News: Adobe is acquiring key rival Figma for $20 billion


Adobe is acquiring key rival Figma for $20 billion

Combination of Adobe and Figma to usher in new era of collaborative creativity.
Adobe is acquiring key rival Figma for $20 billion

Software company Adobe has announced that it is acquiring Figma, a leading web-first collaborative design platform, for approximately $20 billion in cash and stock. 

“Together, Adobe and Figma will reimagine the future of creativity and productivity, accelerate creativity on the web, advance product design and inspire global communities of creators, designers and developers. The combined company will have a massive, fast-growing market opportunity and capabilities to drive significant value for customers, shareholders and the industry,” the company said in a statement on Thursday.

It comes as a big news in the design and development world, particularly as Figma has been competing with Adobe’s XD products in recent years. 

“Adobe’s greatness has been rooted in our ability to create new categories and deliver cutting-edge technologies through organic innovation and inorganic acquisitions. The combination of Adobe and Figma is transformational and will accelerate our vision for collaborative creativity,” said Shantanu Narayen, chairman and CEO, Adobe.

Founded by Dylan Field and Evan Wallace in 2012, Figma pioneered product design on the web. Today, it is making it possible for everyone who designs interactive mobile and web applications to collaborate through multi-player workflows, sophisticated design systems and a rich, extensible developer ecosystem. Figma has attracted a new generation of millions of designers and developers and a loyal student following.

Figma has a total addressable market of $16.5 billion by 2025. The company is expected to add approximately $200 million in net new ARR this year, surpassing $400 million in total ARR exiting 2022, with best-in-class net dollar retention of greater than 150%. With gross margins of approximately 90% and positive operating cash flows, Figma has built an efficient, high-growth business.

"With Adobe's amazing innovation and expertise, especially in 3D, video, vector, imaging and fonts, we can further reimagine end-to-end product design in the browser, while building new tools and spaces to empower customers to design products faster and more easily,” said Dylan Field, co-founder and CEO, Figma.

Once the transaction is closed, Field will continue to lead the Figma team, reporting to David Wadhwani, president of Adobe’s Digital Media business. Until the transaction closes, each company will continue to operate independently.

“Figma has built a phenomenal product design platform on the web,” said Wadhwani. “We look forward to partnering with their incredible team and vibrant community to accelerate our joint mission to reimagine the future of creativity and productivity.”

Under the definitive agreement, approximately 6 million additional restricted stock units will be granted to Figma’s CEO and employees that will vest over four years subsequent to closing. Adobe expects the cash consideration to be financed through cash on hand and, if necessary, a term loan. 

The transaction is expected to close in 2023, subject to the receipt of required regulatory clearances and approvals and the satisfaction of other closing conditions, including the approval of Figma’s stockholders.

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Topics: Technology, #MergersAndAcquisitions, #FutureOfWork

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