Why is the Tesserent (ASX:TNT) share price climbing 11% on Friday?

Tesserent cybersecurity professional man inspects server room and works on laptop

The Tesserent Ltd (ASX: TNT) share price is surging today despite no news being released by the company.

However, only minutes before yesterday’s close, Tesserent announced it had completed its acquisition of Australian cybersecurity firm, Loop Secure.

Tesserent spent around $13.5 million to acquire Loop, using a mix of cash and scrip to pay.

At the time of writing, the Tesserent share price is 24.2 cents, 10% higher than its previous close.

Let’s take a closer look at the most recent news from the internet security-as-a-service provider.

Tesserent finalises Loop acquisition

The Tesserent share price is gaining today despite no news from the cybersecurity and cloud services company. However, its recently finalised acquisition is a potential catalyst.

Yesterday, Tesserent announced it had completed its acquisition of Loop Secure. While investors’ enthusiasm for Tesserent shares may have been spurred by this today, the acquisition has been a long time coming.

Tesserent first announced its plan to acquire Loop on 19 August.

Back then, the market was seemingly indifferent to the announcement. The Tesserent share price finished that session exactly where it had ended the previous one.

According to Tesserent, its purchase of Loop adds an additional $18 million of unaudited revenue to its books. Loop also has $2.25 million of sustainable earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation (EBITDA).

Additionally, Loop’s security services will strengthen Tesserent’s Cyber 360 capabilities and deliver significant synergy and cross-selling benefits.

Tesserent previously said the acquisition would see it paying $7 million of cash on completion. It expects to pay another $2 million over the following 12 months.

Tesserent share price snapshot

Today’s gains haven’t been enough to boost the Tesserent share price back into the green.

The company’s stock value has fallen 30% since the start of 2021. It is almost 7% lower than it was this time last year.

The post Why is the Tesserent (ASX:TNT) share price climbing 11% on Friday? appeared first on The Motley Fool Australia.

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