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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.


 

For a printable copy of this report, click here.

Forum Report: Dell Appraisal Rights

 

Dell Provides Copy of Secret Settlement,

Confirming First Version of Terms

Responding to the motion of the Forum’s representative Cavan petitioner for the court to clarify the terms of Dell’s settlement with the clients of Lead Counsel,[1] Dell finally agreed the day before a scheduled court hearing to provide a copy of the actual written agreement for confidential review.[2]

The provisions of that confidential June 24, 2016, written agreement appear to be consistent with our previously reported understanding of the oral summary provided by Dell during the June 27, 2016, private teleconference on which the court based its approval.[3]

The actual agreement does not support Dell’s second version of the settlement, described in their response to Cavan’s motion[4] as a payment for the release of rights to appeal only two decisions: (i) the May 11, 2016 court decision that dismissed Lead Counsel’s clients based on voting and (ii) the May 31, 2016 decision denying interest to those and other dismissed clients.[5]

Since court action was no longer required to learn the terms of Dell’s settlement, the Cavan motion has been withdrawn. It is assumed that the court will now be able to enter its final order and judgment in the case so that claimants can either accept their payment or appeal.

Claimants considering either appeal or a negotiated release of rights to appeal should of course confer with legal counsel and, if appropriate, communicate with Dell’s representative to explore a settlement.

GL – November 17, 2016

Gary Lutin

Chairman, The Shareholder Forum

575 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10022

Tel: 212-605-0335

Email: gl@shareholderforum.com

 


[2] For filings relating to the court’s scheduling of a hearing, the support of other petitioners, Cavan’s request to postpone the hearing upon Dell’s agreement to provide a copy of the settlement agreement subject to the case Confidentiality Order, and Cavan’s advice to the court that Dell had provided the agreement so that its motion could be withdrawn, see the “Settlement with former petitioners” section of the reference page for the Forum’s Dell project website.

[5] The actual written agreement also does not support a third version of provisions, described as “a settlement with Dell for $14.63 per share” on page 15 (PDF p. 16) of November 9, 2016, In Re: Appraisal of Dell, Inc. (Consol. C. A. No. 9322-VCL): Lead Counsel Proposal of Final Order and Judgment.

 

 

 

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.

The information provided to Forum participants is intended for their private reference, and permission has not been granted for the republishing of any copyrighted material. The material presented on this web site is the responsibility of Gary Lutin, as chairman of the Shareholder Forum.

Shareholder Forum™ is a trademark owned by The Shareholder Forum, Inc., for the programs conducted since 1999 to support investor access to decision-making information. It should be noted that we have no responsibility for the services that Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc., introduced for review in the Forum's 2010 "E-Meetings" program and has since been offering with the “Shareholder Forum” name, and we have asked Broadridge to use a different name that does not suggest our support or endorsement.

 

 

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.

The information provided to Forum participants is intended for their private reference, and permission has not been granted for the republishing of any copyrighted material. The material presented on this web site is the responsibility of Gary Lutin, as chairman of the Shareholder Forum.

Shareholder Forum™ is a trademark owned by The Shareholder Forum, Inc., for the programs conducted since 1999 to support investor access to decision-making information. It should be noted that we have no responsibility for the services that Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc., introduced for review in the Forum's 2010 "E-Meetings" program and has since been offering with the “Shareholder Forum” name, and we have asked Broadridge to use a different name that does not suggest our support or endorsement.