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Let's face it, sometimes a father knows best, and that applies to business as well. Hence why Michael Dell, founding father of the world's third largest PC company, fought so hard to take Dell private so that he could maneuver the firm in the path of his vision without being second guessed and scrutinized by shareholders every step of the way. And now a year removed from the $24.9 billion buyout, things are looking bright. Exceedingly bright, that is. Citing a pair of people with knowledge of the matter, Bloomberg reports that Michael and private equity firm Silver Lake Management LLC have made... Read more...
Following months of back and forth between Michael Dell, Dell's board of directors, and a few outspoken shareholders such as Carl Icahn, the world's third largest PC maker is now back in the hands of the man who started it all. Dell announced today the completion of its acquisition by Michael, the company's founder who was also serving as chairman and chief executive officer, and Sliver Lake Partners, an investment firm. "Today, Dell enters an exciting new chapter as a private enterprise," Michael said in a statement. "Our 110,000 team members worldwide are 100 percent focused on our customers... Read more...
Barring anything unexpected, Michael Dell is almost assured to gain control of the company he founded and take it private following a shareholder vote later this week. Michael had originally proposed a $24.4 billion buyout offer for the world's third largest PC maker, but things hit a snag when some began to question Dell's overall value. Billionaire investor and Dell shareholder Carl Icahn emerged as one of the most outspoken opponents of the deal, threatening legal action and even putting together an alternative package that would pay shareholders a dividend while keeping the company public.... Read more...
Michael Dell is in the midst of trying to take over the company he founded long ago, and if he succeeds in his bid, he'll take Dell private, giving himself complete control without having to answer to a board of directors or shareholders. He'll then be able to run the company however he sees fit, and with the market trending to mobile, some have surmised Michael would pull out of the PC market. Would he really do that? Probably not. In case anyone was wondering where he stands, Michael stated in no uncertain terms at the Dell Solutions Summit in Beijing, China, that Dell will continue to build... Read more...
Dell reported a 72 percent annual drop in net income to $204 million during its second quarter for fiscal 2014, though the company remains steadfast in its strategy to customers in what it termed a "challenging environment." Indeed it is for PC makers as sales continue to slide during the recent transition to mobile devices, like tablets and smartphones. Revenue came in at $14.5 billion, about the same as it was a year ago. Interestingly, it was software, not hardware, that ultimately hurt Dell's bottom line. Dell's desktop and think client revenue actually jumped a percentage point, which doesn't... Read more...
After penning an open letter to Dell's board of directors essentially telling the company to take or leave his "best and final offer" to acquire the company he founded, Michael Dell has gone back and revised his bid as part of a new agreement with Dell's special board committee, Dell said in a statement. Michael sweetened his offer by increasing the purchase price by a dime from $13.65 per share to $13.75 per share, providing a $0.13 per share dividend to shareholders, and a guarantee that the third-quarter dividend of $0.08 per share will be paid at or before closing. All of this equates to at... Read more...
Michael Dell is apparently finished with negotiations and has made a final offer to Dell's board of directors to take control of the company he founded. In an open letter to shareholders, Michael reiterated that taking Dell private is, in his opinion, still the right thing to do. You also get the impression that he's frustrated the process is taking so long. "After one of the most thorough processes in history, the highest price that any of the parties was willing to pay was $13.65 per share," Michael stated in his letter. "Although no other party has offered to pay more than $13.65 per share,... Read more...
It wasn't that long ago when it seemed like Michael Dell was well on his way to acquiring the company he founded. Michael, along with Silver Lake Partners and an investment from Microsoft, put together a $24.4 billion buyout bid that was unanimously approved by Dell's board of directors. The deal would pay shareholders $13.65 per share, and then Michael and his company would ride off into the sunset, going private along the way. Billionaire businessman and Dell shareholder Carl Icahn has been one of the most outspoken opponents of the deal, claiming that Michael's offer severely undervalues the... Read more...
Billionaire businessman Carl Icahn may ultimately fail in preventing Michael Dell from acquiring the company he founded and taking it private, but he isn't going down without a fight. Icahn keeps coming back to the table with new proposals, and the latest development is that he's seeking a meeting with Dell's board of directors after lining up a $5.2 billion loan. "With that we put an end to the unwarranted speculation by Dell that our money would not be available," Icahn stated in a letter, according to Reuters. Icahn, along with Southeastern Asset Management, has offered to pay Dell's shareholders... Read more...
A special committed formed by an independent group of directors weighed in on the situation with Dell and the two offers on the table, one a buyout bid by company co-founder Michael Dell and the other a dividend payment by activist investor Carl Icahn. The committee's suggestion? Take Michael's money and run. Michael, along with private equity firm Silver Lake Partners, originally proposed a $24.4 billion buyout of the world's third largest PC maker with the intention of taking the company private. Under that scenario, Microsoft would kick in a $2 billion loan to help seal the deal. Dell's board... Read more...
What was supposed to be a relatively quick and easy buyout of Dell, the world's third largest PC vendor, has turned into a drawn out dispute over the company's value, with Carl Icahn having emerged as one of the loudest voices of dissent. Perhaps fed up with the whole ordeal, Dell's board of directors, who unanimously voted in favor of Michael Dell's original $24.4 billion buyout offer, is urging shareholders to put the matter to a vote According to Reuters, Dell's board stated in its letter to shareholders that Michael's proposal "is the best alternative available...it offers certainty and a very... Read more...
Three months ago, Dell's Board of Directors unanimously approved a merger agreement under which company founder Michael Dell and investment firm Silver Lake Partners would acquire the PC maker for $24.4 billion. Michael's plan is to take Dell private so he can run the company as he sees fit without the pressure of answering to shareholders each quarter, and while that still may happen, it's not a foregone conclusion. One person who's been aggressively opposed to the deal since the beginning in Carl Icahn. Mr. Ichan is viewed as the last major threat to the deal ever since the New York-based investment... Read more...
It's tough to say what kind of resistance Michael Dell anticipated when decided to acquire the company he founded for $24.4 billion. Under terms of the deal, which was unanimously approved by Dell's Board of Directors, Mr. Dell and his investment partners will pay shareholders $13.65 per share in cash. That figure represents a 25 percent premium over Dell's closing share price of $10.88 on January 11, 2013, the last trading day before rumors surrounding the deal were first published, but not everyone is happy with the figure. Days after the deal was announced, Southeastern Asset Management wrote... Read more...
Michael Dell, along with partners Silver Lake Management and Microsoft, are anxious to complete a takeover bid of the world's third largest PC maker, but not everyone involved is gung-ho to get it done. Southeastern Asset Management, Dell's biggest outside shareholder, plans to fight the acquisition on the basis that Mr. Dell's takeover price isn't high enough. Michael Dell and his investment partners struck an agreement with Dell's board to acquire the company for $13.65 per share, valuing the company at $24.4 billion. However, Southeastern Asset Management wrote in a letter to the board that... Read more...
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