REFILE-Cisco acquires minority stake in Russia's Parallels
MOSCOW Jan 17 (Reuters) - Networking equipment company Cisco Systems Inc has acquired a small stake in Russian software developer Parallels, Parallels said on Thursday.
Parallels said in a statement that Cisco has bought about 1 percent of the company and added that the stake sale does not rule out a possible initial public offering of the Russian firm.
"We are looking at all possible ways to ensure liquidity options: dividend payouts, IPO, mergers and acquisitions," Parallel's press service said.
The price of the deal with Cisco has not been revealed, but Cisco will get a seat on Parallels board of directors, the press service said.
At the end of last year the company, which does not disclose financial results, announced that it aims to expand its cloud business and solutions based on the Unified Data Center platform by 20-26 percent annually in the next three years.
- Qatar will not host World Cup: FIFA official
- Exclusive: Iran seeks give and take on Islamic State militants, nuclear program
- New Jersey man attacked and killed by black bear, police say
- Alibaba IPO ranks as world's biggest after additional shares sold
- Islamic State tells followers to attack U.S., French citizens: website