Dell gives the money back to the shareholders, goes private in $25 billion deal

“It’s official: Dell is going private,” Klint Finley reports for Wired. “Today, the company announced that stockholders have approved a buyout by eponymous founder, chairman, and CEO Michael Dell and private equity firm Silver Lake Partners.”

“Stockholders will be paid $13.88 in cash per share, plus a $.08 per share dividend for the third fiscal quarter, bringing the total buyout price to $24.9 billion,” Finley reports. “Dell’s transition from public to private company hasn’t been smooth. Michael Dell owned 15.7 percent of the company himself, but had to convince the rest of the shareholders to agree to a buyout. Activist shareholder Carl Icahn fought the process. But as Dell’s profits tanked by 79 percent, a buyout deal had to look attractive to stockholders.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Dell just gave the money back to the shareholders.

Karma sure is sweet!

Michael Dell

10:01 EDT: Added Mikey photo as per comments below.

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37 Comments

  1. That Karma is a bitch… bwahahaha, oh how it must suck to convince people that your company is even worth the buyout.

    Michael Dell’s beady lil eyes must have grown even closer to each other. Close set eyes may mean you can see, but still does not equate to vision.

    1. No, the “Shut it down” part is part 2 of this story.

      I wish Steve Jobs were alive to see this happen. Apple’s iPad is killing the PC industry and those in the PC market are just fighting for the scraps now. Good job Steve Jobs. Building the Mac Pro in Texas is just the Karma topper!

  2. The problem with Dell isn’t that they made spectacularly bad computers that were simply laden with cheap pieces of plastic everywhere but that they failed to understand the consumer market and tried to go head to head with Apple with its consumer facing range of laptops but lost out due to the fact that it was running Windows. This goes to show that where a consumer has a choice over his computing tool of choice, he will inevitably plump for Apple due to higher manufacturing tolerances and a better OS overall.

    So really Dell is relegated to serving the corporate market where cutthroat competition prevails and decisions are made by IT doofuses on the golf course sponsored by the giant in Redmond. Dell’s race to the bottom has about a mile to go before they hit the bottom of the Marianas Trench and have nowhere to go but towards the earth’s core.

    1. Oh, the irony.

      At one time, Dell was the low-cost producer. That was the company’s unique advantage in its heyday of manufacturing in Round Rock, Texas. Over time, Dell shifted production to Asia to minimize costs in what became a commoditzed, cutthroat industry. But it did not take long for companies such as Acer, which manufactured Dell PCs to realize that they could produce a similar product for even less, and undercut Dell. And then, Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone and iPad. The glory days of the PC were over, and with it, sunk Dell’s fortunes.

      By not investing in R&D or significant design teams, Dell focused on manufacturing efficiency instead. But doing so did nothing to make Dell PCs stand out. Like Microsoft and Intel, Dell missed the revolution started by the iPhone and iPad, and the shift away from desktop and laptop computing to tablets, most notably the iPad. To my knowledge, Dell does not make either a competing phone or tablet, focusing instead on WinTel laptops, servers and IT services.

      In so doing, Michael Dell, like Steve Ballmer, missed two of the most pervasive computing and consumer electronics trends today. The announcement that Dell is going private shows the impact of the company’s failure to either anticipate or react to fundamental changes in the marketplace.

      Dell can likely continue to as an IT services company, selling servers and laptops, and related services to corporations. But the glory days for Dell appear to be history. Funny how but ten years ago, the pundits would never have seen this coming.

      But Steve Jobs did.

      1. Dell actually has made tablets and smartphones for years, running Android and Windows OS’s. You totally get a pass for not noticing though – they are exactly as unremarkable and crude as you would imagine Dell tablets and phones would be.

    2. I can’t disagree with your analysis except to suggest that IT doofuses don’t play much golf. They are more likely aficionados of Dungeons & Dragons, bowling, and women’s beach volleyball.

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