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The Shareholder Forumtm

special project of the public interest program for

Fair Investor Access

Supporting investor interests in

appraisal rights for intrinsic value realization

in the buyout of

Dell Inc.

For related issues, see programs for

Appraisal Rights Investments

Fair Investor Access

Project Status

Forum participants were encouraged to consider appraisal rights in June 2013 as a means of realizing the same long term intrinsic value that the company's founder and private equity partner sought in an opportunistic market-priced buyout, and legal research of court valuation standards was commissioned to support the required investment decisions.

The buyout transaction became effective on October 28, 2013 at an offer price of $13.75 per share, and the appraisal case was initiated on October 29, 2013, by the Forum's representative petitioner, Cavan Partners, LP. The Delaware Chancery Court issued its decision on May 31, 2016, establishing the intrinsic fair value of Dell shares at the effective date as $17.62 per share, approximately 28.1% more than the offer price, with definitive legal explanations confirming the foundations of Shareholder Forum support for appraisal rights.

Each of the Dell shareholders who chose to rely upon the Forum's support satisfied the procedural requirements to be eligible for payment of the $17.62 fair value, plus interest on that amount compounding since the effective date at 5% above the Federal Reserve discount rate.


 

 

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Forum Report: Dell Appraisal Rights

Inviting Suggestions for Effective Management of Dell Appraisal Case

Responding to recent reports raising further questions about relying upon the currently designated lead petitioners to manage the Dell appraisal case,[1] the Cavan petitioner that had initiated the proceeding for Forum participants acted today to allow the formal court appearance of Special Counsel.[2] Cavan and the other Petitioners with unchallenged dissenter rights – funds managed by Ballentine and Magnetar – are also actively considering alternatives for a collaborative management plan that would allow each of them to help guide the continuing progress of the case.

Suggestions of objectives for the new management plan will be welcomed from non-petitioner claimants in the Dell case as well as from any Forum participants interested in developing case management practices that may be applied to other cases. While our top priority will necessarily be to minimize disruption of the court proceeding, we should also take advantage of opportunities to improve the benefits to claimants.

An example of opportunities being considered to benefit claimants is to establish regular progress reporting, with quarterly updates as well as special reports of any major developments, so that Petitioners and other claimants can keep informed of their investment interests without the burdens – and costs – of individual inquiries through their lawyers, or directly to lead counsel whose expenses will be allocated to all claimants. By following what is a standard practice for most types of investments, we should be able to improve both the quality and the cost-efficiency of the appraisal process.

We will of course report whatever plan is established, and will continue to invite your suggestions of opportunities to make the process more effective for all investors.

GL – May 26, 2015

Gary Lutin

Chairman, The Shareholder Forum

575 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10022

Tel: 212-605-0335

Email: gl@shareholderforum.com

 

 

 

This project was conducted as part of the Shareholder Forum's public interest  program for "Fair Investor Access," which is open free of charge to anyone concerned with investor interests in the development of marketplace standards for expanded access to information for securities valuation and shareholder voting decisions. As stated in the posted Conditions of Participation, the Forum's purpose is to provide decision-makers with access to information and a free exchange of views on the issues presented in the program's Forum Summary. Each participant is expected to make independent use of information obtained through the Forum, subject to the privacy rights of other participants.  It is a Forum rule that participants will not be identified or quoted without their explicit permission.

The management of Dell Inc. declined the Forum's invitation to provide leadership of this project, but was encouraged to collaborate in its progress to assure cost-efficient, timely delivery of information relevant to investor decisions. As the project evolved, those information requirements were ultimately satisfied in the context of an appraisal proceeding.

Inquiries about this project and requests to be included in its distribution list may be addressed to dell@shareholderforum.com.

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