Okta CEO defends $6.5 billion deal for rival Auth0 after shares fall


Okta CEO Todd McKinnon on Friday defended his firm’s transfer to amass Auth0, calling the rival firm a complementary asset to its identification and entry administration enterprise.

Okta shares are down 10% because it announced the $6.5 billion all-stock transaction after Wednesday’s shut. The gross sales determine represents greater than a fifth of Okta’s market cap and a premium to the $1.92 billion valuation Auth0 obtained after a funding spherical final summer time.

“This can be a firm that is on a path to go public and, as you recognize, public markets worth public corporations a sure method,” McKinnon informed CNBC’s Jim Cramer.

He appeared on “Mad Money” alongside Eugenio Tempo, the chief govt of Auth0.

“Should you have a look at how we’re valuing it, it is progress accretive to us,” McKinnon added. “We really paid a a number of on income that is barely beneath ours, however in the identical ballpark.”

Auth0 is an identification administration platform for app builders primarily based in Bellevue, Washington. It competes with Okta, a $28 billion cybersecurity outfit primarily based in San Francisco. Okta offers safety instruments to authenticate customers, corresponding to password authorizations, accessing on-line networks.

Auth0 will function as an unbiased arm inside Okta when the transaction closes on the finish of July.

When requested about the necessity to purchase one other identification vendor when Okta already has its personal choices, McKinnon mentioned the tie-up would give his firm a greater method to go after the client identification and entry administration.

He defined that the $30 billion workforce identification market makes up 75% of Okta’s income, whereas $25 billion buyer identification market accounts for 25% of income. Okta focuses extra on pre-built, pre-configured options whereas Auth0 is extra centered on purpose-built app builders, he added.

Auth0 is “a product that is way more versatile and extensible and does precisely all the way down to the bit and chunk what the developer must do, and that is why the 2 options collectively are so compelling,” McKinnon mentioned. “They offer clients nice selection and nice flexibility and nice worth and actually solidify that $25 billion [total addressable market].”

Shares of Okta fell 4.54% to $215.96 Friday. The corporate on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter revenues of $234.7 million, a 40% enhance from a 12 months in the past. It confirmed a internet lack of $75.8 million, down from a lack of $50.5 million within the year-ago quarter.