This excerpt taken from the VRSN 10-K filed Mar 16, 2005.
In February 2004, VeriSign completed its acquisition of Guardent, a privately held provider of managed security services. VeriSign paid approximately $135 million for all the outstanding shares of capital stock of Guardent, of which approximately $65 million was in cash and the remainder in VeriSign common stock. The acquisition has been accounted for as a purchase and, accordingly, the total purchase price has been allocated to the tangible and intangible assets acquired and the liabilities assumed based on their respective fair values on the acquisition date. Guardents results of operations have been included in the consolidated financial statements from its date of acquisition. As a result of the acquisition of Guardent, VeriSign recorded goodwill of $114.1 million and intangible assets of $22.2 million, which have been assigned to the Internet Services Group segment. The goodwill represents the excess value over both tangible and intangible assets acquired. VeriSign attributes the goodwill in this transaction to managements belief that the acquisition is a strategic fit with its existing business and will create an unmatched breadth of service and consulting offerings, delivered from a global infrastructure that is highly scalable and offers reliable, state-of-the-art managed security services. None of the goodwill for Guardent is deductible for tax purposes. The overall weighted-average life of the identified amortizable assets acquired in the purchase of Guardent is 4.5 years. These identified intangible assets will be amortized on a straight-line basis over their useful lives.
The following table summarizes the estimated fair value of the assets acquired and liabilities assumed at the date of acquisition: