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Network Associates Bumps Up Offer

Network Associates executives put its final bid on the table for shareholders, saying they won't dilute their stock value any more to accommodate a merger.

Network Associates already owns 76 percent of's outstanding common stock.

If board of directors and shareholders sign off on the current bid, they would receive $8 in cash and .675 of Network Associate stock in exchange for every share.

A source close to said a special committee established earlier this year is being reviewed to look at the Network Associates offer. A timetable on the committee's decision isn't known.

The committee, board of directors and shareholders nixed a previous offer July 31, saying the offer was financially inadequate and that Network Associates should "increase its offer to a level that the board of directors of can support or to promptly terminate and withdraw its offer."

Only four percent of's class A shareholders bought into the previous deal.

Today's offer is much more cash-friendly than the previous offer; Network Associates officials said the deal is 20 percent better than the previous one, which gave shareholders .90 percent of Network Associates stock in exchange.

George Samenuk, Network Associates chairman and chief executive officer, said his company would also extend the deadline to Sept. 12 to give shareholders time to make the exchange.

"We believe that the offer is fair to the public stockholders of both and Network Associates," he said. "The Network Associates Board of Directors has determined that we will not accept further dilution or cash expenditure to complete this transaction."