.

The move is the latest in a slew of corporate splits and acquisition

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