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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.


 

 

For a printable copy of this report with the referenced court filing, click here.

Forum Report: Dell Appraisal Rights

Progress of Proposal to Revise Management of Dell Appraisal Case

Based on your comments and on the advice of legal counsel regarding the recently reported concerns about the conflicting duties of lead counsel in the Dell appraisal case,[1] the Cavan petitioner has submitted the following response to Magnetar Capital’s motion for their control of the case:

Summarizing the response, it supports Magnetar’s view of a need for court action to assure appropriate representation of legitimate claimant interests, but requests the court’s consideration of alternatives to Magnetar’s proposed solution. Cavan specifically suggests that the Court simply resolve the eligibility challenges of T Rowe Price before proceeding further with the trial of valuation issues, according to the statute,[2] so that the existing Lead Counsel will one way or another be relieved of any conflicting duties and be able to devote its expertise and knowledge of the case to the interests of all remaining, legitimate claimants.

If the court decides that the valuation trial should proceed before determining the interests of Lead Counsel’s clients, however, the Cavan response asks that the court resolve the concerns about control by some alternative to the Magnetar proposal that would not diminish the rights of all other petitioners to be heard.

The court has suggested scheduling its hearing of the Magnetar motion on either September 25 or 28, and we will of course report developments.

GL – September 16, 2015

Gary Lutin

Chairman, The Shareholder Forum

575 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10022

Tel: 212-605-0335

Email: gl@shareholderforum.com

 


[2] See Delaware General Corporation Law, § 262. Appraisal Rights, Section (h): “After the Court determines the stockholders entitled to an appraisal, the appraisal proceeding shall be conducted in accordance with the rules of the Court of Chancery, including any rules specifically governing appraisal proceedings.”

 

 

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.

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