Private equity firm Thoma Bravo LLC is in early talks to buy security software company McAfee from TPG Capital and Intel Corp., Reuters reports, citing a source familiar with the matter.
Talks are at an early stage and there is no guarantee they will lead to a deal, the source said. The talks were reported earlier by CNBC.
Intel, which paid US$7.7 billion for California-based McAfee in 2011, completed the sale of a 51 percent stake in the company to TPG at a US$4.2 billion enterprise value last year.
Thoma Bravo has been seeking to rapidly consolidate the cyber security sector.
In October, it announced a US$2.1 billion acquisition of Imperva Inc. and last month announced the acquisition of another cyber security firm called Veracode from Broadcom Inc. for US$950 million.
Last month, Reuters reported that Thoma Bravo had approached Symantec Corp. with a takeover offer.
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