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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.

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Appraisal Rights Investments

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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.

Note: On December 14, 2017, the Delaware Supreme Court reversed and remanded the decision above, encouraging reliance upon market pricing of the transaction as a determination of "fair value." The Forum accordingly reported that it would resume support of marketplace processes instead of judicial appraisal for the realization of intrinsic value in opportunistically priced but carefully negotiated buyouts.



The new details of Southeastern negotiations with Dell during the period from June 2012 until the February 2013 announcement of an approved proposal, including the suggested $17 per share joint Southeastern-Dell buyout referenced in the article below, are reported in the section “Background of this Solicitation” beginning on page 1 (PDF page 6) of the preliminary proxy statement:


Source: The Wall Street Journal, June 6, 2013 article


BUSINESS  |  Updated June 6, 2013, 1:01 p.m. ET

Dell Shareholders Urged to Vote No by Icahn


Carl Icahn and Southeastern Asset Management Inc. formally urged other Dell Inc. shareholders to vote against a proposed $24.4 billion buyout of the PC maker.

The duo for weeks have been agitating against the offer, struck in February, for private-equity firm Silver Lake Partners and Chief Executive Michael Dell to buy Dell's publicly held shares for $13.65 each. Mr. Icahn and Southeastern last month sketched out an alternative plan to leave some shares publicly traded, and pay Dell stockholders a dividend of $12 a share.

In a filing Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Mr. Icahn and Southeastern urged shareholders to vote against the Silver Lake-Michael Dell buyout. The filing offered no further details about their alternative offer, which a special committee of Dell's board has said is financially unworkable as proposed.

The filing also adding more details about talks last summer between Mr. Dell and Southeastern officials about a potential going-private transaction. The company previously disclosed Mr. Dell and Southeastern discussed the matter for weeks starting last June, but the filing Thursday for the first time said Southeastern officials sketched out a buyout transaction at $17 a share, with both Mr. Dell and Southeastern retaining shares in the company.

Together, Mr. Icahn and Southeastern own about 12.8% of Dell.

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